Allegra and Doug
"You guys look amazing together!"
How did they react?
"Thank you, thanks! Appreciate it!"
How did I feel?
Those two stuck out. Walking with the masses through a Hanover shopping street their jackets glowed from a hundred meters away: Neon green and full on red. Their gait looked relaxed and their faces open. They were holding hands. There was no sign they noticed the hundreds of people in front of them, the family fight to their right or the high pitched voice of the lady rattling numbers into her smartphone to their left. They just strolled on and on. When I approached and complimented I was ready for a nice chat. I got that. And more: In fact their words blew me away. It was not in what they said but in how they said it. Their "Sorry, we don't speak German!" came in the greatest accent - a deep southern one. I had not expected that in Hanover. "Where are you from!?", I said, a smile on my face. "The US.", answered. We ended up chatting about Euro-trips (they were about to fly out to Paris) and the US for a few minutes. It was sweet. When we said goodbye I was happy I had spotted a beautiful couple and enjoyed their presence and heard that accent again which sounded like music to my ears. One more round of amazing compliment-surprise-gift-bags!