So the theme for Day 21 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project* is Love Affair.
I wish I had known this was coming since I already wrote about my travel “love affair” on Day 12, when the prompt was Meaningful Connections.
So instead of rehashing that failed romance, I am going to share what I find an inspiring story of true love found when traveling.
It’s the story of Jenny and Nic.
I met Jenny from Toronto on a Contiki tour to Spain in the summer of 2003. She was traveling solo, as was I and another American girl. The three of us were fairly inseparable for most of the tour as we visited Barcelona and Madrid. At some point, Jenny told us about a guy, Nic, she had met in France just before joining the tour in Spain. They had hit it off and she planned to return to Nice to see him again before heading home to Canada.
Jenny and Nic kept in touch and several months later, she met him when he traveled to Florida for a conference. The next spring, she flew to France to see him again. It wasn’t long before Jenny left Toronto and moved to Nice to be with Nic.
Four years after they first met, Jenny and Nic were married.
They now live in Dubai and celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last August.
I have never met Nic, but I have kept in touch with Jenny over the years, exchanging emails in the pre-Facebook days and meeting up when she came to Chicago for work every now and then. I have probably recounted her and Nic’s story dozens of times as I find it wonderfully romantic and inspiring.
When I think of Jenny and Nic, it reminds me that you can find love at any time and in any place.
It’s just a matter of meeting the right person at the right time for both of you.
*Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging effort – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project – designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.