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I would say that it has been a constant adventure being with Augustin, i think we’ve approached life like that, whether it was planning our wedding, and figuring out how to make it the biggest party possible with all our friends from different cultures and how to mix that. Then having kids, that’s been a real adventure, as well. We’re trying to make that fun and bring them up in a really global way.
I grew up in a pretty classic Taiwanese American household. Excellence in everything you do is expected and I had fulfilled my cultural destiny already by then by going to Harvard and going to the Juilliard School for Music, but I had never done anything that was not planned out or pre-ordained for me. When I quit the only industry I had ever worked in, I was pretty lost.
From there, there were definitely a lot of discussions to figure out, how are we going to be able to make this work long distance?
I likely would not have come across her story at all had I not met and married someone French.
They were super welcoming.
I’ve always appreciated cultural differences. My family’s from Taiwan, I grew up in the US and was born there, but was always part of two cultures, and so I remember just taking a lot of it in, trying to figure out the codes of conduct.
He said, ‘Bring your friends.’ So I did, but not 15 of them. I brought like four. I think from that dinner on that was – that was it, official dating time.
I always thought our story was a lot more fun than meeting at a bar during a study abroad in Paris, even though that’s a great story, too.
I do think on my end, my parents were very excited that I had met someone, maybe also a sense of relief, after many dramatic relationships I had in New York. And you know, they come from an immigrant family, where family is really important, they really liked Augustin, they were very welcoming when he arrived here.
It was really nice to close that chapter of the kind of sadness that would come when a long weekend ended when one of us was visiting whichever country, it felt like a real stroke of luck that he was able to move here through L’Oréal. It’s not something that everyone can get to do.
I love everything about backpacking. There’s an openness that comes with traveling with no plan, with only your essentials, spending as little money as possible, and in a lot of cases, traveling alone. The people you meet have a similar openness, i wasn’t looking for love, but I was looking for adventure.
I realize his question was just a way to start conversation, i guess in a way it did break the ice because I did my usual rambling with far too much detail and color for any answer, displaying a kind of classic American friendliness which some French people find fun.
One guy did catch my eye, but he was quieter than the rest.
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