Dating an international student in college
It will be six years this April that we went on our first date and it is still an adventure When David proposed, my father’s reaction to both of us was: ‘Are you sure?’ I have to admit, I could see his point – a Belfast man and a complicated part-French, part-Norwegian girl.One year at university in the UK changed everything.
David and I met in a pub with the wonderful name of Filthy Mc Nasty’s during my last year at university in Belfast.
By that stage I had picked up a West Belfast accent, but I put on a French accent to impress him.
We were both obsessed with literature and theatre and we just clicked.
When I had to go back to the States after a year, there was no option but to make a long-distance relationship work – and we managed it for a year, until 2011, when I came back to Oxford to do my MSt in English Literature. I wanted to focus on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama – and where better to do that than the home of those things in the UK?
Even so, when the first meal David made me was chicken wrapped in bacon with canned peas and canned potatoes, it was quickly agreed that I would manage the cooking – couscous or no couscous. I simply didn't know what to do when my BA came to an end.