That faithful day there was indeed the promised food, drinks and entertainment, but also a little something extra.
That little something had black hair, dark eyes and a wicked smile. And she beat me at Cards Against Humanity!
There was a magical first date, quickly followed by a second, third and many more. We took a trip together to Portugal and despite having rain almost every single day, we had an amazing time!
Getting to know each other’s friends, meeting my parents (over Christmas), meeting her parents (on a trip to Scotland).
Playing games, watching movies, building with Lego, spending lazy Sundays in bed. More trips together, to Thailand (for her friends’ wedding), hiking through England and France. Me telling horrible jokes and her laughing about them. Going to the arcade to shoot the crap out of some terminators. Holding her hand when Game of Thrones gets just a little bit too gruesome.
Difficult discussions, arguments even (we’ll always remember “the chocolate incident”). But through it all a willingness to keep talking and to listen with an open mind and heart.
Spending time together, spending time apart (she now is rooted in the UK while I still feel The Netherlands is my home).
She made me more caring, I got her to worry less. Both are still a work in progress, but it’s both work and progress that I’m looking forward to.
And through all of this (and much more!) a growing sense of belonging together
The closing of one circle, the opening of what I hope will be many more!
Gloria, my love, I’m so looking forward to our future together!
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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