How did you two meet?
Nina – In a bar in Putney, on a Sunday afternoon. It was happy hour and full of Australians, with a really good atmosphere. Adi later told me he was very hungover that day but interestingly still remembers exactly what I was wearing!
What attracted you to each other? Was it the nationality, the fact that the other is “exotic” or just the appearance?
Nina – No, I didn’t know anything at all about Romania then, and had never met another Romanian before. I liked that he was tall, dark and handsome, just my type.
Adi – No, I don’t think it was the nationality either, although I do like the British accent.
Did your friend’s influence help you to pursue the relationship?
Nina – Not really. I told them about Adi and I think they realized quite soon that it was something special, so they welcomed him with open arms. They are quite a mixed bag of nationalities too, so that was never an issue.
Adi – Yes, I suppose for them, Nina is very exotic and after they met her in person, they were very impressed.
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?
Nina – The Romanian humour! It took me a while to get my head around but now I would recognize it anywhere. It’s quite simple and childish, and they can find something funny in any situation. I think one of Adi’s best qualities is that he can make me laugh even if things are going completely wrong, which has helped in many stressful times.
Adi – She is much more calm and this balances very well with my character. I suppose this has a bit to do with the culture.
What did you find the hardest to adjust to each other? Did it have anything to do with the cultural difference?
Nina – He is so messy! Aargh! But I think it’s something that most men have in common!!
What food from the home country does your spouse cooks best?
Nina – Lovely soup. It takes hours to cook and afterwards the kitchen looks like World War three (see previous answer!), but it’s delicious and very comforting especially in cold weather. I’m still convinced that Adi should open a shop to sell it one day.
Adi – I don’t think Nina really cooks any British food, but I like the Raclette from Switzerland.
Is there any funny story about cultural differences about you two that you would like to share?
Nina – I think there were some misunderstandings when we first met but nothing serious. I will never send Adi to the supermarket anymore though, he always ends up buying the weirdest things!
Adi – Like green pasta instead of green peppers. It was very hard to find and I was actually very pleased with myself that I found it!
What is the “advantage” of dating/marrying a foreigner?
Nina – For me, it is the chance to see things from a different perspective. It’s the differences that keep things interesting and allow us to bring different things to the relationship. Personally, I think I’d get very bored if I was in a relationship with someone who was from exactly the same background as me, with all of the same opinions and experiences! Also – cute accents!
Adi – It helps you to integrate into the new culture, and it always feels good to score an away goal!