Maria & Alex
Brazil & Netherlands
How did you two meet?
We met each other by accident in a bar in Alex’s hometown in the Netherlands. Maria came to the Netherlands to visit her sister, who studied in the same town as where Alex lived, and we randomly met each other in a bar. Maria didn’t speak English. Alex is half Spanish and he has been raised bilingual in Spanish and Dutch. Spanish and Portuguese are similar, so it was a big coincidence that we were able to communicate. We did have to use a lot of Google Translate during our first dates :p
Who made the first move?
It was pretty both sides. We had some eye contact and started to talk to each other and to each other's group of friends.
Tell us about your first date.
Our first date was a lunch where Alex actually came 20 minutes early in order to be sure that he’s on time, while Maria was 45 minutes late :p. Poor Alex was waiting for an hour for Maria to arrive on our first date.
How long have you been together?
For around 1 year and 3 months now
What has been one major challenge in your relationship?
Trying to fight the pains of missing each other in our daily lives.
How do you settle disagreements?
We tend to talk about it until we solve the disagreement together and we both feel satisfied.
If you are from two different cultures, how do you deal with the cultural differences?
It’s fun to learn about the cultural differences between us. Since Alex is half Spanish and thus half of his family is from Spain, he is familiar with Maria her culture. Brazil and Spain have pretty similar cultures.
Any memorable trips together?
The most time we spent together was 10 weeks. This time we did so many different activities and went to both Spain and the Netherlands. We loved our time together and it really felt as if we had finally closed the distance...
When and how do you plan to close the distance?
Probably in February 2021
Any words of advice for other LDR Couples?
Distance can never be strong enough to break real love. Please don’t give up and talk with each other in order to try and settle differences!
You can follow Maria & Alex's journey via Instagram @our_long_distance