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Ashley B.

Adam and I met on a study abroad program called "Semester at Sea" when we were both juniors in college. We traveled around that world on a ship, stopping in 10 different countries. Adam likes to say we met in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We quickly became best friends and explored almost every country with each other, taking overnight train rides in India, exploring the pagodas of Myanmar, wine tasting in South Africa, and much more. Now we are both in graduate school in Newark, NJ and planning our life together.

Adam proposed on a Sunday evening. When I called him to tell him I was coming home from work he asked me to check the mailbox because he'd forgotten to get the mail the day before. In the mailbox were a rose and a note that said, "Life with you is a wonderful journey." On the door of our apartment was a menu. On the top he'd written, "It took traveling around the world to find out the definition of home." It then listed each of the countries we'd visited with a local dish we'd eaten while we were there.

Inside the apartment he'd lit candles, there were flowers everywhere, and Marc Cohn's "True Companion" was playing. He kissed me, got down on one knee, and proposed with the ring his grandfather had given his grandmother almost exactly 60 years ago. After I tearfully said "yes" and then jumped up and down, we had the dinner he'd made of each dish on the posted menu while we remembered the amazing adventures we'd had in each country. I am thankful he was the one who had to propose because I could never have come up with something so romantic and thoughtful. It is a story I happily share with everyone, and just thinking about it gives me butterflies. I can't wait to marry my best friend.

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