Early on Friday morning we got up and went to get the rental car that Fredrik had arranged and then we started our trip to Kolmården which is only about 130 km away from Stockholm. The program started at 10 a.m. and we were 6 persons that would meet the Dolphins. We started with some coffee as we watched the dolphins through several windows that faced the bottom of the dolphin pool. I got really emotional and my tears just ran, I was so excited and thankful for this very special day. After the coffee we had a 2 hour lecture about dolphins which was very interresting. There was a problem though, in the class room there also was a window facing the dolphin pool and I couldn’t stop staring when the dolphins swam by the window, playing with each other :-) After the lecture we had lunch, still by the windows looking at the beautiful animals. I could hardly eat my lunch, and then finally it was time to change to wetsuits! The whole building is built with windows facing the pool, so you can see the dolphins all the time even in the changing room and also in the sauna so it’s important not being timid as you’re watched by the dolphins :-)
The encounter with the dolphins was fantastic. We were divided into 2 groups and I was in the same group as Fredrik and a lady. Our group started with taking photos. So the first time I ever touched a dolphin I had to pose to the camera at the same time, but I quickly forgot all about it as soon as I met Vicky, a 33 year old dolphin. I couldn’t stop smiling and I kissed and cuddled with her. It was absolutely amazing. Then Fredrik and I went away to the other side of the pool where we sat beside one of the trainers. She called the dolphins, one at time, and we cuddled with them. We also learned different commandos: we conducted in the air which made the dolphin dance and sing, we applauded and so did the dolphin and we splashed with our feet and the dolphin did the same. After each command we got a fish that we threw to the dolphin. It was fantastic and the dolphins were so kind and soft. Afterwards all 6 of us put on snorkels and cyclops and then we sat down under the water so we could hear and see the dolphins while they did different tricks. At the end we were told to stand up in the pool without our cyclops and one of the dolphins swam by, splashing water on us! The time went so fast, too fast. I could have stayed there forever but it was time to say goodbye. We were rather cold by now so it was nice and hot to sit in the sauna for a while, watching the dolphins swim by. I had a lovely day! It was totally amazing, I can’t describe in words how happy I am.
Afterwards we strolled around alone in the zoo, it is closed during winter but we were allowed to walk around. Most of the animals were inside in their houses as it’s too cold, but we saw the Sibirian tigers, the penguins and the funny seals which seemed to enjoy our company pretty much. We spent the night at the Viltmarkshotellet, where we got the most lovely suite and Fredrik’s parents had also sent a bottle of Champagne. We ate a 3 course dinner in the hotel restaurant, and in the morning on my birthday we headed back to Stockholm.
On Saturday evening we went to the luxurious restaurant “Pontus in the green house” and the food was totally amazing. The waiters and the service was excellent. We started with a drink and then we ordered our main courses, I choose “Fillet of Monkfish with shellfish and lobster foam served with Jerusalem artichoke purée” and Fredrik choose “Swedish fillet of veal with ox marrow, knuckle of veal, artichoke and tomato”. Before our main course we got an appetizer, asparagus rolled in some kind of meat. The waiter kindly served me asparagus with a lovely ratatouille and lime aïoli instead, when I told that I didn’t eat meat. We both thought that the appetizer was really nice. We were also served different breads and 3 sorts of butter, and then we got our main courses. The food was absolutely amazing, delicious and excellent composed. We enjoyed every bite of our food. After the main course we ordered dessert and while we were waiting for our “Crème Brûlée” and “Cherry poached pears on pear and lemon curd with pear and vanilla doughnuts and macadamia flarn”, we were holding hands when Fredrik kindly asked me to close my eyes. So I did and after a short while he asked me to open my eyes again. And for the second day in a row I experienced a moment that I couldn’t believe was true. There, during our lovely evening, my dear Fredrik proposed to me while holding the most beautiful ring. It was really romantic and he said beautiful things. Of course I said yes, I love him very deeply. I was so happy, we both were. And the ring was perfect, a long time ago he had tried one of my rings and memorized how it fitted his own finger. After a while we were served a pre-dessert: a fennel sorbet on raspberry soda which was very interresting tasting and really nice. It was hard concentrating on the pre-dessert, our thoughts were somewere else. After the sorbet we got our real desserts which were so delicous and my pear composition was just beautiful. And I couldn’t stop smiling, everything felt great. When we were done we were very satisfied but to out surprise we got another dessert, a marble plate with 6 or 7 different mini sweets like conjac truffle, marshmallow, lemon toffee, panaforte and other ones which I don’t exactly remember. Each and every mini sweet tasted divine, it was a perfect ending on a perfect dinner and evening. We then walked home hand in hand through Gamla Stan, a truly happy and lucky newly engaged couple with stomachs full of amazing food and hearts full of love…