What a beaut, huh?
I learn something new every day living in China. It’s something that I really appreciate being here. Not only am I surrounded by hyper-intelligent and well-traveled people, but immersing myself in a new culture and new language has taught me many things, big and small. Some days, I learn life lessons, like how I shouldn’t assume people don’t speak English. Other days, I learn things like how to say ‘Canton Tower’ in Chinese, even though I’ve lived in this city for 2 years and probably should have learned how to say it two years ago.
Anyway as you know we’re winding down our time in Guangzhou. So with the pretense of having a bucket list, the DiploMan and I set a date to go atop one of Guangzhou’s biggest tourist attractions.
Two Fridays ago, we went up 110 stories, plus some, up the highest tower in China. Highest tower in the world, up until a few months ago when the Tokyo Sky Tree was completed (mind your semantics– highest tower, not building. Yeah, I thought that was a cheap trick too).
Luckily, we caught a clear night in Guangzhou. We arrived just as the sun set, and caught a beautiful nightscape of Guangzhou all lit up.
Then you know what happened??
the DiploMan proposed. On the highest part of the highest tower, in the city we’ve made our home for the last two years. He got down on one knee and promised me a ring. And asked me to marry him. There’s been a lot of ups and downs here in China, and this was definitely a big up.
I’m not quite sure when I said yes, but I definitely asked, “are you sure” a few times.
He was sure. I was sure. We’re engaged!