One of the most commonly asked questions on my blog and via email is “Tell me your German-American love story with the Prince!” To understand my love story with the Prince, you have to go all the way back to May 2014! Remember that ball I attended with my best guy friend (see the post here)?! Well, our story together starts that night!
When I met the Prince, I wasn’t looking for a relationship at all. I knew (or I thought) I would be moving back to the USA after my graduate program in Germany ended in April 2015. Boy, was I wrong! I think Germany might be stuck with me now ;)
The Prince came to the ball because his fraternity and my best guy friend’s fraternity have a partnership together (along with 4 other fraternities). They support each other and organize events together. Ironically, the night I met the Prince, my best guy friend met his now girlfriend. There must have been something in the water there!
I saw the Prince across the room, got so many butterflies in my stomach, and immediately asked my best guy friend who he was. He replied, “You need to meet him…you two would get along so well!” I should note that the Prince had actually noticed me at a lunch the day prior. He told me a few months after we started dating that we sat two seats apart and he even remembered the exact dress I was wearing! He mentioned that he really wanted to talk to me and thought I was cute but assumed I was dating my best guy friend (oops!)
After randomly going up to him at the ball, neither of us really remembers the conversation we had that night. It was a more “hi” in passing conversation! After crashing at the venue for the ball, I woke up the next morning (ummm, maybe more like midday), and ran into the Prince with a few other friends drinking beer in the lobby! They invited me to join them and I distinctly remember them getting really excited when I shared similar political beliefs as them.
I actually spent most of that time talking to the Prince’s best friend and we friended each other on Facebook. I later found out from the Prince after we started dating that he was jealous I never friended him so he took it upon himself to friend me! The next day, my best guy friend convinced me that I needed to Facebook message him (I mean, talk about 21st century romance). I’d never ever ever done that before but kind of was like, “Well, I’ll never see him again so what do I have to lose!”
We wrote back and forth a few times but then it just kind of fizzled out. It was enjoyable talking but I think we both assumed, “Ok, you’re a nice person but we will never meet again.” I kind of forgot about him until one day, in March 2015 (10 months after our last correspondence), I received a Facebook message out-of-the-blue from him. I had put a status up about me leaving Germany for Croatia and he saw it. Oh ya, he was also day-drinking with a friend who convinced him to write me ;) I remember getting butterflies in my stomach and being so excited over the message.
For the next few months, we casually messaged back-and-forth on Facebook. However, in August, I thought to myself, “This is ridiculous, we just need to email each other.” So I gave him my email address and he (surprisingly!) took it as a hint to email me. A few weeks later, I told him I wanted to send him a video from my iPhone and sneakily asked for his phone number ;)
Looking back at all our messages and emails (I’ve saved every single correspondence), I remember thinking, “He writes so so so formally!” I found out after we started dating that he hadn’t really spoken or written English since high school (6-7 years ago) and was nervous/worried about writing something that wasn’t correct. He told me he’d spend hours composing these messages and emails to me with a dictionary opened in the next browser tab. And yes, these messages and emails ended up being more like mini novels!!!
By the time I moved to Edinburgh in September 2015, I was hardcore crushing on the Prince. However, I couldn’t tell whether he had romantic feelings for me or only platonic feelings because his emails were so formal!!! Trust me, I must have talked to my sister a hundred million times about this. However, I reached a point where a) I needed to know his intentions and b) these messages were getting stupid without actually seeing each other.
The end of September/beginning of October 2015, I started slowly dropping hints about American Thanksgiving the end of November and that he should come for it. He kept side-stepping the question or not fully answering it. I would send him a reminder every single day to buy his plane tickets. At the beginning of November, I sent him a text that ticket prices were going up (confession: they weren’t really…only by like 2 or 3 pounds but I needed to convince him) and I received a screenshot back of his booked tickets. This is where I had an “Oh shit, he’s actually coming to visit” moment!
When I picked him up at the airport, I remember him being so so so formal (are you sensing a pattern here?!) and I still couldn’t tell if he liked me! I mean, this trip was either going to be amazing or a complete disaster. The entire bus ride back to my apartment, I did 95% of the talking and honestly thought he couldn’t speak. I later found out he was so nervous to speak English!
Thanksgiving was the perfect event because a bunch of other Germans attended it. We actually found out we had a mutual friend! A girl I met in Edinburgh and invited to Thanksgiving knew the Prince from some political organizations in Kiel, Germany, his hometown.
Needless to say, while we hit it off that weekend he visited, we both were like, “Ya, we like each other but a relationship doesn’t make sense right now because of the distance!” haha, how we changed our minds a few weeks later when I visited him in Hamburg and we decided to start dating. To be honest, the Easyjet non-stop flight from Hamburg to Edinburgh is cheaper than most trains from Edinburgh to London or Hamburg to Munich!
So here we are, exactly a year later (December 12th he asked me to be his girlfriend)..totally in love and in the sappiest way possible, I couldn’t imagine not having him in my life! We spent the first few months forming a relationship while traveling all around Europe. However, it is nice to finally be settled down, living together, and beginning our lives together in Hamburg.
To me, it is so so so crazy to see how one small, seemingly insignificant moment in your life can influence so many greater things.
If I hadn’t taken German in 9th grade (much to my mother’s dismay who rooted for Spanish). If I hadn’t taken German at university when I couldn’t get into a math class. If I hadn’t had such a great professor who convinced me to continue studying German. If I hadn’t taken a random class outside my majors and seen the advertisement for the graduate program in Heidelberg. If I hadn’t decided to risk it, move halfway around the world, and study in Heidelberg. If I hadn’t gone to the ball with my best guy friend. If I hadn’t gotten up the courage to speak to the Prince that night. If I hadn’t gotten the courage to then message him afterwards! If he hadn’t decided to message me again in March 2015. If I hadn’t decided to go to graduate school in Edinburgh. If I hadn’t decided to invite him to Thanksgiving.
Right before the Prince arrived in Edinburgh for the first time, I remember calling my Mom and being so nervous. I distinctly remember her saying, “Jordan, the circumstances that led to you two coming together is much more than a coincidence. Fate played a major role in you two meeting. I just have a feeling he’s the one for you.” (but seriously, no pressure to the Prince ;) haha)
I’ve found my “one” and I want to see him every day for the rest of my life. I still get those same butterflies every time I see him, just like that first night in Heidelberg 2.5 years ago. So PROST, to our wonderful love story and one year together. Here’s to a lifetime of memories to come! And you blog readers should feel honored that you’ve been here from the very beginning!
*** These are our Christmas card photos this year! :)