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A Honeymoon from Hell: Floods, Fires, Tsunamis and Earthquakes

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- Stefan and Erika Svanstrom are just back from a honeymoon from hell.

The newlyweds had planned a long trip that would start in Singapore in early December and end in China four months later.  With their baby daughter in tow, the Svanstroms packed up and prepared to leave on their once-in-a-lifetime journey.

But things didn't go exactly as planned.  They encountered floods, fires, tsunamis and earthquakes along the way.

For starters, on Dec. 6 a snowstorm socked in many major airports in Europe and the Svanstroms -- Stefan, 38, and Erika, 32 -- ended up spending the first night of their honeymoon stranded at an airport hotel.  They eventually left Germany for Singapore, then went on to Bali -- where they flew right into a monsoon.

Their next stop was Perth, Australia, where they narrowly missed both a cyclone and devastating bush fires.  Then it was on to Cairns, where they ran smack into Category 5 Cyclone Yasi.  The Svanstroms were evacuated from their hotel to a nearby shopping mall where they had to wait for the storm to pass.

As the Svanstroms were leaving Australia for New Zealand, another near miss.  This time, just before their flight took off, an earthquake struck Christchurch, their destination.  The couple had to detour to Auckland and drive the rest of the way.  Their view of Christchurch was confined to the airport.  The roads to the city center were impassable.

In all they've traveled to 16 countries together.  And perhaps it's their sense of adventure that kept them going forward with their itinerary, instead of catching the next flight back to Stockholm as their worried relatives requested.  But turning back was a thought they said they never considered.

By far the worst part of the trip was the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.  The couple was eating lunch with their baby in Tokyo when they felt the ground shake.

Eventually the Svanstroms and their baby made their way to China where they spent an uneventful few weeks before flying home. Since then they have had a chance to reflect on their journey.

But the bad luck isn't quite over yet.  On her way home from work this week, Erika Svanstrom's commuter train got stuck -- the result of a storm in Stockholm. 

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