#RealTravel: I Went to Bangkok on Sabbatical and Fell in Love
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Kurt and his girlfriend, Krua, falling in love in Bangkok (Photo: Kurt Achin)
Who: Kurt Achin
Where they fell in love: Bangkok, Thailand
Relationship status: Dating
(As told by Kurt)
I met my girlfriend, Krua, in Bangkok during a monthlong sabbatical and vacation. I was still healing from a very painful chapter involving someone else and transitioning in my career, so I can honestly say the very last thing on my mind was meeting a woman.
A longtime friend and I walked into a great little wine bar where Krua was an assistant manager. My eyes were immediately drawn to her beautiful smile and bright eyes, and her knowledge of the extensive wine inventory was also extremely impressive. She was such a joy to talk to that my friend and I basically turned over our drink decision making to her.
I think it’s somewhat unlikely we would have drunk quite that many glasses of wine if we had not been in the presence of such a beautiful recommender, whom we wanted to visit our table as often as possible.
As we stood up to go, I spontaneously asked Krua on a date. I was surprised that those words came out of my mouth, and even more surprised when she said “Yes.”
The couple sightseeing in Bangkok (Photo: Kurt Achin)
I took her to one of Bangkok’s nicest little secrets — a restaurant called Zanotti, offering fantastic authentic Italian food and wine at Southeast Asian prices. Our rapport was strong from the very beginning. I remember taking her hand to cross the street as if we had known each other for a long time. We spent the lunch talking about our families, our work — all of the different things going on in our lives. Her English is functional, but communicating both then and now requires that little extra effort on both of our parts to be understood.
Far from being a drawback, I think a language gap can be a very romantic thing. Our communication gap was never a severe obstacle, but it was challenging enough to create opportunities for creative expression.
Lunch was full of laughter, and I invited her to visit me a few days later at the condo where I was staying. We lit a candle and sat out on the balcony of that condo sipping red wine and talking for hours. One of the prettiest pictures I have in my collection of Krua is of her looking at me through that candlelight.