Sweden - Ukraine Match... and it's JUNE!!!
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Still, I graciously decline (score one for me!) and continue to be shocked/appalled as she takes one. Mind you that Malin is quite a small lady. She definitely drank me under the table though. On the train, everyone seems to know Malin, big surprise, and I'm not at all shocked when she says we are going to be interviewed for Swedish TV before the game. We drop our stuff off at a hotel that her friend has graciously fixed for us and head downtown to the central square in Stockholm where all the diehard supporters are gathered before the game. Once again, EVERYONE knows Malin, and when she introduces me as her friend from New York who's visiting, each person who comes up to meet us buys us both a beer!
I head out on my own to find a bit more food and dilute myself with a little water or ginger ale. After a nice hour walk I find myself at the steps of Café Opera, which seems very quiet based on what I had heard. It looks amazing inside and I could use a quiet place so I step into the terrace and order a ginger ale only to have the guy next to me look at me funny. I say something along the lines of "Dude, you have no idea!" and responds with just enough for me to tell he is American. Chris turns out to be a great guy who is working for a member of Congress in DC and was just in Stockholm for a wedding. We have a good conversation and I continue to order ginger ales and cokes to the dismay of the ordinarily gorgeous waitress. It is about midnight before I notice that people had started to show up and just about the same time I noticed that the last ginger ale I had ordered had turned into a beer somehow...
As the few hours of darkness took over, the quiet outdoor bar erupted into a dance floor packed with all sorts of beautiful people giving me a very NYC feeling. I stepped inside to go to the bathroom and saw the inside club absolutely jam packed with hundreds of people listening to a DJ competition. I resurfaced and continued my now increasingly more difficult conversation with Chris only to see the last person I had ever expected to see! There is Malin trying to find me... haha, she is AMAZING! I don't see how she was alive, let alone at the bar and ready to go.
Next thing I know, it is 3am and Chris, Malin and I have met a few very nice ladies and we are informed that the after parties are at two nearby bars. When in Rome, right? I get home to the tune of sunlight after 5 am, yet again, and decide that I need to do some detox after this weekend.