“What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?” asks the tall Dutch man I met earlier in the trip.
“Buy a house. Get Married.” I respond with confidence even though I don’t even have a boyfriend.
“Why will you marry?” he asks.
“For love.” I respond without even thinking.
He smiles. “How American.”
“What do you mean? Why did you marry?” I ask.
“For tax reasons. I am Dutch and my wife gets a lot out of it. I love her and our son, but it is not a reason for marriage.”
I take a sip of my beer and turn to the Englishman in the group.
“Don’t ask me, I am divorced.” he says with a laugh.
It was June 2001. I was in Portugal traveling alone for a few days before meeting friends for a wedding in England. I kept running into these two and we ended up getting a drink for my birthday and there was some dancing.
Less than seven years later I did marry for love.
The manicure and nail art are by MiniLuxe.
Items in the photos include:
Cork Sandals (so comfy!)