|Yep, it's still there. Must be real.|
This past week, my adorable fiance, Aaron, traveled across the world to see me (and Thailand). I'm the luckiest girl in the world. After what was supposed to be a 24-hour trip, which really was something like 30, the moment I've been waiting for and obsessing over arrived. Not the proposal, yet. For the past 2-3 months I've been picturing what every place and event would be like if Aaron were there with me. That sounds super creepy... but keep in mind that I knew he was coming and had to plan out what he might want to see of Thailand in 7 days. So when he stepped off the plane, my instinct was to step into hyper-tour-guide/awesome-girlfriend mode. I await his blog to hear his first thoughts, now that he has had some time for them to sink in.
During the first few day or two, we toured the university, survived the hustle-and-bustle of Bangkok and public transportation, went by skytrain and boat to various markets--including the largest outdoor market in the WORLD, survived some incredible heat (Aaron says it wasn't that bad... it was. Bless his heart), and... finally.. got a Thai massage to celebrate his arrival. Here's a link to the album of pictures from his first and last days, which took place in Bangkok and outskirts I live in.
On the second day, we went and saw the must-sees of Bangkok/Thailand: The Grand Palace and
Wat Po. Luckily for Aaron, he is a "sooon jing jing farang" (really, really tall foreigner) and could see above the heads of all the Chinese tourists and sun umbrellas. We about died of heat stroke, but got some amazing pictures that I always wished I had from my first visit with a lesser-quality camera. After the temples, Aaron was pretty much initiated. All we had left to see were the fancy malls.....well, not quite, but it seemed that way. Oh, and the South of course.
For the heart of the week-- the middle 4 days-- we took a trip to Phang Nga province, near Surin and Similan Islands, in the southwest of Thailand (Andaman Sea side). I had been to the south once before, to Krabi, and had the time of my life and couldn't wait to share it with Aaron. I always imagine and talked about how cool of a place for a wedding it would be. Well... i got the next best thing! On the second day of speed boat riding, lounging in paradise, snorkeling for Nemos, and skipping in icy blue water and on white sand beaches, Aaron proposed. Here's the adorable, mushy story for anyone who has asked:
The day of the proposal, Aaron packed the waterproof bag for the day (carefully lodging the ring box in a sock so I wouldn't notice it). I offered him my tripod, which he accepted with enthusiasm...I learned why later. We had an hour boat ride to Surin Islands with my Thai family
|If you look closely, the tripod.|
|Right after, still in shock.|
The night of the proposal, our friends threw us a party with some wine and karaoke in the restaurant of the resort. Good times! We crashed pretty early after a big day of snorkeling and proposing/accepting. The next day, our tour guides decided to surprise us with an engagement photo shoot! Pat is an excellent photographer and I couldn't be happier that we have good photos to celebrate the event.
|Ok, maybe a mix of good and silly :) Totally us.|
If you're reading this at home, know that
-- No, we don't have a wedding date yet, nor will we for a long time!
-- No, we're not getting married in or moving to Thailand in the future-- no worries
-- Aaron is back home, sadly, but he left me with a gorgeous ring and hope for the future
I'll try to keep this short and sweet but check Aaron's blog for more about his trip to Thailand and the best week ever.
P.S. Thank you again, mom and dad, for your blessing! We are very excited. Love you both!!!