I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from the New York Times question series: 36 Questions – How to fall in love.
If you want to start at the very beginning, you can find question 1 here.
And if you just missed the last answer to question 16, you can find it here.
Question #17 reads as follows:
What is your most treasured memory?
My most treasured memory is when I visited my now ex-girlfriend for the first time in Russia, Saint-Petersburg.
There are so many images that pop up in my mind when thinking back. I can remember how unreal it felt getting on a plane to visit her, not knowing what will expect me there. We haven’t really been together at that time. Then, I can remember my first cab-ride to her place from the airport. There were no belts and the ride was adventurous.
I can remember that she had to work during the night and came home early and how happy I was to see her and be with her. It felt very right to be lying next to her. I remember how we cooked together and how we just walked for hours through the city. I like Saint-Petersburg a lot, but I know that one of the reasons is that she is living there.
I can remember this one night when we went to a club to dance and then there were two guys fighting right next to us. She hid behind me. Maybe it is an unnecessary fact, but not for me. Then, the music stopped, and the bouncer went to them and took them apart. Then, he shouted something in the audience, everyone cheered, the music continued, and everyone started dancing again. Including those two guys. As if nothing happened. I asked her what he shouted, and she just said that he asked why they are here: to fight or to have fun. A truly Russian moment for me =)
I remember how we kissed on one of the bridges and how we spent the rest of the evening and night in a restaurant playing games and just chatting. I also remember how sad and, at the same time, happy I was when I had to fly back.
There are so many more memories of that trip. Even after it is over now, I am very grateful for her and I will not forget how she made me feel back then. It will always be one of the most treasured memories I have.
Have a nice day and take care!