This is the story of my best friend’s engagement. It must be told.
My amiga’s boyfriend texted me two weeks before I was supposed to go on holidays with my amiga. He wanted to catch up for a coffee which left me totally confused. As he knew me well enough, he called me and told me about his intention: ‘I had an idea: I’m going to surprise you guys in Portugal and pop the question.’ – I completely freaked out! 😀 😀 😀 Finally, after one year of ‘preparing’ him to propose (poor guy hehe).
Oh dear, it sounded like a mission which can be easily accomplished.. but we were absolutely mistaken…
Obstacle #1 – wrong dates
The soon-to-be-groom asked his flatmate for support. His flatmate looked for affordable flight tickets – problem: Being too excited to think properly, the groom gave him the wrong dates… However, asking the groom again before actually buying the tickets prevented the two from buying wrong tickets.. uff.
Obstacle # 2 – broke surf camp
Knowing that the flight tickets were sorted, I calmed down. Our flights would be on a Thursday, whereas he would fly over on Wednesday – all good. I got in touch with our Portuguese friends who were excited to organise some things for the engagement.
My phone rang 5 days before our departure… my Portuguese friend was calling to inform me about the latest news: The surf camp where we were supposed to stay, went bankrupt and they are going to close it. Awesome… I didn’t know what to do but luckily, my phone rang again – my Portuguese friend offered us to stay at his house – he and his girlfriend saved us!
Obstacle #3 – Mum’s the word!
We arrived safely in Portugal where everyone (except my amiga) knew what was going to happen during the next day.
The soon-to-be-fiancé asked my amiga’s dad for his blessing on the Sunday before we flew over – she knew about it. That’s why the number one topic was: When is he going to pop the question? We were talking non-stop about it.. She was quite sure that he’s going to propose on Christmas eve and I just thought ‘no, TOMORROW’.
Obstacle #4 – Missing the flight
What a wonderful sunny day! I woke up incredibly enthusiastic. Our host ordered sushi for dinner and was checking the forecast while we were sitting on the veranda. I texted the groom to ensure that he’d be alright. I got a fast response: ‘I’m going to miss my flight!’
Well, let me tell you this: He’s known for his rather unfunny jokes… At first, I believed he’d fool me… I kept texting him furiously and figured out that he wasn’t joking. The train to the airport broke down.
He got to the airport with a 3 hours delay… Desperate to fly to Portugal on this specific Wednesday he ran to the next desk.
Obstacle #5 – Queuing & fully booked flights
He knew that there was another flight to Lisbon – sounds promising so far, doesn’t it… There was just one problem: A huge queue. So, he did the only reasonable thing and started crying and telling everybody his story. That’s how he managed to jump the queue. Eventually, he made it to the front desk but there were no seats left on the flight to Lisbon…
However, the nice lady at the desk yield hope: She found a flight to Lisbon through Munich. He accepted the offer and breathed a sigh of relief.
Obstacle #6 Rearranging
Since we (our hosts and I) knew that he was going to arrive late, we urgently needed to reorganise the evening.. Being in touch with each other on Facebook, we agreed on meeting in the room upstairs to ‘hang up curtains’. We were whispering nervously. Suddenly, my amiga entered the room. Fortunately, we already had adapted our plan to the circumstances before she came in.
Obstacle #7 Sushi Misunderstanding
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the lovely town. At 7pm we started to get very hungry. Our host took us to a cosy restaurant and invited as for tasty sandwiches which should satisfy our needs until dinner.
Our Portuguese friend left to get the sushi afterwards. Meanwhile my amiga and I were returning back home where we waited for the sushi.
Soon after, someone knocked on the door – it was the sushi man delivering the sushi by mischance – ouch… My amiga was totally confused. At the same time our friend’s girlfriend rushed out of the kitchen and screamed at him: ‘Oh no, that’s a misunderstanding – my boyfriend drove to your place to get the sushi!’ – she knew…
In fact our lovely friend drove to the Airport to pick up the groom. Funnily enough, my amiga believed her – although, she was wondering where our Portuguese friend went. We agreed on waiting for his return before having dinner.
Obstacle #8 Sleepy head
My next task to perform was: Taking my amiga to the room and entertaining her. In the meantime our host’s girlfriend sneaked out of the house to prepare everything on the beach.
It was about 9.30pm already when my amiga was getting worried about her soon-to-be-fiancé since he wasn’t replying to any of her texts nor calls (I mean HOW – he was flying around whole Europe to get to Portugal). I told her that he probably went out – she didn’t believe me until he texted her the same thing (yes, I told him what to say). Relieved and relaxed again, she got very sleepy.
NOOOOO – how can I keep her awake?!! My solution: Singing… just keep singing!
I sang very loud various songs and she hated me for doing that. She’s such a nice person, though – she never would have yelled at me. Time passed by and she almost fell asleep a couple of times.
Obstacle #9 WHERE WERE YOU?!
Driving almost 150 km/h, the groom and our friend made it to the beach where he dropped the groom and returned to the house. He explained in a fantastic, inventive way why he was delayed.. for like 2 hours..
My amiga had no doubts – she believed his story.
(He apparently got caught by the police for driving too fast and getting arrested for not taking any driver licence with him. According to his anecdote, they set him free after promising to come back the other day with the required documents.)
Obstacle # 10 Suspicious
We convinced my amiga to get dressed again and drove to the beach.
‘I quickly need to check with the fishermen if it’s ok for them when we’re going to have dinner on the other side of the rocks!’, said our Portuguese friend and walked away. Still thinking of her boyfriend’s ‘weird’ behaviour my amiga decided to call him.
They were literally 10m apart from each other… 🤦
He picked up the phone and explained her that he can’t talk now – he’d needs to focus on crossing a busy street (at 11.30pm in a tiny, quiet village). She hung up the phone believing everything. (I guess, she was starving and too tired to realise the implausibility).
Engagement #1 FINALLY
Our friend returned and he showed us the way to the other side of the cliffs. We walked down the stairs when she suddenly saw a huge heart made out of torch lights. She thought: ‘Oh, someone is certainly going to be engaged!’ until she realized that she was the one who was getting engaged. Her Quote: ‘What the f***!’ – I know, very romantic.
She said YES – we all cried (because of the beautiful event and because we basically lost our nerves on this journey as well but hey, we made it!).
It was such a wonderful moment!
And they lived happy ever after.. Oh no, hold on..
Next mission: The Wedding.. we’re (also mentally) preparing ourselves.
To be continued…