So there's this fireworks competition going on in Slussen, about a kilometer from here. We're all up on the roof watching this. It's like DisneyWorld on crack. At the end of the show, the night sky is lit up like it was day, and the noise thunders like the world is ending. As it comes to an end, in the silence, I say, "Right now, France is probably surrending." I think everyone is still laughing. There's your universal truth: forget the UN, forget international diplomacy. No matter where you go in the world, everyone makes fun of the French. --ryan.