Knistad Herrgard

I am sitting in Shanghai and reading online and is happy to see the positive article about Knistad Herrgard. My favorite place to go in summer to play golf or just hit some balls at the driving range.

The article say that more than 18 000 people stayed at the hotel near the golf course and several times during the year all 80 rooms been booked.

Obviously many golfers spent nights in the hotel but guests coming to their amazing Christmas Dinner also increased a lot.

Last year’s success will result in big investments in the property, 31 one rooms will be renovated as well as the restaurant and some of the public areas.

In 2020 the next big thing will happen, the addition of a large spa facility in connection to the hotel and golf course.

When I am back in Sweden in June I will as always go there for a round of golf. I like Knistad because it is always very peaceful, and even though it is an old mansion I feel the environment is very casual and relaxed.

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This year is finished

Today is New Year’s Eve. I don’t really care that much. My back is completely messed up and I feel like I am thousands years old so my plan on how to end 2017 is laying in bed and try to sleep. 2017 has been the best and worst year of my life. I am certain 2018 will be better and feature less of the events that belong in the “worst category”.

What’s your plans for the coming year?

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No cash at the banks in Sweden

Today I will just write a short post about the surprisingly low quality of the service at Swedish banks. I need to write this down cause I felt so f-ing annoyed today.

A lot of things in China is complicated but personal banking is actually a breeze. So perhaps I am a bit spoiled after soon three years in China?

After visiting the Chinese Consulate in Gothenburg today I needed to stop by SEB and deal with some bank things. First the waiting time was longer than an eternity but finally it was my turn. Since I do not have a valid card for the ATM I asked the cashier to please help me to withdraw some cash from my bank account. He say he can not do this for me. I am at a bank. I am a customer in this bank. I have money in my account. The bank can not help me get the cash out.

Amazing Sweden.

He directed me to another branch of SEB. I started walking there and when I finally arrived I discovered an ugly unprofessional sign saying “Line for cash related business”, so I got in line and waited. And waited. After another 30-40 minutes of waiting it was finally my turn and the cashier at this branch quickly helped me to withdraw my money.

Withdraw a couple of hundred SEK took about two hours.

Amazing Sweden.

What about your country? Do all the banks still handle cash? I bet they do.

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