The topic on how my fiancé and I met comes up quite often due to the fact that he’s not here in the U.S. with me permanently just yet. So I end up going into this long story about how Love found me while I was traveling. Hence, why I decided to write this post about it. From the travel groups I’m in on Facebook, Love Abroad is a hot topic. It’s a funny story how it all happened for me because the last thing I was looking for was love.
I was on the beautiful island of Haiti shooting a short documentary called Ansanm Nou Fo (Together We Are Strong). Ultimately the project was for a class, and I took advantage of the opportunity to shoot something overseas. Visiting Haiti had always been in my heart, and it’s so crazy how it all went down. I originally planned to shoot in the U.S., then my story fell through last minute, and with how perfect the universe works, I met the subject of my film at my dad’s church on a random Sunday I was home visiting.
I know what you might be thinking, the main character of my documentary ended up being my fiancé, nooooo. LOL. However, through shooting my main character, I met a man named Dimy Marcelin. Dimy was one of my translators that accompanied me throughout my stay in Haiti. On top of guiding me around the compound and village of Vignier, Haiti where my main character lived, he also took me to many other near by towns/ villages in Ouest (west) Haiti.
Over the course of almost a month of me filming in Haiti we grew closer. Over time after I left we talked every single day, and to this day 2.5 years later we’ve never gone a full day without talking or texting each other. Our love story is almost too perfect on the surface. Don’t get me wrong we’ve had our arguments and such, but despite that and the distance our love has prevailed. As a filmmaker, sometimes I feel like our story would make a cute little short film. Who knows.
Dimy is not only a great partner, but he’s a protector, a great friend and the BEST travel buddy I could ever ask for. He also speaks Creole, French, Spanish and English. So I’ve been in very good hands throughout all our explorations of South America. I could keep typing or I could just show you the video below. The video is probably better. It’s a good look at many (but not all) of our travels together over the past couple years.
So how did love find me abroad? It found me in the form of a wonderful man I could’ve only wished for. It found me during a time where I told everyone I was destine to be “forever alone.” I even branded Forever Alone Incorporated amongst me and some other female friends for fun. Like it was real y’all. Throughout the beginnings of our relationship I kept asking myself “is this real?” Yes, it was/is real and I’m happy I can write and share it with you all. Remember Dimy’s face, you’ll see a lot more of him as mine and our travel journeys continue!
Have you found love while traveling? Let me know about your Love (or even crush) Abroad story below!