An Ode to the One Night Love Affair
I always say I've never been in love, but that's not exactly true.
The truth is, I've fallen in love with boys in cities all around the world. And when I pack up and leave in the morning, I hope they know that I am taking a piece of them with me.
Anyone who has traveled knows what I mean. The all-encompassing yet fleeting one-night love affairs you experience while on the road.
So to all you boys who have stolen my heart across the globe - this one's for you. I have fallen in love with your accent and the way you can speak four different languages. I have fallen in love with the enchanting way you talk about your city - its architecture and history and culture. I have fallen in love with your curiosity and passion for knowledge. I have fallen in love with the way you make me feel fearless and young for a night.
I have fallen in love in bars at 2 AM. I have fallen in love on trains and buses. I have fallen in love in parks on beautiful days. I have fallen in love in museums and galleries.
I still talk to some of you regularly, and some of you I will never speak to again. But, either way, there was something in you that intruiged me and I am forever grateful for meeting you.
So, yes, I've never been in love in the traditional sense. But this sort of love deserves some credit too. It has shown me that love can cross cultures and languages and oceans. It can be found in the bleakest of places and at the most unexpected times. And it doesn't have to last forever to be meaningful.
Traveling is inherently romantic - going to far away cities with beautiful sites you have always dreamed about. Maybe this is why it is so easy for us to fall in love while traveling. Or maybe it is because we are care-free and have less inhibitions. We are acutely aware of what really matters to us and are more open to letting people in.
Maybe I will find someone someday who I want to settle down with, maybe not. But in the mean-time I want to continue traveling, exploring, and being open minded and hearted. I want to keep creating genuine and authentic connections with people. I want to fall in love with boys who don't care that I wore the same jeans three days in a row because I am living out of a backpack. I want to be charmed by Greek boys in front of the Eiffel Tower and discuss literature with British boys in a hostel in Hungary.
For now, I want to keep having one-night love affairs.