How we met

January 25, 2013

It is a really long story that stretches out over a year. The story of how Johan and I met. No, not only how we met, but how we got from first meeting and not really liking eachother to becoming best friends and eventually more than friends. This is the short version:

The first day at design school we met, it was August and Johan was the first person I had an opinion about. We had been told to sit together with two other persons in one corner of the classroom. I saw that Johan was going to sit on the opposite side of me and I thought Oh no, not him!. Don’t know what it was that made me feel that way, but certainly he made me feel something immediately although it wasn’t anything positive. We started building towers of stuff so we wouldn’t have to see eachother. He thought I was annoying, I thought he was a young bitch. Maybe I should add to the story that I wasn’t available and not on the look for a new partner. And when it came to Johan, not even a new friend.

Eventually we learned that we both love food. One day he sent me a text message Can you recommend me a restaurant here in Gothenburg? I’m going to have some visitors. I did, he loved the place.

Time passed. I wanted to invite some of my classmates over to watch a movie (a strange thing, I have never liked to watch movies together with a bunch of people) but the only one who came was Johan. For the first time we really started talking with eachother, well not much of a choice when there was just the two of us at my place. OK, first we both fell asleep to the movie to avoid a conversation. All of a sudden I wasn’t that annoying to him anymore. All of a sudden he wasn’t that much of a young bitch. We slowly started to become friends.

And friends we were. I know exactly when I fell in love with him, it was horrible. He was so amazing. It was the worst feeling ever because I knew there was someone who was going to get hurt, I have never been so confused. I started reading everything backwards, I started thinking backwards and thought how not even the worst movie could be this bad. He bought me my first beer ever on that night when I later on understood that I fell for him; a Guinness. On a certain date I always drink a Guinness to celebrate the day I fell in love with him. He didn’t know, he had no idea at all. We ate crêpes outdoors, it was cold and dark and so much of a harsh Swedish winter as you can imagine. We did everything together. Barbequed on a beachvolleyballfield, made sandwich cake, talked the whole nights in front of the fireplace, organized parties, went shopping for a crazy good looking dress, listened to music that made us feel too many things, argued on the phone while I was in Berlin and he in London, slowly getting closer and closer. I kept my feelings a secret for a couple of months, not wanting to admit it to myself, waiting for it to pass. I could feel his scent in a room of forty people and I was for some reason sure he was never going to fall in love with me. I really thought it would pass.

It didn’t pass. I moved out of the apartment I shared, to live alone. I had searched for a place for weeks and the only place I got my hands on was strangely enough an apartment very close to where Johan lived. Scariest ever to move in, because I had no idea where Johan and I would go – if we would even stay friends. He doesn’t know when he fell in love with me, it was too hard for him to admit those feelings due to someone else being involved. We spent the whole summer together cooking, talking, biking, cutting eachother’s hair, swimming, walking, eating, meeting friends. And kissing when no one saw. A Sandra thinking backwards, a Johan not knowing what he wanted – rollercoaster of emotions deluxe. Sometimes he whispered I want to grow old with you in my ear when he thought I was sleeping. That’s something we both share – we are both very definite. If we get into a relationship, we do it with a plan. And so it was September and we said What the fuck, let’s be together at the pub where we later on made all the big decisions in life so far; moving in together, getting married, moving to Berlin and so on.

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  • Reply vic January 25, 2013 at 10:57 am


  • Reply ionuca January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever heard!

    I am so happy for you two!

  • Reply the view from the cottage January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I love this story; it made me laugh and left that warm fuzzy feeling.
    'He thought I was annoying, I thought he was a young bitch' – brilliant !! 🙂 Your sense of humour. On the other note I am a great believer that you should always marry your best friend if you are planning to grow old with a companion. I have seen so many couples being together for the wrong reasons and it always ends up in tears.
    Thank you for sharing such intimate moments with us Sandra. Happy Friday!!

  • Reply Fräulein Julia January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    oh my, what a lovely story. <3

  • Reply Tina Sosna January 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Oh I adored this wonderful story about your love.
    I read it to my love and he and I always said "Ohh! and Awww!And smiled to each other"
    You have a beautiful writing style,I could laugh and cry at the same time.

    Thank you for these beautiful story and your photographs on the blog.
    I have been following your blog for a long time. <3

  • Reply Nathalee Virginia January 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    What a beautiful story… <3

  • Reply Frau Haselmayer January 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

  • Reply Marijke January 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Beautiful story! – written with a great sense of humor. Like Tina said: I could laugh and cry at the same time.

  • Reply dolores blanche January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

    jag lipar.

  • Reply lotte January 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    what a wonderful, wonderful heartwarming love story!!

  • Reply Verron pilA(R)T January 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This is fucking good love story I can read it again and again! Wish both of you luck and lot of love together. xxx


  • Reply planktonfisher January 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

    this sounds exactly like my story!

  • Reply TnT January 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Omy, I adore good real love stories that read better than fiction!

  • Reply s t E f a N i a January 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Sandra, you just shared very generously a precious and private story! Funny as seen from the other side of the screen (meaning my own computer) you two look like the kind of guys who fell in a coup de fudre! well, if such guys do have a special look. Just an idea 😉
    I think when you find a guy with whom you can do so many things, stay together all the time like that and never get tired of it, it must really mean something!

  • Reply Marie January 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm


  • Reply *eni* January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    goosebumps and some tears in my eyes!
    you are a wonderful and grogeous couple.
    thanks for sharing this, sandra!
    i can feel all the emotions reading this story of you two.
    happy weekend to both of you!


  • Reply CampbellHouse January 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Love your story!

  • Reply ale prendes January 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    i loved the story . . so beautiful and uneasy . . thank you for sharing

  • Reply [sen.siˈʝes] January 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    wunderschön eure geschichte!

  • Reply Hugrún January 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful story! You always lid up my day, whether with your lovely photographs or good stories!

  • Reply Samantha January 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a sweet story!

  • Reply antonella January 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Then you should watch the new Guinness ad! It's set in the Czech Republic in the 1890s and tells the story of a town’s clock that doesn’t settle for the ordinary. It even pauses time to allow a precious moment to last longer…

  • Reply cappuccinopost January 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Lovely! And what´s next in your plan?

  • Reply Mariela January 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Lovely story, love your honesty about it.
    Thanks for sharing and wish you and your husband many years of love and happiness.

  • Reply Vix January 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    can't think of a time when you didn't get along… really!
    beautiful story :))
    thanks for sharing 😉

  • Reply tut January 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Wundervoll herzerwärmend.

  • Reply bromeleighad January 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I love your story! Sweet, but also very authentic. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply holtkamp January 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    What a sweet and funny story! I love your way of writing!

  • Reply Olivia January 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely story 🙂 It was so nice as a follow up to yesterdays post.

  • Reply chadebergamota January 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply silvia January 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    i love your story. 🙂 thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Annika January 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm


  • Reply * HOPSCOTCH * ~ Charlyn January 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Love you both, but you know that already! 😉

  • Reply in dreams January 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    your writing is so strong, and the emotions so palpable: i feel like i'm there with you, feeling with you, longing for + regretting + finally realizing your love. what a beautiful love story. <3

  • Reply lisen January 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    🙂 åh, fint! så bra att tänka tillbaka på allt igen då o då. gårdagen, fjolåret, och sju åtta nio tio år tillbaka! <3 god helg till er fina!

  • Reply sonrie January 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    the way you told your story was very beautiful and romantic! so glad you found each other!

  • Reply Alba January 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    What a sweet story, Sandra!
    Loved every bit!

  • Reply veronica January 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    glück und liebe….und grüsse, veronica

  • Reply mareike January 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    so schön <3

  • Reply skatoprama January 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Reply girlwithbighair January 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    That was lovely – I love to hear stories about how people met.

  • Reply suzyjaclyn January 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! I love hearing how couples have met. I also liked your honesty – "young bitch."

  • Reply handmade romance January 26, 2013 at 4:22 am

    what a story – thanks for sharing! the whispering in your ear, so incredibly romantic. i wish you two – the annoying one and the young bitch – many happy years together : ) x

  • Reply Christoph Knappe January 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Das ist eine schöne Liebesgeschichte.

  • Reply Agustina January 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

  • Reply famapa January 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Tårögd och klump i halsen. puss på er!

  • Reply Jay yeon Lim January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Sweet <3

  • Reply Becky January 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    This is the sweetest story ever. I'm pretty sure the two of you get more awesome with every post.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Malin January 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    så underbart att läsa, nu vill jag också bli kär!

  • Reply Mae of Longfellow January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    What a beautiful story. It's amazing how people can enter your life and become such a large part of it.

  • Reply flying tortilla January 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I love this story, thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply schlawittchen January 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    What an unromantic yet romantic story :D! I wish you all the best. Let love rule! 🙂

  • Reply Clear Nook January 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Such a beautiful story. I wish you all the luck!

  • Reply Joy January 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    this is just so beautiful. amazing!

  • Reply Matylda Nowak-Jezierska January 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Such a great story. And so real! Me and my husband, at first hated eachother. Then became close, and onest… thanks to Skype conversations we had. I had no camera, so we wrote on Skype. And after a while he wrote, that he wants to kiss me. Now I'm his wife. Very happy one! Best wishes to You and Johan. Come vist Warsaw – You will be welcomed here.

  • Reply Jennifer January 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Such a wonderful story, you wrote it so well.

  • Reply bare hege January 27, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I love your story!

  • Reply twiggs January 27, 2013 at 1:14 am

    i usually do not leave comments after so many already left, but i had to. your story is so beautiful and naive. when love is true and meant to be is exactly like that! i also fell something different when i started talking to my partner and so far 3 years together and we moved in together short after being together. we never regretted and alwaya felt right!

  • Reply arounna January 27, 2013 at 5:08 am

    so beautiful – thanks for sharing

  • Reply Lauren Barry January 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    seeing little glimpses of the life you two share together provides a safe haven to visit when I am not so sure how to feel about the world. You give so much in sharing these stories and photographs!

  • Reply Astridka January 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Sandra, was für eine Geschichte! Ich liebe romantische Liebesgeschichten & alle Liebesgeschichten in meiner Familie sind romantisch & niemals unkompliziert. Ich habe mit meinem mann 10 Monate lang sehr gut zusammengearbeitet & nicht wahrhaben wollen, was mit uns passiert war. Und ja, es war eine endgültige Entscheidung. Wir leben seit fast 36 Jahren zusammen.
    Ich wünsche euch das auch!

  • Reply fruktoza January 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for sharing! A great story!

  • Reply amermaidmmv January 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful story. So brave of you to write all that on your blog

  • Reply Sarah / FIN January 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a lovely and heartwarming story, dear Sandra. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Reply airosa January 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    So good 🙂

  • Reply mllelobster January 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    "Sometimes he whispered I want to grow old with you in my ear when he thought I was sleeping", this sentence is so beautiful! What a nice story!

    • Reply Aline Gut January 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

      I loved this sentence too <3

  • Reply Aline Gut January 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I really enjoy reading this post. I love your blog, you have a great aesthetic judgment. I read your blog every day. Thanks so much for sharing your personal story with us <3

    Greetings from Argentina!


  • Reply Alexandra K. (shurupchik) January 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    thank you so much for sharing your story=) I am always a bit scared to go personal (I mean very personal) in my blog..but maybe I will give it a try!

  • Reply shelley January 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    What an excellent love story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn January 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    the comments you have written here are heartwarming and bring a little tear of gratitude to my eye for having such sweet blog readers. i am glad to have shared this story with you 🙂

  • Reply min lee January 29, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Reading this, I could picture the story in my head. 🙂 You two are best together and I miss you both. <3

  • Reply Hanna January 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Vänskap väger så oerhört tungt. Och i mixen med kärlek blir det allra bästa kombinationen! Så fint skrivet Sandra!

  • Reply Daniela January 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I loved your history!!!. I follow you a couple of years and always ask me how start your love story. Now i know it!, and completed the picture:)

  • Reply ce.leb January 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

    this sounds like a true love story… when i fell in love with my girlfriend, i thought it was just a rush of feelings caused by a really nice soccergame (sweden involved)at the world cup in 2006.
    the next morning i was still in love.. and the day after, and after.. it didn't pass.. like u wrote above. and now we're still together. and in love.
    i wish u both the very best,

  • Reply Mer January 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Amazing post. Lovely story. Best feelings ever: falling in love!
    Writing about this is the most inspiring thing for sure!

    You both are really inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing and lots of love (more) 😉

    Warm hugs from Madrid

  • Reply athomefun January 31, 2013 at 12:27 am

    absolutely lovely.

  • Reply Anna February 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Underbart Sandra!

  • Reply one little journey February 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    love reading your story. thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Johanna Tagada February 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Reading this made me happy and smile.
    Thanks a lot for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply The Modern Cottage Gardener February 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Have just found your blog and am really enjoying reading through past posts. This post is particularly beautiful and I can most definitely relate to it. I fell in love with my best friend also and can remember that moment I fell in love with him well and how much it hurt, I was terrified that he wouldn't love me too but it turned out that he was going through the same thing, it was a year until we got together. We've been together almost 6 years now. Looking forward to reading through the rest of your wonderful posts, thanks for sharing x

  • Reply Arctic Mum May 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Oh, how I love this story:)

  • Reply TheBestOfMyDay May 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

    <3 :-)))

  • Reply trolco May 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

    nice ^_^

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