#RealTravel: I Met My Fiance on Study Abroad in Spain
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The couple took this engagement photo in 2014.
Who: Jacque is a manager of teacher leadership development at Teach for America. Dan is legal counsel for the Success Academy Charter Schools.
Where we met: Seville, Spain
Relationship status: Engaged, getting married on October 11th, 2014.
(As told by Jacque)
Dan and I met studying abroad in Seville, Spain during our junior year of college. He went to UCLA and I went to the University of Nebraska. I remember grabbing my bag in the Madrid airport and going to find the meeting location of our study abroad group. Dan was sitting there with others and something about him immediately caught my eye. When we boarded the bus for the hotel, he and I conveniently sat next to each other and started chatting.
That afternoon, students started breaking off into groups to venture out into the city. Dan will tell you that he made a point to join whichever group I ended up going with. We spent that day visiting the gardens of the royal palacio and sipping on sangria while getting our first taste of some Spanish tapas.
Jacque and Dan drinking sangria on the first day they met in Madrid. (Photo: Jacque Schneider)
Upon returning to the hotel after dinner, Dan looked at me and asked if I wanted to stay out a bit longer. This was his way of orchestrating some one-on-one time together, and I of course agreed — despite being extremely jet-lagged. We hopped into a bar next door and talked until 3 a.m. (more sangria and tapas were involved, of course).
We took classes at the Universidad de Sevilla, but Dan and I spent all of our free time together. We were inseparable. We even planned trips to Italy and France for the two of us once we finished our studies. My parents actually got to meet Dan for the first time when they came to visit me in Pisa, Italy. That night, we all had dinner before he and I headed off to Florence and my parents headed back home to Nebraska.
Eventually, our travels and time together had to come to an end in Milan, Italy. Dan was heading back to the states and I was continuing to travel with a friend from college. We said our goodbyes and didn’t know when we would see each other again. It was really sad because the whole situation was uncertain. We lived in different places, and I knew it would take a while before we could be a couple in the way my gut told me we would someday be. We did our best to keep in touch, even visiting each other during our senior year of college.