Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting

In a Norwegian train I meet German couple Julia and Max. They are on their way back from their honeymoon – they’ve been hiking. Without knowing it, they both draw the same moment: sitting in front of their tent together in the sun, with a little fire, after days of rain. There’s a wondrous story behind this moment.

Two years ago Julia received some strange letters from a Norwegian man who used to live in her parents’ neighbourhood. During the war he had fallen in love with a German girl but they couldn’t be together. Back in Norway he married another woman, but kept writing to the German girl. His letters were like a journal.

His wife’s brothers were angry when they found out about the letters and forbade him to write again, threatening to tell his wife. The man didn’t stop writing, but he did stop posting the letters. The man died and his will detailed that he wanted the letters to be sent to Julia. So she received the letters, one by one. One of the letters talked about a box the Norwegian man had hidden – he was sure his treasure would find a good home with the young woman.

The couple didn’t really believe the story, but they had the letters checked by a historian, who confirmed they were very old. So a year ago Max and Julia went to Norway to find the box. After a long hike, their treasure hunt was over, they found the box, and in it was an engagement ring from Max.

Together with help of friends across Europe, Max had set up an elaborate hoax to ask Julia to marry him. He had made the letters look old using chemicals at the university he worked for. His brothers had buried the box so even he didn’t know where it was hidden. That spot in Norway now had a special meaning for them, so for their honeymoon they returned to Norway to go hiking once again.Max & Julia treasure hunting in Norway

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