Monday, October 19, 2009
Surprise visit in Sweden
Since Thursday night I’ve been in Sweden. This visit was a big “secret” up until the day before yesterday when we surprised my oldest sister Nella (who’s getting married on Saturday) to have a hen’s party (that we have been planning since summer). In order not to make her suspicious about our choice of a last-minute-hen’s-party-date, some of her friends had already held a “fake hen’s party” for her the night before, so imagine her surprise (and hangover -haha!) when she arrived at her wedding venue early on Saturday morning in order to “discuss a kitchen emergency” with the chef who’d “suddenly called her” (our work of course) and found me, our other sister Charlotte, and a big bunch of her friends there waiting for her. She was so certain that I was still in China that she didn’t really click at first, but when we gave her a princess tiara and a glass of champagne she started to realize that this was the “real thing.” Hilarious!
What then followed was a day of champagne and fun. We started off at a venue called “the house of adventure” where we played some grownup physical- and mind games that included everything from climbing on walls to solving more (and less) brainy quizzes that were scattered around as different “adventure rooms” inside a large venue . Then we went to a dance club where we were given an one-hour dance session with an instructor, and in the end we were all crawling around on the floor, “bringing out our sexy and feminine personality” (?!) to the sound of The Pussycat Dolls. Oh lord that video (yes of course it was video filmed) shall never come out. But we sure had a lot of fun while dancing!
After that, one of Nella’s friends had arranged for us to have a sauna/drinking session at a hotel in town, so we went there and spent a few hours refreshing, washing up and steaming down. We then made ourselves ready (sweaty dance pants were swapped for short dresses, make up was added, hair was brushed) and went to one of the girls' house, where a 3-course dinner awaited us.
Dinner was followed by more drinks, more dancing, and then we eventuelly hit a club in town. What an amazing night! I had so much fun! The best fun was obviously to see my sister getting the princess treatment all day long, going well into her part as the “queen bee” (especially when we were dancing to the pussycat dolls). Also, the look of her face when she first saw me that morning was rather priceless!
Pussycat dolls dance
(It's you-need-to-wear-your-winter-coat-and-hat-freezing cold in Sweden already... Winter came early this year. Quite a change from the 25 degrees and sunshine in Suzhou that I just left)
This week is full of “wedding-must-dos,” preparations, dress fitting and you name it. I’m her maid of honour (together with my second oldest sister, Charlotte), so a lot of responsibilities (including a speech!) are in my hands. The wedding will take place on Saturday and then I’ll fly back to China next Monday.
Me and my 2 lovely sisters! ♥