Mendoza, ArgentinaMarch 12 in Argentina
We are engaged!!! Mendoza is famous for its beautiful vineyards and wine tasting! Andreas and I rented bicycles and planned on a day of riding from vineyard to vineyard. We went with a group of people from our hostel.
To the good stuff, how he popped the question! At the second winery (MEVI Bodega Boutique) after a delicious tasting, Andreas suggested we go on a walk through the grapevines. Another girl in our group said “let’s all go,” but Andreas said no, let’s go just us. I thought that was a little strange, but agreed. As we were walking down the steps Andreas was acting a bit odd and I thought this is it! Because I am a crazy person, I immediately did a sneaky check of both of his front pockets for a ring box bulge. I didn’t see one so I thought okay, it’s not happening, enjoy the walk. As we were walking through the vines and I was busy commenting on grapes, Andreas said “Whitney...” I turned around and there he was... on one knee in the dirt holding out a ring. My jaw immediately dropped. He said “... I forgot what I was going to say... I love you! Will you marry me?” Obviously I said “YES!!!” Andreas knows I am super observant, so he hid the ring in his back pocket! We went back inside the winery and everyone was cheering for us! The owner gave us two glasses of very special wine to celebrate! We ended up buying two bottles, one to drink now and one to mail home (great sales tactic). We were on cloud nine for the rest of the day!
I asked Andreas how he pulled this off without me knowing because we are literally together 24/7. He said “remember that time in Luxembourg when I went for a run?” Monica actually left work and picked him up and took him ring shopping. They didn’t find one, but he got an idea of what he wanted. Then, he had to go to the bank with his uncle and I couldn’t go because I wasn’t family... nope, ring shopping, but no luck there either. Then, we were at the airport in Zurich, and I couldn’t walk very far because of my knee, and he went to go “exchange money”... this is when he found the ring! Andreas said this ring is my ‘travel ring,’ and a bigger one is to come. However, I love this one! Our entire time in South America, the ring box has been hiding in a sock, in his bag. Sneaky boy!
If traveling has taught us one thing, it is that Andreas and I can get through anything together and we have a ton of fun doing it! I didn’t think it was possible, but our bond and love for each other is so much stronger now than when we left (aside from the occasional argument when we are hungry, hot, and tired). He proves time and time again what a loving, strong, intelligent, funny, and beautiful person he is. I am so overjoyed that we get to spend our lives together. I am honored to be his FIANCÉ!Read more