Irina is 34 years old, she is from Belarus and she lives in Denmark for half a year already.
She was very kind to share her love story with me.
Irina worked at high school as English teacher in Brest, until one day Norwegian man wrote her an email where he asked to show him city. He planned to stay several days in Brest, and then go to Minsk and afterwards to Moscow. Irina knew she would be busy with school final exams but agreed to meet him. With Irina time flies very quickly. When I interviewed her I didn’t notice how 1,5 hours passed. Irina is a very charming and interesting woman. So I can totally understand Niels who changed his travelling plans and stayed in Brest for 2 weeks. Also he convinced Irina to travel with him to Moscow.
In the end he proposed, and they got married in October 2012. They counted that they knew each other a bit more than half a year and were together in real life for 7 weeks, all other time they skyped. One of the loveliest moments she told me was how they watched last year Eurovision song contest by skype during 4 hours, trying to guess who would win, as Niels told Irina afterwards at that moment he understood she was the one :). It became a special event for them, so this year they went to Malmo for pre -contest parties, and next year they plan to go to concert that would be in Denmark.
When Irina came in winter to Denmark she didn’t know anyone, but being a very active person she become to look for interesting events in Aarhus (I catched Irina just after Vikings’ festival at Moesgaard museum in Aarhus and before her one month vacation). She visited a lot of seminars, communities and international meetings. And she opened her blog, mainly for her friends and family, you can see her blog here (it is in Russian).
She studies Danish now, travels a lot, but in priority it is to find job in Aarhus. Without Danish language it is a very difficult task to find a work, but with Irina’s charisma and great personality I am sure she would manage!
I hope you are the one who believes in real love despite of different languages, cultures and distance and Irina’s example will inspire you to believe in miracles in our daily lives.