Swedish Newlyweds Face Six Natural Disasters on Hellish Honeymoon

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Stranded travelers sleep at Tokyo's Haneda airport following an earthquake in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, March 11, 2011

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One Swedish couple experienced unbelievably terrible luck on their honeymoon.

Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm embarked on their four-month honeymoon in Dec. with their infant daughter in tow. Little did they know they would encounter six natural disasters along the way, making the trip quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Shortly after departing, the Svanstroms found themselves in the midst of a deadly snowstorm that hit Munich, Germany. Managing to escape alive, they faced crowded airports and flight delays, but secured a flight to Singapore and headed to Southeast Asia — just in time for monsoon season.

Sick of the bad weather but still in high spirits, the couple journeyed to Australia, where they were greeted by bush fires in Perth, flooding in Brisbane and their first major natural disaster: a category 5 cyclone in Cairns. They were evacuated and forced to spend 24 hours in a crowded shopping center with thousands of other citizens. Not exactly the most romantic honeymoon setting.

But Mother Nature wasn’t finished. The same day the Svanstroms planned to fly to New Zealand, their destination of Christchurch was hit with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 65 people.

Next up was Japan, for the grand finale. While in Tokyo, they lived through the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that pillaged the country. “The trembling was horrible and we saw roof tiles fly off the buildings,” Stefan told CBS.

Miraculously still in one piece, the family returned to Stockholm on Mar. 29 after a calm few weeks in China.

In other news, reinsurance provider Transatlantic Holdings reported Tuesday that it expects to record $355 million in catastrophe costs for the first quarter, citing the floods in Australia, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. NewsFeed thinks that theoretically, the Svanstroms have accrued these damages single-handedly.

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