This summer was one to remember. My cousin was getting married to the girl of his dreams, a lovely Dutch girl whom he met while travelling in Cambodia. After a year of travelling followed by a horrible year of medical troubles (from which he is now recovered) he finally proposed. They announced that the wedding would take place in her home town of Amsterdam in July 2017. Being so close to my cousins there was no way I was going to miss out on this occasion, so Jon and I crunched some numbers and, on short notice, managed to secure flights to Amsterdam. We also managed to book our stay on a Canal boat which turned out to be my second favorite part of our trip. On the second day of our trip the family took a day trip out to Bruges, Belgium. We were all so excited as not one of us had ever been there before. As the day went on Jon started acting quite odd and I could not understand why (I get it now). Not knowing what he had planned I began to nag him for acting so strangely on a family trip and we squabbled most of the morning. At lunch we all sat down at a café on the main market square, right next to the big bell tower and enjoyed a fun meal together. Jon then asked me to come check out the square and bell tower with him while everyone else finished eating. As we were walking through the square he stopped and pulled out a little box and my eyes went wide. He opened it and there was a beautiful ring twinkling back at me and he said those four words ‘Will you marry me?’ Of course I said yes and was so excited to have been proposed to in such a wonderful setting! As the family finished up and walked towards us I could tell that my Mum already knew and the look on her face was priceless. It was definitely a great way to start our trip! And we ended it on another high, when my cousin’s wedding went off without a hitch as well. Definitely a summer we will never forget. We don’t have a date yet but it will be sometime in 2018 here in our home country, under the big Canadian skies!

Courtney B – INLIV

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