I'm not religious, but I believe in signs. Like if my alarm clock doesn't go off in the morning, it's a sign I should stay home from work. If a boy wears a UNC t-shirt under a suit jacket, it's a sign we should be betrothed. If it's raining and I don't have an umbrella, it's a sign that I should blow off the gym and go to the movies and get a popcorn and Coke. But there's a Swedish couple that pays no attention to signs from above. The Universe gave them six specific signs on their honeymoon that they should not be together, but listen they did not.
Over the course of their once-in-a-lifetime, four-month-long trip around the world to celebrate their love and their recent wedding, the newlyweds experienced six natural disasters. Six. And you've heard of all of them. The couple showed up and BOOM, weather catastrophe. Kind of glad they didn't come to NYC.
The couple's first leg of their doomed journey began December 6, 2010 when they took off from Stockholm, and then were grounded and stranded in Munich, Germany in one of Europe's biggest snowstorms of all time. Strike one.
But Stefan and Erika Svanstrom, our brave twosome, were not ruffled. They finally made it to Australia where they were looking forward to exploring the country and getting some sun. The Universe had something else in mind.
They experienced the devastation of the cyclone in Cairns, strike two. Endured the flooding in Brisbane, strike three, and narrowly survived the wildfires in Perth ... strike four.
I'm sure the Svanstroms were pretty darn eager to get out of Australia when they headed for New Zealand. Oh, what's that? They arrived in Christchurch just after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake all but leveled the city? That's strike five.
Likely thinking that things couldn't possibly be worse, the newlyweds boarded a plane for Tokyo, and well, I think you can guess what happened next. They were there for the Japanese earthquake and resultant tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Strike mother freaking six.
I gotta hand it to Stefan and Erika. Their honeymoon sounds horrendous, but they seem to have a sense of humor about it. Stefan explained:
I know marriages have to endure some trials, but I think we have been through most of them, 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.
Amen, Stefan. Now you two stay out of the States and we'll get along just fine.
Would you have interpreted the six natural disasters on your honeymoon as a sign that maybe you shouldn't be together?
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