Andreas booked a surprise long weekend in Budapest for my 30th birthday. I knew we were going somewhere outside of Sweden and found out it was Budapest the day before we left. We'd been there before almost 4 years ago and had fallen in love with the city.
On the day of our engagement we went sightseeing in Buda, had a romantic dinner, and then attended a classical concert in the beautiful Mattias church situated beside the Fishermans Bastion. Afterwards we grabbed a drink at one of the local restaurants overlooking the Danube. We then went strolling along the river stopping to take a few pictures with the breathtaking Hungarian parliament building as our backdrop. We'd stood in that very spot taking pictures before. Andreas told me to look out across the water toward the building so he could take a picture of me. I said I didn't know where to look because it was dark and I wouldn't show up in the picture, so he said okay, just look at me. When I turned around he was down on one knee proposing!
I just sat there dumbfounded for several seconds until I realized what was going on. I don't even remember what he said, I was so stunned. He later joked that he could have said, darling I'm leaving you but here's this ring to keep as a reminder of me, and my reaction would have been the same, haha.
My ring is from Wexford Jewelers and is titled 'Loves Long Lost Rose', now how wonderfully fitting is that? I found it online a while ago and pinned it to my pinterest account hoping Andreas would get it for me when the time came. I couldn't feel luckier to have the ring of my dreams, custom made just for me! I will cherish it forever.
Andreas had the ring loose in his jacket pocket all day. Cool as a cucumber Andreas is, and oh so terribly romantic! He didn't even show the slightest sign of nervousness. It was May 13th around 10:00 pm, just two hours before my 30th birthday. He said he couldn't very well bring an American woman into her 30's, having dated for five and half years without at least putting a ring on it. :)
We couldn't be happier. Here are some photos from our trip, I got a little carried away with the ring pictures, but I want to remember this day and that feeling for the rest of my life! <3
We decided to sell our beloved first apartment. A tough decision to say the least.
We're hoping to become home owners in the not too distant future and this seemed like the right time to sell even though we're not actively looking for a house. There are several contributing factors for selling, some of those being that we found a rental apartment (which are very hard to come by), May is a good time to sell, and a law requiring homeowners to pay off a certain percentage of their loans is coming into the play at the beginning of June.
Although we would have loved living in 'The Dala Palace' for the foreseeable future, we decided to follow our heads instead of our hearts and make a return on our investment. Renting gives us more flexibility when moving (apartment rentals in Sweden have a 3 month notice, rather than year contracts).
We'll miss you Dalapalatset!
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.