by Sue Mackay
Romance is alive and well everywhere. My DB and I have just returned from four weeks in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, having had the most amazing experience imaginable. In Hanoi we attended a water puppet show and one of the acts was a romance. Very short but definitely a romance.
In Hoi An while sitting on the little balcony outside our hotel room I witnessed more romance. A young Vietnamese girl working as the receptionist at a small hotel welcomed her suitor when he raced up on a motor bike. Over the next half hour they talked, laughed, and when they thought no one was watching, (not having spied me) they touched each other. It was so innocent, and yet so provocative. Forget language barriers, forget cultures, it was romance as we would all recognise.
When the man got up to leave I could feel the girl's disappointment, and yet he had to go. He'd been hanging around the hotel lobby long enough. I sighed, my DB wondered what I was on, and there starts another story.
We had a fantastic trip and I came back with a complete outline for another book. But first I have to finish the current one.
Anyone reading this, feel free to share your romantic story with me. I love romance, I believe it is essential to all of us.