Thema: 'Finding love in Groningen'
I met my husband, Dr Serge Bayala, at the University of Groningen in December 1998, just one week before I was supposed to leave Groningen to go to Stirling to continue with my MSc programme. He had just arrived in Groningen to start his PhD research in Financial Management at the University. We met through my Burkinese roommate and it was love at first sight.
She was wearing a pink chequered blouse, black skirt and brown boots. Her shoulder-length, charcoal hair was pinned up with a clip near her ear. I couldn't take my eyes off her. Apparently she felt me looking at her. As she reached the door of a church in the southern part of Groningen, she paused, turned around, and looked straight at me. At that moment, I knew I’d found a treasure.
He (a boy from northern Europe) and she (a girl from southern China) had nothing in common until the summer of 2007. Then they went to the University of Groningen for their Master’s programmes and lived on the same floor of an International Student House.