Twenty-three days, four countries, and one adorable couple.
“My final clue on that day was to hike to the top of a mountain in our neighborhood; it happened to be a snowstorm with white-out conditions — perfect.”
Arnold told her she would be embarking on a world scavenger hunt for her graduation gift and Tokyo was the first stop.
“I STILL did not believe him,” Linville said. “No way…I had work, Christmas parties, plans…what about my plans?! Later I would find out that he contacted my boss months ago to arrange it and had let everyone know that I would not be making any appearances at Christmas parties.”
“There are no words to explain what I was thinking or feeling,” Linville said. “It was too surreal.”
“I was in Japan for about seven days,” Linville said. “I traveled on the speed train, played with snow monkeys in Jigokudani, did a Santa pub crawl, sang karaoke with some German girls I met, ate lots of sushi, felt my first earthquake, and had an absolute blast.”
“Brett was a little upset about this one; he had overnighted the clue to the bar owner, and the bar owner said he would definitely be open,” Linville said.
Arnold ended up emailing her the clue, which led her to San Sebastian.
The clue arrived as promised, with instructions to hike up a peninsula across the bay from the hotel and find the overlook in this picture:
“I know, I know…I should have been jumping for joy to be traveling around the world, and I was, but this day I was little sad,” she said. “I knew Brett was back home celebrating with family; he had been texting me and FaceTiming me so I thought there was no way he would be joining me.”
“It was raining, cold, and starting to get dark. I was scouring park benches looking for my next clue and thought I should turn back and try again the next day, when I ran into a Spanish man who knew the spot where the photo was taken,” she recalled.
“I was completely shocked,” she said. “He had really thrown me off that day! I asked him if there was still a clue or if he was my clue … He said, âActually, I have it right here…'”
“He asked me if I was willing to go on another adventure with him…and I said, ‘Of course!’” Linville said.
Linville told BuzzFeed Life that Arnold had actually been planning to propose in this way for about four years, but started booking everything about eight months before her graduation. The couple will be married in Fort Lauderdale this October.