How did you two meet?
Uta – We were in an Irish pub in Munich, when Christopher spotted me from across the room
Chris – Uta brushed past me in a Munich pub. I said to the guys I was with “wow she’s beautiful”. A little later after a few beers and some encouragement I went over to say hello.
What attracted you to each other? Was it the nationality, the fact that the other is “exotic” or just the appearance?
Uta: Ha Chris was super sweet & made me laugh so much I felt a good connection to him, his sexy Geordie accent helped as well.
Chris: I’m quite shy but Uta looked so happy, smiley and beautiful as well!
Did your friend’s influence helped you to pursue the relationship?
Uta: It helped that a really close friend of mine thought Chris was “a good guy” as well and it encouraged me to follow my heart.
Chris: Not really, I loved everything about Uta so no influence needed.
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?
Uta: I don’t think we are that different culturally even though we got raised in two different hemispheres. Chris is easy going & open minded so differences are few, but he did introduce me to Sunday Roast & I love it. Think we will make that part of our family tradition. I am also working on having Christmas on the 24th instead of 25th (work in progress).
Chris: We had quite similar upbringings but I think Namibia was quite tough in the years after apartheid. I am shy and quite soft. I like that Uta can be tough when it is needed. She does whatever she can to look after friends and family.
What did you find the hardest to adjust to each other? Did it have anything to do with the cultural difference?
Uta: where do I start… I would not say it is a cultural difference but I found it hard to pursued Chris to come to Christmas mass with me the first time we spend the holiday together. I am quit spiritual where he is not.
Chris: When I first flew to Namibia I was sitting on the plane worrying about how I would fit in over there. Not speaking Afrikaans and my first trip to Africa were difficult in my mind. Obviously once I arrived there everything was fine.
What food from the home country does your spouse cooks best?
Uta: Chris does not cook… He does know how to order the best take out (laughs out load).
Chris: Uta can cook anything perfectly. I think she gets it from her mum. Who is one of the best cooks I know.
Is there any funny story about cultural differences about you two that you would like to share?
Uta: Nothing comes to mind really… In the past Chris would have been expected to pay a lobola for my hand in marriage. Maybe 20 cows to my parents depending on my uncles negotiating skills.
What is the “advantage” of dating/marrying a foreigner?
Uta: Definitely having a home in two hemispheres! And Bi-racial babies awwww.
Chris: It just makes life more exciting. I’d hate to be one of these couples that sit watching East Enders and Corrie each night. We travel and have fun. Hopefully with guaranteed cute babies and two summers. What’s not to like about that!
Was it easier to deal with the “in-laws” or harder?
Chris: Harder. Uta’s dad is German so communication is difficult. Unless we beat them at the footy. Then I have no problem communicating.
Uta: I was really nervous, but Chris family are all lovely and put me at ease immediately.
Uta: Chris is my best friend and I am so happy to have him in my life. It is just amazing to have someone who you love so much and always makes you feel like you the best “You”. I love that and I cannot wait to marry him.
Chris: We’re having a baby! So exited! First of many I’m sure.