Or maybe you are both navigating the perils of living in a new country at the same time.
You think you’re practically fluent because you can say “thanks” and “good morning”, but when you try to speak [insert language here] the response can be just the tiniest bit awkward: Let’s not pretend you starting dating him or her for any other reason besides the food.
Ok, just kidding, but learning about your partner’s culture through cuisine can be amazing!
Perhaps you met through a friend, in line at Trader Joes, or through an app on your phone (hey…what a great idea! He or she is intelligent, charming, and the perfect cuddling height, and, ok slight curveball, from a different country.
Perhaps he is on your turf for a long work stint abroad, or you are on his to study and explore.
From her own experiences, our contributor breaks it down for all of those starry-eyed youngsters hoping to fall in love while abroad.
It seems like a dream…you move to a mysterious new land, meet a handsome stranger and fall hopelessly, passionately in love.
I wouldn’t trade in my experience for the world, but I want to share some of the darker sides of falling in love abroad that no one talks about. I met a fantastic guy, I became fluent in Spanish from constantly conversing with my novio and his friends and family in their language.
I learned colloquial terms and sayings I never would have known and got an insiders look into lesser-known spots in the city.
How many travel and expat bloggers out there have wonderfully successful international relationships that they are more than happy to share with the world?
As much as I love reading those stories, from my own years spent in Spain I have learned that dating abroad is not all sunshine and fairytales, and it has been idealized online far too often.
Oh, and I got to fall deeply in love in one of the most romantic cities in the world…I guess that’s pretty cool too.