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December 07, 2017

(Christmas) Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 5

If we were having coffee this week, I'd be in a better mood than the last time we had coffee, thats for sure. Life is good these days and its the Christmas season!!! For the past month Ive been busy with work (when am I not) as I'm trying to prep all I can before I leave for my trip next week. Speaking of trip, I'm all ready! I have all my winter gear prepped, and this weekend I bought two new jeans (fun fact - I don't wear jeans). I'd say I'm as prepped as I'll ever be for the cold and for a wintery Christmas #jazzhands #soready.

In wedding news, planning is going great (though I'm still not a fan of the planning process). Just this last weekend my bridesmaids dresses were chosen, my invitations were ordered and I also made a few other big decisions that I was dragging my feet on. Finally getting shit done over here.

Take a sip of your coffee because I have a story. Two of the most serendipitous things happened this week. If I was a believer in signs, I'd be all over this. For some time now, I have been wishing that Danny had someone in Trinidad to make him feel 'at home'. He always says I am home (awwww!!) but by home I mean, I wish he had some Romanians around. He has expat friends but no other Romanian friends here. He's very happy here (the guy loves the beach and the heat), but my sister who lives in Australia can tell you its not always easy being away from family and people who understand you and where you come from. And in Danny's case, bless his heart, he spends 24/7 speaking a different language than he thinks in.

Up until last week, I had only met two Romanians here. One of them is Danny, and the other was the CEO of a Client company. She did not live in Trinidad and has already returned to Canada where the Company's headquarters is based. None of my friends or family had ever met any Romanians and Danny himself knew of only one other Romanian in Trinidad, a mature lady who has been here for over 20 years and is married to a Trinidadian. I'm making a point: It is extremely rare to find a Romanian national here. Extremely.

So last week while talking to a neighbour of ours, she asked Danny where he was from. He answered and she looked shocked and mentioned that there's a Romanian doctor living TWO HOUSES down from us, in the neighbourhood we moved into just over three months ago. Danny and I could not believe it. We were so happy. We already loved the neighbourhood but now he had someone to speak Romanian language to, in the neighbourhood - walking distance from us.

Great right? Well Tuesday (two days ago) Danny and I had some errands to run. While out, we were chatting, minding our own business, when a girl standing behind us touched me on my shoulder. I looked over and she said "I promise Im not eavesdropping and I'm so sorry if this is odd but is your husband Romanian?". I said "He's not my husband yet but yes, why?". Her response? "My fiancĂ© is Romanian!!" ... she then proceeded to run over to her fiancĂ© and bring him to us - #saywhat .... Cue Danny and new bestie chatting for a hot minute (and a half) in Romanian language. He happened to be heading back to Romania that very day for a few weeks which was a bummer since they hit it off instantly, but we may meet up with him in Romania in a few weeks. 

Yep, in one week, we met two Romanians purely by chance. 

And now I'm smiling a little brighter inside because Danny has people here who get it (and who can actually speak to him in a his own language because Lord knows I can't #imlearning haha).

I'll chalk all this it up to the Christmas spirit and the magic of the season. I sound like a cheesy Christmas movie but honestly this has been the first Christmas season in a while that I 'feel' Christmas and not Grinch-y. I'm so thankful.

** very random sidenote - and this is super super important. If you're watching holiday movies over the Christmas, please do not waste precious brain space watching "The Family Stone" ... if you haven't already. I'm all for a cheesy Christmas movie but we looked at it over the weekend for the first time and I truly have never seen a dumber movie (the relationships were just messed up and stressed me the eff out). I'm on a mission to ensure no one ever looks at that mess. Seriously.

Linking up with Kristen

Have a great Thursday guys!!

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  1. That's so awesome! I'm so happy for Danny! Talk about the universe sending you what you need. The Family Stone is one of those movies that I can never remember if I've seen or not but never re-watch (or watch?) it to find out. As far as Christmas movies go I've never been big into the Christmas love story movies...unless we're talking Hallmark. Even then I don't go out of my way to watch them, I just get sucked in for hours if they're on.

  2. That's such an awesome story! I know what you mean about it being a bit lonely to not have anyone around who speaks your language or is from your culture. There's Americans everywhere, it seems, so we always run into people from our country, but Angel does really miss his Hispanic community and misses being around people who speak his native language. He was just last week watching youtube videos of Mexican street food in California because he was homesick, haha! Mexicans don't really exist in Malaysia, in fact, most people who meet him assume he's from the Middle East and get really confused by the name "Angel." A couple months ago he saw a Japanese guy studying a Spanish textbook at McDonald's and he had to go and talk to him because it's that rare to find Spanish speakers in this corner of the world!

  3. Family Stone is a terrible movie. I was going to comment something else but then I got distracted by that. Excellent warning, everyone should know.

  4. Serendipitous indeed- that's so cool that he met other Romanians, especially in your 'hood!
    I watched The Family Stone a few years ago. I wish I had been warned- it was TERRIBLE. Excellent PSA for those who haven't seen it! Have a safe and fun trip!

  5. So very glad this coffee date is better than the last one. Three cheers for wedding things coming around and meeting more Romanians, yay!

    I hear you on the Family Stone. The only good thing about it, in my opinion, is watching SJP play her character. So different than what I'm used to and she did a really good job. The movie though, HORRIBLE.

  6. So great that they met! I hope they become fast friends.

  7. awwww that is such a freaking cute story about the Romanian living two houses down. that is so awesome. and seriously, if i ever met an australian living in kentucky, i would make them be my friend. i've met a few random ones throughout the years at random places i've worked, but they were all older men and... not the kind of friend i'm looking for lol.
    awful christmas movies are my favourite. the family stone is pretty awful. i have a soft spot for luke wilson. no shame.

  8. I kind of love The Family Stone. But sometimes I like weird movies. What can I say.

    That is so awesome that Danny has found two Romanians there and can feel a little more at home now!!! Especially since one is two doors down from you! What kind of jeans did you get? I went a long time without wearing jeans, but starting wearing them a few years ago again.

  9. Ohhh okay, will definitely stay away from The Family Stone. Hope you get great wear out of your new jeans!

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  10. That is so lovely! I'm so happy for Danny, that's huge. There are more British people than you could shake several sticks at here, so I don't have the same problem. There are even British sections in some supermarkets! But I can only imagine how hard it would be to have nobody of the same nationality to speak to, let alone language.

    Thanks for the warning about The Family Stone. I feel like it's something I would turn to in desperation so thanks for saving me from that!

  11. So awesome that you guys found two other people from Romania! It really is a small world, but so amazing how things work out. It sounds like you are making such great progress on wedding planning, bridesmaids dresses can be so tricky to pick out. And LOL to your disclaimer about The Family Stone, I don't hate it, but I totally know what you mean!

  12. Wow that is so cool how you found people for Romania. It is really a small world. I totally agree about the family stone. I had high hopes for it and it was a big disappointment.

  13. Yay for being much happier! And how amazing that Danny has someone to connect to right down the street now. Isn't it lovely how things always work themselves out? <3
    Green Fashionista

  14. Congrats on the engagement! That is some awesome synchronicity! My favorite Holiday movies are "it's a wonderful life" and "the bishop's wife." I haven't seen the family stone in forever. I don't think it was a favorite of mine though.

  15. You are getting so much done with wedding planning - way to go girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  16. Thanks for sharing Danny's Christmas miracle story. Serendipity at its finest. Enjoy your trip and I look forward to hearing all about it when you return


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