Submitted By: Kate
What is the most powerful symbol of romance?
The infinity symbol.
What would be your dream romantic gesture?
Something simple yet truly thoughtful: an evening out with champagne, a delicious meal, an ice-cream on the beach. Babysitter booked, everything thought of and organised. Or a surprise trip to a tropical beach! :-)
Share a love story.
My partner and I met on a remote tropical beach an hour's boat ride from Cartagena in Colombia. He was there with his family and friends celebrating a birthday (he's Colombian), I was there on my own, taking a much-needed weekend break from the social project I was helping out on. We just all happened to be staying at the same beach cabanas. They invited me to join them, they had the bongo drums out, the aguardiente (local liqueur), they invited me to join them for a fresh fish dinner and salsa dancing on the beach with them all... Alejandro was just so warm and friendly and kind, and we became best friends instantly. Three weeks later I moved back to NZ. Four months after I left, Alejandro gave up his entire life in Colombia and moved to New Zealand to be with me - he didn't speak a word of English at the time and had very little money and knew noone here. He's now fluent in English, loves NZ, has embarked on his dream career, got some great mates. We have an amazing 2-year-old son, got married 2 months ago (can't afford a wedding/engagement ring yet!), and he's just seen his parents for the first time since he left Colombia. That's our love story!