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April 06, 2011

Scandi Couple Survives 6 Natural Disasters on Honeymoon

Survived? Or caused?

Let’s examine the apocalyptic facts

”STOCKHOLM (AP) - Honeymoons aren't always easy for newlyweds, but six natural disasters. When Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm set out on their 4-month-long honeymoon with their baby girl, ‘Damienette,’ on Dec. 6, they say they got more than they bargained for: Immediately they were stranded in Munich, Germany, due to one of Europe's worst snowstorms, he said. But that was just the beginning.”

Just the beginning indeed…

(Note: The child’s actual name wasn’t provided in the article so a random substitute is being used on this post. –ed)

After leaving most of Western Europe a frozen and desolate wasteland, the family’s dark itinerary took them to Australia, which received a triple helping of despair:

”After that, he said, they experienced the devastation of a cyclone in Cairns, Australia, and the flooding in Brisbane, and narrowly escaped the bush fires in Perth.”

Narrowly escaped.” Yes, let’s go with that. Or was it because they already had designs on their next target:

”Just before they arrived in New Zealand, the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.”

Christchurch. Doubtful it was on their primary hit list. But, the name and all, you see. Irresistible. And since they were in the neighborhood why not do a structure hit before heading off to…

”…Tokyo, they felt Japan's largest temblor since records began, he said "The trembling was horrible and we saw roof tiles fly off the buildings. It was like the buildings were swaying back and forth," said Svanstrom, who also said he survived the devastating tsunami that hit southeast Asia in 2004.”

There it is again. To the fine folks at AP: This word “survived” you keep using? I do not think it means what you think it means. Or was he merely testing the proverbial waters? The couple sounds threatening optimistic about the future:

”For newlyweds "we've certainly experienced more than our fair share of catastrophes in a marriage, but the most important thing is that we're still going strong," he said.”

That’s good to hear. Can’t wait to hear what their travel plans are for this year.

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