Posted by : Ruby Escalona Saturday, May 16, 2015

I have a few dozen deadlines and we have been lying low since we have gotten back from Europe.... but here's the big news I promised to tell, now that both our families are aware.

PETER AND I GOT ENGAGED!!!

Engagement in Devin Castle
Look at my face haha
Deadlines can wait, I can catch up with it, my personal life comes first right now. 

How it Started:

Peter and I work for the same bank here in the US, and we met at work when we were still in the same team. For some reason we clicked, started dating, and here we are. I wasn't particularly keen on an office romance but whatever. 

How the Engagement Happened:

I had always dreamed of becoming engaged in a castle or a palace... I don't know, it's the princess in me that wanted that. And so when we were watching one episode of How I Met Your Mother, when Ted was planning a castle wedding with his wife, I blurted out loud: wow, I wouldn't mind getting engaged or getting married in a castle. 

Ladies take note: if you say something like this, even if it is just in the moment; your guy is listening and would remember what you said.

And so we went to Europe. I had always loved Europe: always, always, always. Ever since I lived in the UK, it had always been a place I could call home, a place that always fascinated me. 

We had been to multiple castles on our road trip: from Neuschwanstein & Hoheschwangau in Germany, to Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, to Strecno Castle near Zilina, Slovakia, to Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, and finally, to Devin Castle in Bratislava, where he asked me to marry him.


Devin Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
Devin Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
 Let's rewind here for a second folks and go to a bit of history: Devin Castle is near the border of Austria and Slovakia. It is also where the Danube and Morava Rivers meet. His dad explained that Devin historically was the start of Bratislava/Slovakia, so poignant.

We were on a terrace and I was out taking photos of the rivers, and of the castle, as you can see on the photo below (this was taken in a different terrace, minutes before I got cold and needed to put my Disney jacket on - Yay Disney)

Ruby in Devin Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
Ruby in Devin Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
When Peter suddenly went on his knees behind my back (after he took that photo) and prepared a short speech (which I will not share), asked me to marry him.

I said yes

My ring, with a shot of the Danube and Morava Rivers in the background
My ring, with a shot of the Danube and Morava Rivers in the background



Ugh, my hand looks wrinkly in the photo above so  forgive me, I didn't pack hand cream on this trip and it was cold. 

And there you have it, the story of our engagement. 

We took this photo of us together after it happened so we'll always remember. Unfortunately, it was a bit too overexposed:


Ruby and Peter in Devin Castle, Slovakia
Ruby and Peter in Devin Castle
So there you go.. the next few weeks/months are going to be funny/crazy - We don't know the date of the wedding yet, all we know is we're doing one in Florida, another one in the Philippines, and a mini celebration in Slovakia. And oh, we're all going to be doing it our frugal way as usual (should be a challenge too).

We came from two different countries and ended up meeting in the US. I hope you still join us on our crazy adventures as we embark on this big event.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Congratulations on your engagement, Ruby!!!

  2. Thanks @Viajera Filipina :)
    Great meeting another travel hacker!

  3. Hi Ruby, that's a fantastic engagement story! Europe, castles, a beautiful river...just perfect! Congrats!

  4. @Jaclyn Sills-Dellegrazie - Thank you :) I was very surprised when he did it, actually. Many thanks for visiting my blog!

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