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Photos & Stories of Love

by Mayra Ferra from Crossing Lines, Finding Love
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Mayra is a photographer who traveled the world to meet, photograph and document stories of couples worldwide as part of her project entitled, Crossing Lines, Finding Love.  She shares some of the love stories she gathered from her journey.  To learn more about Mayra, see Freedompreneur: Mayra of Crossing Lines, Finding Love.

 HUNGARY

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 Éva & Andor

Hungarians, married for 37 years

 Our Story

“In 1957 I met my husband and his family. He had a very big family. A lot of cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. That was new for me, of course, because I had lost all 49 members of my family in the Holocaust. His family lived in Budapest, which was the only place Hungarian Jews could possibly survive, in the Budapest Ghetto.” She then continued with how it feels to fall in love at an older age. “When you fall in love as an older person, it is something unbelievable. You feel very young. You repeat the feelings of being young in your old age. Everything is made with all your soul. You know that every moment is very precious. We know that we are the luckiest persons on earth because of that feeling. It is something extraordinary and wonderful.”

Advice

“Young couples need to learn to have patience with each other. They can’t give up so easily.”

 BELGIUM

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Liesbeth & Wim

Flemish, dated 2 years, married 14 years

Our Story

“We met at work in Brussels. I remember the first time I saw her thinking, ‘Wow! What a nice girl. What a pity I already have a girlfriend.’ We started talking and went out to eat with a group of colleagues. She told me she had seen the Star Wars movie. I was so impressed.” At which point Liesbeth said, “and I hated the movie.” *laughs out loud* Wim continues, “Nevertheless, I thought she was very cool.” Liesbeth remembers the first meeting a little different. “I had been working at the company for 1 month and knew I had met everyone except one person. One day, I was on my way to the copier when I see this man. I immediately had to make a u-turn and sit for a minute because I was like ‘oh my god!’ I was blown away. We soon found out that both our parents were from Leuven, and we had gone to the same University at the same time and never met.”

Advice

“Live a little before getting married. Respect and be nice to each other.” “It helps to have some experiences and independence before you marry. This way, you get to know yourself as well. Make sure you feel treated as an equal with your partner.”

ANDORRA

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Eilin & Miguel

Dominica + Spaniard, dated 1 year, married 1 year

Our Story

“We both lived in Madrid and worked only a few blocks away from one another but never met. He then moved to Andorra and I continued living in Spain. It wasn’t until my roommate invited me to go to her hometown of Cádiz that we met. My roommate was friends with Miguel since childhood. On one of my holidays, I didn’t know what to do and she invited me to go with her to Cádiz. I ended up going with her. She had told Miguel about me and their whole group of friends! I still feel like we met organically because although she planned it and they all knew, I didn’t. *Smiles* Our dating time was long distance but we had no problem with that because we knew we had great chemistry, and completely trusted each other.”

Advice

“I believe it’s become easier to separate and give up on marriage. It’s important to remember to have patience and to be tolerant.” “Definitely tolerance. Remember that no relationship is perfect.”

USA 

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Rima & David

Americans, married 26 years

Our Story

“My grandfather was married four times and I had a cousin from his second marriage whom I’d never met until I was like 32. When we met, he was engaged and it turns out her fiancée was best friends with Rima. She introduced us.” Rima added, “after our third date we decided that we were going to get married. 46 days after our first meet up we were engaged.” What are some qualities you admire about her? “That she puts up with me. Her honesty, straight forwardness, she’s kind hearted, her intuition, her creativeness.”

Advice

“When you’re first married, I don’t think you realize the work part of the relationship. You realize the love, the surprises, the sexiness of it all. That’s all fun and great except that if you’re really in something for the long haul, that changes a lot. Maybe it still stays good and that’s ok but it’s not what can sustain relationship. What sustains a relationship is you have to come back to the drawing board all the time, talk about it, and work at it.”

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Grand Canyon’s Ribbon Falls

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“The Grand Canyon is truly a natural wonder. Whether from gazing across its open vastness along its colorfully exposed strata rock and stone or by braving the sheer drop of nearly a mile down to follow the Colorado River’s meandering flow, the view from the rim can easily overwhelm one’s sense of scale, leaving a sense of awe and wonder in substitution. But that is just a mere hint of The Canyon’s potential to amaze. Getting up close and personal down below the rim is key to experiencing its diverse personality.

Ribbon Falls, located just below Cottonwood Campground about halfway down the North Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground, provides a well-timed and well-appreciated respite from the desert sun in the most fascinating way. The falls is hidden from the main trail along a short side canyon easily reached by a quick side trail. This side trail circles around into a tight grotto where a towering moss-carpeted mound of limestone makes its dramatic, scenic debut. And the source of that limestone deposit can be easily spotted spilling over an edge high above the enclosure, sourced from nearby Ribbon Falls Creek. The pool at the base of the mound is well worth a cool dip while a quick climb up alongside and over top the mound to the actual falls presents an enchanting view out into Grand Canyon backcountry. “

-Photo & Article by Aaron C.
As one of our fundraising treks for the non-profit, Trails Without Borders, Brown Gal Trekker and Peak Explorations will be organizing the classic rim to rim trek in the Grand Canyon in 2017.  To join, subscribe to our newsletter to find out how.