We’ll Keep Each Other Warm

by Venomous Kate

This year VH and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary, and I’m still not sure what we’re going to do to celebrate it. Ordinarily, we don’t make much of a fuss when our day comes around: we go out to dinner and sometimes see a movie. Oh, and we show each other anniversary cards at Wal-Mart without buying. It’s weird, I know, but its a tradition for us and it cracks us up.

But since 10 is one of those milestone anniversaries, I want to do something special but I’m not very good at coming up with ideas. (I’m kind of the reason we read cards at Wal-Mart.) Yes, I could ask VH for his ideas about celebrating our anniversary but I’d rather surprise him. After all, I’ve had to live with ten long years of getting teased about forgetting to buy an anniversary card for him on our very first anniversary.

My sister-in-law has a knack for coming up with amazing ideas to celebrate big days. On her husband’s 40th birthday, for instance, she rented a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud that was made in 1958, the year of his birth, and the two of them rode around in style that night. For my father-in-law’s 70th birthday she gave him a flying lesson. To this day he still talks about how he got to fly a plane all by himself.

The trick, she says, is to find gift experiences that appeal to a secret side of a person. Her husband, for instance, is a penny-pincher so she treated him to something he’d always denied himself: luxury. My father-in-law, due to health issues, has had to play things safe for several years. A flying lesson gave him the adventure he hadn’t known in quite some time. For both of them the gift was memorable because it’s something they’d never do for themselves.

Something VH and I would never do for ourselves: go somewhere crazy. We don’t do wild, spontaneous things anymore. It’s hard to when you’re busy homeschooling a 7-year-old and don’t have family living nearby. So I’ve been looking at all sorts of extraordinary gift ideas and trying to find a trip we could take alone together to somewhere so exciting, so remarkable that we’ll be talking about it for years to come.

I think I might actually have found it, too: an Arctic adventure in Sweden that includes dinner under the glowing lights of the Aurora Borealis, an experience day on a dog sled with an overnight at a Musher’s lodge, a snow mobile tour and — this is my favorite part — a night’s lodging at the famous Ice Hotel.

That’s right: a hotel built every December out of ice from the Torne River which which melts away in April. You probably saw something like it in the Bond movie “Die Another Day”, but that ice palace — although based on the Ice Hotel in Sweden – was actually made of plastic.

It’s not just the hotel’s walls that are made out of ice. Everything is: the beds you sleep on, to artwork hanging on the walls, the cocktail glasses at the Absolut Icebar at the hotel and even the chapel where people can get married… or renew their wedding vows.

I can certainly see plenty of opportunities to get romantic on the trip, what with all that cuddling under blankets while dog sledding, sharing a sleeping bag for two at the Ice Hotel and staring at the Northern Lights together. I’m also pretty certain he’d never think to travel to the Arctic circle on his own and probably doesn’t know there really is an Ice Hotel.

We’ve both got passports and I’ve got plenty of time to save up for and buy the tickets. I just want to make sure it’s the right idea before I spring for what’s undoubtedly going to be a bit pricier than anything I’d find at Wal-Mart.

So what do you think, folks? Would that be amazing enough to make it a memorable 10th anniversary?

16 Comments to “We’ll Keep Each Other Warm”

  1. Well…you could go to an ice hotel on this continent (Quebec). icehotel-canada(dot)com. While not as wild as the Arctic Circle, it’s probably loads cheaper.

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  2. I had no idea there was one in Quebec, Steve. That certainly would keep the travel costs down! Plus I wouldn’t have to worry about not knowing the language. I can speak fluent “Eh” and “Molson”.

  3. I believe there is also one up in Alaska – but I don’t remember where… I saw it on one of those shows on the travel channel… the Quebec one would probably be easier to get to.

    As for me – if it involves “cold” I can’t do it – I spend all my time being cold as it is. LOL

  4. Sounds like a fantastic adventure. Please keep in mind one very important word, though:


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  5. It certainly sounds amazing, but like Jeff… I’d be worried about those ice beds 🙂

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  6. I meant to ask – how do I get on your sister’s Big Day list?

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  7. In Quebec City – which is beautiful by the way – they parle Francais…

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  8. Or, continuing on with the “near the Arctic Circle” motif… A trip to Reykjavik Iceland. I imagine it has changed somewhat since I was there some 30 years ago, but the people are industrious, good looking, speak (a large number of them) English as a second language (Icelanders native tongue is what the Danes spoke about 1000 years ago). They have world famous geysers/hot springs … they have glaciers … (and yes you can go *bathing* in the hot springs–at least you used to be able to)they have the best lamb I have ever tasted … the northern lights are amazing up there … the viking museum is interesting … the feather beds after a night out (and in the winter it is *always* night out) are heaven on earth (and will warm you up so that shrinkage is not a problem). A bit on the expensive side (though I bet a good travel agent could come up with something reasonable. Oh, and the Icelandic Wool is some of the finest in the world …

    Just a thought if you are still in the something or someplace not as frequented as the usual tourist traps.

  9. Hello Venom,

    Love your blog and think your writing is quite good. I give it multiple “S’s”.

    I’ll be back.

    Laurie Kendrick

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  10. Donna, I have a cute, young nephew who’s of marriageable age…

    Kimsch, J’adore français!

    Guy, that’s a great suggestion! I’m definitely a fan of traveling anywhere but the usual places. Always wanted to see Iceland, too.

    Craig, huh?

    Laurie, thank you very much!

  11. That sounds fantastic, all of it! Iceland, too. I say go for it.

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  12. Sorry about that. It’s from “Family Guy.”

    Explanation here.

  13. VK,

    I vote for Sweden – If you want the experience to be memorble, then the place should be as well. Alaska, Quebec are on the same continent as y’all (just a quick camping trip away :)). Iceland? Heck, going there get you halfway across the pond, so might as will make the full leap and enjoy the full experience.

    As to shrinkage, there is NO WAY that could happen when he gets snuggly with YOU……my bet is the ice melts FIRST.

    I saw the Iceland Ice Hotel trip a while back and have it on our list of things to do when boy is out of college…..

    Good luck with the gift.
    The Other Steve

  14. Aw, Steve, you say the nicest things.