It was similar to when I met Danmark for the first time. I had been saving up for over a year to go to Germany to meet someone else, but it turned out that he was a liar and had a woman. So that was the end of that.
I was feeling really stressed out over that and having worked over a year with no vacation days taken at all. In fact I was maxed out on vacation and couldn't accrue anymore until I used some. I begged on the Forum (at DI), "Please, someone invite me somewhere! I need to get away so bad!" And Danmark replied, in HUGE letters, "Yes!" So I asked if that meant that he was inviting me to come to the Netherlands, and he replied, again in HUGE letters, "Yes!".
I bought my ticket that very day and rented a car and bought tickets to Sensation White for both of us the next. And I went to visit him for the first time in late June, 2005. We were both very shy with each other, because we hadn't talked much together except in the Forum. It took a week to get used to each other and get over the shyness.
Then, at Urk, after a wonderful day together, we sat watching the sun go down on a bench looking out over the Islemeer. (Used to be the Zuider Zee before they reclaimed all that land for the Polders.) And we kissed for the first time. Magic. That was it. We've been in love and together (as much as two people can be together 5,000 miles apart) ever since. :lovers: