How did you two meet?
We met through a friend 7 years ago in Clapham Common, in Vodka Revolution yay!!
What attracted you to each other? Was it the nationality, the fact that the other is “exotic” or just the appearance?
Apparently I chatted Patrick up (don’t agree). We had a lot of interesting conversations on our first date. We had a good chemistry and had a lot of fun together that then later led to a relationship. We share a lot of the same values in life, however we are very different people.
Did your friend’s influence help you to pursue the relationship?
Not really. It took a long time before we ended up as a couple. Neither one of us wanted to be in a relationship at the time.
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?
Patrick: Swedes are very family orientated. I love the way Anna is with our son and care about other people. She wants to have fun and go out but doesn’t get smashed every weekend and drink massively. Love the fact that she can make proper food, meatballs yum!
Anna: We are very different and it took a long time to get to know each other properly, which was very exciting. However our culture is not that different in general.
What did you find the hardest to adjust to each other? Did it have anything to do with the cultural difference?
Patrick: I think swedes can be a little formal. I’m more relaxed and easy going when it comes to life in general.
Anna: I am a very tidy and organised person. Patrick is a bit more messy.. It stressed me out in the beginning but I learnt to relax a bit more.
What food from the home country does your spouse cooks best?
Anna: cream sauce cooked for hours with French bread.. although not very British or African I don’t think
Is there any funny story about cultural differences about you two that you would like to share?
What is the “advantage” of dating/marrying a foreigner?
What did your parents think about your relationship? Did they support you?
Patrick: yeah they love Anna, she brought my mum and I closer together.
Now that you are parents, have you had any disagreement on how to raise your child due to differences in culture?
No not so far