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Galicia, Spain

What would you do to meet someone who potentially was your dream girl/guy/mate?

In my case, there was a woman I’ve been corresponding with for quite a while on the language exchange app, HelloTalk. It is specifically not a dating app, so it is a bit surprising that she and I took interest in each other strictly through messaging in each other’s languages. It is especially remarkable if you consider that we knew nothing about each other except our name, location, age, and facial features (via a tiny, low-resolution profile picture) when we first contacted each other. But imagine my intrigue when after many texts, I learned Andrea was a gorgeous Spanish emergency doctor with a great sense of humor and was super keen on traveling.

After several months of correspondence, we were enamored with each other so much that I assured her that once travel restrictions to Spain were lifted, I would come over and take her out on a date. I don’t think she genuinely believed me, and my friend E even mused “that sounds like the most expensive date ever” when I told him of my plans.

But I was true to my word. After running eight marathons in four weeks and Spain started to allow American tourists (vaccinated or not) to visit their country, I was on a flight over to Galicia.

We had instant chemistry and the first date turned into many over the course of a few weeks. Our lives had inexorably changed for the better.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. Even if things had not worked out the way they did, it would have been.

Fortunately, this story is not over yet. Expect to be seeing a lot more posts from Spain soon.

Photos not created by Felix Wong may be subject to copyright.
The Seat Ibiza I rented upon arriving in Galicia, as shown in Cambados.
Torre San Sadurniño in Cambados.
A delicious Galician dinner at Vinoteca Ribeira de Fefiñáns.
A beach on the southeast side of Isla de Arousa.
Playa Area da Secada on the northwestern side of Isla de Arousa.
A late (after 10:30 p.m.) but nice sunset over Cambados.
Pontevedra, with the Puente de los Tirantes on the left and the city center on the right.
Felix and Andrea on the Ruta da Pedra e da Auga.
Felix and Andrea at a waterfall on the Ruta Fervenza de Segade in Caldas de Reis.
Photo: Andrea
Andrea showing me a mollusk at a beach at A Lanzada.
A bridge on a running trail on the north side of Pontevedra.
Felix and Andrea kayaking in Combarro using a kayak rented from the Lost Tourist.
The view of Combarro, which has a lot of distinctive hórreos, or buildings on stilts.
Felix and Andrea in front of the Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina in Pontevedra.
These sequoia trees at the Bosque de Colón - Sequoias Poio were from California.
Photo: Andrea
Felix and Andrea in front of a castle in the Bosque Encantado in Cangas.
Photo: Andrea
A footpath through the Bosque Encantado in Cangas.
The Playa de Menduiña in Cangas.
Photo: Andrea
The Parque da Alameda in Santiago de Compostela.
Monasterio de San Martín Pinario in Santiago de Compostela.
Birds flying near a market in the center of Santiago de Compostela.
Felix looking at the online menu at the Casa dos Xacobes in Santiago de Compostela.
Photo: Andrea
Andrea eating at the Casa dos Xacobes in Santiago de Compostela.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Felix and Andrea with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the background.
Photo: Andrea