Misha and Liza are a pair of couple who came from Siberia.
The first time I met the couple was at a cocktail party in Sochi.
They seemed the happiest couple I have ever met. It had been 10 years of their journey from romance to marriage and from the frozen land to the black sea city.
Liza introduced me her husband Misha. They met when they both studied in Siberia, Liza said. And then they fell in love. Misha called it “love at first sight”.
During our conversation, Misha kept looking at his wife. “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?” He was one of a few men I knew who talked about his fascination of his wife despite 10 years relationship.
“You know, we won’t settle down in Sochi but it is the gateway to our future.”
“Where do you want to go?” I asked the happy couple.
Spain? The Netherlands? Canada? Wherever I named, they seemed already having a plan. They never described their plan in a concrete way, but they visualized the future that they sought to pursue.
Lisa once shared her interest in foreign literature with me. We talked about Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and among others. I asked her what made her and her husband so free, not just the kind of freedom to move around, but also their unassuming openmindness about different possibilities in life.
With both parents in academia, Lisa said: “Good education matters. And yet, our free will matters most.”
A month after I left Sochi, I heard from the happy couple that they relocated to Saint Petersburg.
I wasn’t sure where the happy couple would settle down someday. One thing for sure, they will remain a free and happy couple.