Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eiko's 30th Birthday Celebration

Next week is Eiko's 30th birthday but she had a party this past Saturday in Stockholm.  So on Friday I flew up to join in on all of the festivities.  Liz and James flew over from England so it was almost like a mini-Bratisville reunion.

On Friday night several of us went out to dinner.  Eiko has talked about her fiance Tommi for years so it was nice to finally meet him.

On Saturday a bunch of us spent the day at Skansen.  Skansen was Sweden's first open-air museum and zoo.  The 75 acre (300.000 m²) site is on Djurgården island and attracts over 1.3 million visitors per year.

Skansen was founded in 1891 and shows what life was like across Sweden prior to the industrial age.  Most to the buildings, including an average 19th century town, are original.

It was pretty cool seeing reindeer just a couple of weeks before Christmas.

After a disco nap it was time for Eiko's party.  We started off at her flat and then a bunch of us continued the festivities at a club.  On our way, we stopped for a group photo at the Thor statue. 

It was tremendous fun.  The only downer came at the end of the evening (or rather very early the next morning).  Johannes lost his credit card in the club and would not be able to get it until the cleaning crew finished at 4:30 am.  I volunteered to wait with him and luckily he did get his card back.  By the time we made it back to our flat, I crawled in to bed at 5:30 am.  I even managed to get a couple hours of sleep before my 9:30 flight to Dublin.  Needless to say I was completely knackered on Sunday.  It's a good thing that these wild nights only happen once in a while. 

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