We met in the summer of 2017. I (Maya) had just graduated from a 4 year university degree in Canada, and had accepted a job on a tall ship in the Mediterranean.
Aladino was also sailing around the Mediterranean on a 31ft Jeanneau Rush which he won for an insanely good price at an auction. That boat has since been sold.
When I met Aladino, I could tell he was very special. Our boats were sailing to different places, but we kept in touch, and when the summer season ended I decided to go visit him in Switzerland.
Basically, after my work contract ended I had 1 month in Europe to travel on my own. A friend from Canada was coming to meet me in France after that, but I didn’t really have any solid plans for my solo month. So, I thought, why not go stay with this interesting sailor guy! If I ended up not liking him, I could easily just keep travelling.
Obviously, I ended up liking him.
On my first day in Switzerland, I texted my best friend back home in Canada: “I think I just met my future husband.”
I was correct!