It’s no secret that Dubrovnik is a city of romance but this latest marriage proposal is more unusual than most. Sebastian Gorges, from Germany, went that little bit further to propose to his girlfriend Julia in Dubrovnik, in fact he had been planning the big event for six months.
“I was contacted by a young German Geocacher a couple of months ago asking that as I appeared to be the main person in the area, would I hide a fake geocache for him and let him have the location and would I also hide a letter in it for him,” explained Tony Turner to The Dubrovnik Times. Turner, from London, is a keen Geocacher and was only too pleased to help Gorges with his romantic plan. “I had been planning this proposal since February,” said Gorges.
If you have never heard of Geocaching it is a recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. According to Turner there are many of these containers hidden over the Dubrovnik and Cavat areas. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name, in order to prove that they found it. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it.
Julia and Sebastian
Gorges plan was to propose to his girlfriend with a fake geocache hidden in the Dubrovnik region and he roped in the help of Turner. “He intends for his girl friend to find it and inside is a letter he sent me which is a marriage proposal letter,” added Turner. And so the plan swung into motion, Turner hid the container in the park opposite the Minceta shopping centre in Gruz.
After hiding the geocache Turner said “I just hope she says yes.” Last week the big surprise for Julia was unveiled. She found the fake canister, opened it and read the letter, completely unaware of its contents. And she said – yes!
“I have been to Croatia eight times and I love the country, for many years I have been planning to come to Dubrovnik. So then I thought why don’t I make two dreams come true – proposing to my future wife in Dubrovnik,” commented Gorges to the Dubrovnik Times. Adding that the couple both love geocaching and that surprising his girlfriend with a marriage proposal in a country they had never been to before would be the perfect start to their future married life.
And if you were wondering where the canister was hidden...here is the answer