My amazing and unforgettable 30th birthday

Me and Vicky

As I wrote earlier Fredrik was very secret about my birthday, but on Thursday evening he finally told me. When we met in the evening at home after work he gave me flowers and I thought that it was a bit unnecessary as it was still 2 days left to my birthday, but still I was very surprised and glad. When I removed all the paper surrounding the flowers I found a card, saying that I was going to meet and bath with the dolphins at Kolmården Aquarium!!! I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy and I couldn’t stop smiling!!! I love animals, especially dolphins and I had a long period when I was determined to become a Marine Biologist. But I choose another path and became a programmer, but that’s another story that I can tell you about another day :-) Anyway, I was in extasy and I had a hard time falling asleep that night.

Kisskiss ;-)

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 :-)

Lunch by the Dolphin pool

Lunch with 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.

Fredrik, the trainer, Dagmar and one of the 9 dolphins

Fredrik, the trainer, myself and one of the dolphins.

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…

37 Responses to “My amazing and unforgettable 30th birthday”

  1. Fran
    March 20th, 2006 01:49

    Congratulations! Your story is just wonderful. It all sounds so perfect.

  2. Dagmar
    March 20th, 2006 08:54

    Thank you Fran. It was perfect.

  3. Maria
    March 20th, 2006 09:15

    Wow vilken födelsedag! Och frieri på det! GRATTIS! :-D Får man se bild på ringen?

  4. Bonnieto
    March 20th, 2006 12:24

    Länkar till din sida, för jag tyckte att födelsedagshistorien var så fin. Grattis till allt :)

  5. milie
    March 20th, 2006 15:01

    what a beautiful birthday!
    and congratulations!

  6. Pille
    March 20th, 2006 19:15

    Congratulations, Dagmar – sounds like you had a perfect birthday indeed – dolphins, fantastic meal, _and_ the engagement!
    Lucky girl:)

  7. Dagmar
    March 21st, 2006 11:03

    Tack så mycket! Hehe, jag får väl ordna ett foto på ringen ;-)

    Tack! Roligt att du tyckte om min födelsedagshelg :-)

    Thank you so much, Milie!

    Thank you so much, Pille. I am indeed a lucky girl :-)

  8. Lena
    March 21st, 2006 13:16

    Jag blir alldeles muschy här på jobbet! Grattis! :)

  9. Soulafa
    March 21st, 2006 15:57

    What a beautiful gift and experience, I love dolphins.

  10. Anne
    March 21st, 2006 21:37

    Ah, that was a beautiful write-up of what must have been a wonderful weekend. :) And I want to see the ring, too!!

  11. Dagmar
    March 22nd, 2006 10:20

    Hihi, tacktack!

    Yes, dolphins are just wonderful.

    Thanks! Well, then I guess that I’ll have to take a picture of it or we’ll just meet for a “fika” :-)

  12. Anne
    March 22nd, 2006 11:02

    Dagmar, I vote for the latter. We have cats to check out, jewellry to look at, Baglady to visit, and I’m dying to check out your curtains, too. :)

  13. Dagmar
    March 22nd, 2006 15:15

    Anne, sounds great with shopping and cats! And of course you (and Per) are welcome, but we still have more than 20 moving boxes (which covers a whole wall) to unpack so either be open minded or allow us some time to make our home at least a bit representative :-) And the curtains are really boring, we definately need more colour!

  14. angelika
    March 22nd, 2006 16:27

    Dagmar, though I am a bit late: happy birthday ! And thank you for sharing the wonderful story, both of the dolphins and the engagement. I must say that Fredrik is a very generous man and in a very senstive way wants to make you happy ! Congratulations to both of you ! Evidently moving to Stockholm has brought (even more) luck and happiness to you…All the best, angelika

  15. jordgubbsglass
    March 22nd, 2006 19:13

    Hej! I found your site through Oslo foodie some month ago. My handle name is Swedish but I am Japanese who live in close to Tokyo. Today, I could not stop to leave a comment. Your wonderful story is just amazing. I almost cried.. Congratulations!
    I love dolphin too. They are extremely smart and cute!

  16. Eve (The Chocolate Lady)
    March 22nd, 2006 20:46

    How utterly wonderful! Best wishes and many happy returns!

  17. Catesa
    March 23rd, 2006 16:05

    Woooooow congratulations! And what a truly original and beautiful birthday gift. Congratulations again! You must be so happy :)

  18. barbie2be
    March 24th, 2006 22:44

    best wishes on your engagement, and a belated happy birthday!

  19. Anna
    March 25th, 2006 20:44

    What an amazing day! Congratulations to you and Frederick and a belated happy birthday to you.

    P.S. You realise that Frederick is now held in deep admiration by women across the world, and will be held up as an example of a man who really knows how to show a girl a good time ; )

  20. Dagmar
    March 26th, 2006 21:12

    Thank you Angelika, he’s the best :-) So far the move has been very good in many ways. But I do miss my family.

    Thank you! And thanks for visiting and commenting. It’s great to hear that people far away read my blog and one day I hope to visit Japan. Maybe on my honeymoon ;-)

    Thank you Eve!!

    Thank you! Yes, I’m very happy!!

    Thank you!!

    Thank you! I think that Fredrik is a bit nervous of all the attention, and for future birthdays as well :-)

  21. Barbara
    March 28th, 2006 16:24

    Now -that- is a wonderful birthday story! Happy birthday dear–thank you for sharing the story with us all!

  22. Dagmar
    March 29th, 2006 12:57

    Thank you!

  23. Lennart
    March 29th, 2006 20:28


    Alla dina kollegor på MHC hälsar och grattar! Vilken superhelg!

  24. Dagmar
    March 29th, 2006 21:00

    Hej och tusen tack! Vilken överraskning, hälsa alla!

  25. Irem
    April 3rd, 2006 23:36

    I read your story in a flash!.. Really it’s an amazing and beautiful birthday full of surprises.. Congratulations..!

    And your cats are sweet, too.

  26. cailun
    April 19th, 2006 08:49

    Congratulations! This is my first time reading your blog and caught in surprise when reading towards the end to get to know the wonderful news. :-D
    I just feel very happy for you!

  27. Dagmar
    April 25th, 2006 09:43

    Irem and Cailun,
    Thank you so much!!

  28. clare eats
    April 26th, 2006 10:17


  29. miss piperita
    April 27th, 2006 14:50

    What a luck! I’m sure it’s wonderful to caress a dolphin!!!!!

  30. kinna
    May 23rd, 2006 08:14

    Grattis i efterskott! Det ser underbart härligt ut och det syns att du älskar djur.

  31. Dagmar
    May 24th, 2006 10:23

    Clare, miss piperita and Kinna:

    Thanks! :-)

  32. Roman z rodzina
    July 31st, 2006 14:30

    Dziekuje bardzo za list i piekne zdjecia.
    Pozdrowienia od nas wszystkich.
    31-7-2006 Sheridan, USA

  33. Ella
    July 26th, 2009 08:32

    I concur sir

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