I love my girlfriend, and you know what’s great? Not only do we love each other, but we both love Lomography!! Even better than even THAT we met all thanks to this wonderful website! Read about our story after the jump!
The story is a bit of a funny one. Throughout 2012, I was travelling, doing various bits and bobs all over the place, and travelling is how I rekindled my love of analogue. One of my stops took me to Gent/Ghent in Belgium, where my girlfriend lives. Although we met in Ghent, we didn’t meet at that time. It wasn’t for another couple of months that we actually met.
I don’t remember exactly when we first started to talk; but it just all started with liking each others photos, then we started to send a few messages, and it kind of snowballed from there. We were chatting for ages before we even plucked up the courage to Skype, and that was a nerve-wracking moment as we figured out who would be the one to press the ‘Call’ button. Needless to say, we had a really great conversation — me sitting in my friend’s apartment in Lisbon, and her from her lovely house in Gent. We even did a film swap before we met!
Then came the official first meeting, in REAL LIFE! I had a few days between Lisbon and my next destination, and I decided that I would go to Ghent, and spend just a couple of days there to meet her and see how things would go. Neither of us expected anything, and I think we were both quite prepared for it to be a disaster. But it turned out that we shouldn’t have worried. The moment we met it just felt so wonderfully amazing. As my bus pulled into the bus station I saw her waiting, with 2 other people, and (hands still shaking) I jumped out of the bus, grabbed my rucksack from under the bus and then went straight up to her. It was an amazing feeling. Especially after all that time chatting online and Skyping.
By the end of the few days I was in Gent I really didn’t want to leave, and getting back on the bus to go back home (even though my next stop was to be Johannesburg in South Africa) was a really hard moment.
But, despite the distances between us at times, things are still working. I was just in South Africa for about 10 days, then I came back, but it was almost a month before I could see her again. Now it’s as though we’ve swapped rolls, she’s in Ethiopia right now, and won’t be back until the middle of September. Although it’s sad and hard at times, I know that everything will be okay, and she’ll be back soon. That will be an amazing day!