Adele is English but grew up in France. She is now married to an American and living in London with him and their gorgeous daughter. Adele writes the successful blog My A life where she tells us all her discoveries as a new parent.
1. How did you two meet?
We met at a wedding in Budapest in September 2009, Justin had just been transferred to London from Chicago. A night of vodka and dancing and as they say the rest is history!
2. What attracted you to each other? Was it the nationality, the fact that the other is “exotic” or just the appearance?
My previous boyfriend was American too. I don’t know why but I seem to have a thing for them! Maybe the culture seemed familiar to me, he was super easy to talk to, smart and funny.
3. Did your friend’s influence help you to pursue the relationship?
They were used to me going out with an American so I don’t think anybody was surprised, nobody pushed me to pursue or not, once they realised I was happy they were happy for me too.
4. What are the things that you like the most about each other’s differences based on the fact that he/she is from a different culture?
I like the fact he thinks it’s normal to speak to anybody anywhere, likes to have a good time and is very family orientated, which is typical of Americans.
5. What did you find the hardest to adjust to each other? Did it have anything to do with the cultural difference?
As he wasn’t my first foreign boyfriend, I think it was easier for us. He found adjusting to London hard and I think I actually helped him as I introduced him to my friends. 6 years later and most of his friends are actually American, which is interesting. Still he loves crumpets, tea and the Queen!
6. What food from the home country does your spouse cooks best?
Chilli and enchiladas! Mexican but still very American!
7. What is the “advantage” of dating/marrying a foreigner?
You get to go to another country on holiday! Your parents in law are far away
8. What did your parents think about your relationship? Did they support you?
Definitely, again they were used to me being with a foreigner.
9. Now that you are parents, have you had any disagreement on how to raise your child due to differences in culture?
Our baby is still very small so nothing has come up yet but he thinks she will go to his University (typical American thing to do) but I think she should be able to choose.