2.This Racing Couple Shares Love, Life and a Tandem Bike
3.A Love Story for the Pages
4.A Love to the Moon and Back
5.One Husband’s Tribute to a Timeless Love
6.This Couple Rode Over 2,000 Roller Coasters Around the World
7.This Backward Snail Just Wants to Find Love
8.Fighting to End Child Marriage in Lebanon
9.Fishing Alongside Dolphins Off the Coast of Brazil
10.Dare to Eat the Philippines’ Delectable Woodworms
11.Food, Family and Culture in Ghana
12.This California Family Sold Their Home to Travel Around the World
13.A Cultural Tour of Ghana
14.Visiting Ghana with Afrobeats Superstar Fuse ODG
15.Connecting with Ghana’s Past and Present
16.How This Couple Managed to Farm in Northern Minnesota
17.How Small Science Is Creating Big Possibilities in Africa
18.The Father-Son Duo Getting a Second Wind
19.The Long-Distance Couple Keeping Their Love Alive Through Art
20.Shalom Japan: Japanese and Jewish Cuisines Merge at this Brooklyn Restaurant
21.Coffee in Turkey
22.A Family Affair: Truly Revisiting the Dead
23.Love and Monsters
24.In Italy, Love Secretaries Will Help Mend Your Heart
25.Pearl’s Topiary Garden Is a Backyard Masterpiece Grown From Scraps
There are over 6,500 languages in the world. But the one language we all share is sometimes the most complicated to understand—love. We traveled around the world to meet couples whose love has stood the test of time. Each of our couples have been together for at least 30 years (some as many as 61!) and they’ve picked up plenty of wisdom about life and love and marriage along the way. From Ghana to Brazil, from St. John, Indiana, to the Philippines, this is what love looks like around the world.
Read each of their love stories, below.
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Anastasia & Demetrius
St. John, Indiana
married 56 years
When Anastasia first started dating Demetrius, she was hospitalized for three months with a dislocated hip.
“He said, 'When you come out of the hospital, we'll get married,'” Anastasia recalls. “I said, 'What if I won't be able to walk?' He said, 'I will carry you.' How do you say no to a proposal like that?” Since then, life together has only gotten better with age.
“I miss him more now than, let's say, 10 years ago. You feel a deeper love, a deeper closeness now.” Anastasia says.
“She is my best,” says Demetrius. “I'm very, very, very lucky.”
Seth & Janet
married 48 years
The first time Seth met Janet was at their town's annual yam festival.
“I was drawn to her dance moves,” he remembers. “It was love at first sight.” Since then, they've been moving through life together.
“He loves people,” says Janet about her husband. “He is always making people happy, but above all, I love his smile.”
Lisa & Lisa
New York, New York
married, together 30 years
Lisa T. and Lisa D. share a name, an apartment and a red-headed parrot. When Lisa D. met her wife for the first time at a party, she could tell immediately that she was a kind and generous person.
“She didn't want me to be alone, didn't want me to have to take the train by myself. That's what she's like, generally, and you don't find that in everyone.”
“You really have a friend for life, which not everyone does,” says Lisa D. “You know that somebody cares, and you care … and you become as one."
Rodilia & Pablo
married 61 years
For Pablo, meeting Rodilia was love at first sight. And in their 61 years of marriage, that love has not changed.
“There is no difference between the love I feel today and the past 10 years. My love for her has never waned.”
“For me, love is to seek life while we are still alive,” continues Pablo. “We have to treasure it because time will come and God will take it.”
Thomas & Kenalemang
Rustenburg, South Africa
married 45 years
Thomas and Kenalemang were married in 1975 in the midst of apartheid. They had to delay their wedding ceremony for years because of riots in town. But from then on, they had each other for support. For Kenalemang, keeping a successful marriage is all about give and take.
“You can't love when you're not loving yourself,” she says. “Love must have respect, it must have mutual trust, it must really have boundaries.”
“Love also cools down emotions,” Thomas adds. “When things get out of hand, love takes over.”
Christopher & Bruce
Asheville, North Carolina
married, together 34 years
When Christopher and Bruce first met at film school, they couldn't have imagined the life they had ahead of them.
“When we first met, I said to Bruce, I'm not sure I can do a long term relationship, because I had only had a series of short ones before then,” Christopher recalls. “And then suddenly we were at five years, six years, seven years, eight years, now going on 34. I guess that solved my problem.”
“You know, it helps to be in love with your best friend,” Christopher continues. “It helps to complement each other in strengths and weaknesses.”
Pandurang & Saubhagywati
married 61 years
Pandurang and Saubhagywati were first introduced to each other in 1958.
“There wasn't a concept of love marriage,” says Pandurang. “Marriage was usually decided by the elders.” But the second they met, they knew there could be something special.
“I made up my mind when I saw him,” remembers Saubhagywati. “He sat with such swagger.” Since then, their relationship has grown stronger and stronger.
“We never get bored because we have so many interests,” says Saubhagywati. “Forget about getting bored, we feel there is not enough time to do all the things we love.”
Edith & Donald
married 52 years
Edith and Donald grew up within blocks of each other—they attended the same church, and even the same preschool. But they didn't meet until they were teenagers.
“He said, 'Can I have your phone number?'” Edith remembers. “I said, 'No, I have a boyfriend.'”
“That was a challenge,” Thomas recalls. But there were bigger things in store for them.
“I knew he was a good person,” says Edith. “All of my friends said, 'This is the one for you.' I finally came to realize I was in love with Donald … I'd already found the person that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, and we were just 18 years old.”
Odir & Dulce
São Paulo, Brazil
married 60 years and 6 months
On July 9, 1958, Dulce got into a taxi driven by Odir. Over six decades later, they are still riding together.
“I wouldn't change anything about who we were, over the 60 years with travels, with our sons, with our grandsons, with everything,” says Odir.
“We love each other, even now as seniors,” says Dulce. “We don't know how to live without each other.”
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