First, I took her to the Dom Tower of Utrecht. It was going to be a surprise. Earlier, I just told her we needed to be somewhere at 16:00. She had just flown in from South Africa that morning. At home, we rested and had lunch. I realized, a bit late, that if we were going to make the last tour, we needed to leave soon. This was after she had showered and washed her hair. Upon telling her we should leave in 10 minutes, she started freaking out and rushing around. I figured we could leave a bit later, which we did. But then the bus didn't show up. Another 15 minutes and we took the next bus. By the time the bus arrived at the city center (Rozenstraat), it was almost 15:55. I was walking fast and still had not told her where we were going. But when she saw the tower ahead, she figured it out.
On the tour, we climbed up and down 465 steps. At the top, Darshana suffered through the cold and wind, but we did catch the sunset when the clouds cleared.
Next, we went to the restaurant De Artisjok, where we had to twice request a different appetizer for Darshana. She couldn't eat the others (the first was meat and the second was quail egg). But the food was delicious.
After dessert, I told Darshana I wanted to give her something. It was the thing I had been telling her about for weeks but not telling her what it was. And I pulled out a bag of sweets from Jamin. Her reaction was classic (imagine the disappointment: "Thanks..."). Then, I told her I have something else. That was when I gave her a little box with a ribbon on it.
She looked at it and looked at me, not sure what to do with it. She eventually took the ribbon off and opened the box. "It's empty!"
I looked at her, flabbergasted. "No, it's not. Pull back the flaps." There were two black velvet flaps folded over from opposite sides.
She pulled back one and said again that it was empty.
I said, "Just open it!"
Finally, she opened it fully and saw what was inside. I took the ring from her, got down on one knee, told her how much I love her, and asked her to marry me.
In shock, she said "yes." In fact, she couldn't stop saying "yes."
We're now looking forward to the wedding.