Smoochin’ in Maastricht

Our apologies, Maastricht-ians.

We don’t normally act this way, and subject an unknowing population to such antics. (This blog notwithstanding), we are typically quite private people, especially when it comes to showing affection in public.

But we just couldn’t help it.  We admittedly may have been a bit too smoochie-woochie when strolling through your streets recently.

I blame two things for this.

Number one – We are a couple of short weeks away from our tenth wedding anniversary, and perhaps we got swept up in the romance of it a wee bit early.

Number two – Have you looked around at your beautiful city lately? Have you seen the way the fading sunlight lights up your beautiful plazas in perfect gold and pink hues, how your city sparkles after dark with candlelit tables, fresh flowers and lively conversation? The leaves are just beginning to turn and fall, adding color to the shining grey cobblestone streets.

Your city makes it quite impossible not to fall a little in love with it, and a little deeper with each other.

At least you don’t seem to mind our displays of affection, and instead have helped us celebrate our love by giving us special moments to cherish. When Pete and I stopped on a bridge to share a smooch while gazing out at the water, one of your riverboat captains, dozens of feet below, honked his horn directly at us. Startled, we looked down and saw him wagging his finger at us, as if we were being naughty, but with an enormous, joyous smile on his face. We laughed, and went right back to smoochin’.

And then when we sat on the patio of a quiet cafe, a sweet woman carrying a toddler caught us again mid-smooch. She gave a quick wink when she passed by, causing Pete to blush.

You made us feel like giddy school kids, excited to be on a first date in one of the most romantic little cities we’ve ever been to.  After ten years of marriage, it doesn’t get much better than that.


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  • October 17 2011

    What, no pictures? 😉

    Happy anniversary!

    • October 17 2011

      Of us smoochin’, you mean? I never think of it! Too caught up in the smooch, I guess… 🙂

  • October 17 2011

    Awww, you two are so romantic and adorable. Isn’t it funny how some places just make you want to be affectionate even more than usual?

    • October 17 2011

      We seem to find that in a lot places around Europe! 🙂

  • October 17 2011

    Love your post!!! Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to more posts of you!
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  • October 17 2011

    Happy Anniversary:)
    Have a fabulous week ahead:)
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    • October 18 2011

      Thanks Arti – I promise all our upcoming posts won’t be about kissing… 🙂

  • Emily in Chile
    October 17 2011

    This post made me smile 🙂 Happy almost-anniversary!

    • October 17 2011

      Thanks Emily! We like to celebrate things for more than just the actual day!

  • Aaaaw, that’s so cute. Happy anniversary! Here’s for more smooch-fest years ahead!
    jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World recently posted..Getting Scammed at the Peru – Chile border

    • October 18 2011

      Thank you! We hope to be smoochin’-woochin’ for many more! 🙂

  • Geez. Get a room you two. 🙂

    • October 18 2011

      Sorry guys. I promise that all our posts for the next couple of weeks won’t be about this. 🙂

  • October 18 2011

    Adorable. 🙂 I love the way cities bring out the inner romantic/smoocher in people. Happy almost anniversary!

    • October 18 2011

      Thanks Diana! Maastricht had plenty of romance for everyone. We were doomed to be smoochin’ for three straight days!

  • October 18 2011

    Awwwwwwwwwww! Happy 10th!

    • October 18 2011

      Thanks Dyanne! That seems like such a long time… 🙂

  • Abi
    October 18 2011

    Ah – smooch away for your anniversary!
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  • October 18 2011

    Happy 10th anniversary guys. You should try and get away to celebrate!
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    • October 18 2011

      Haha!! We actually DID get away (from the routine?)…that post is to come… 🙂

  • October 18 2011

    Went to in Maastricht for a meeting years ago and have returned many times. Lovely city. Happy anniversary!
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  • October 18 2011

    Positively uplifting. Keep traveling, lovebirds!
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  • October 18 2011

    Haha this is adorable!
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  • I think I’ve been in Latin America too long because I wouldn’t have even noticed you two making out in the streets.
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    • October 18 2011

      Oh yeah – we would have fit right in there! Ha! Will remember that for our next anniversary, and then maybe less people will honk at us! 🙂

  • Katrina
    October 18 2011

    Yes, needs more smoochiepics! And congrats. 🙂

  • Mom
    October 19 2011

    Awwwwwwwwww. To be in love is the most beautiful of emotions.

  • October 19 2011

    Good to know that there are still long-term couples out there that are so much in love. Maastricht is probably smiling at the two of you. Here’s to many more smoochin’ in the years ahead 🙂

    • October 21 2011

      Thanks so much Sherry! I hope they were smiling, at least no one seemed to mind terribly. I probably would have been making fun of us – ha!

  • October 19 2011

    Aww, ten years – Happy anniversary guys. If that’s not a good reason for a few public displays of smooching, then I don’t know what it is!
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    • October 21 2011

      Thanks Cherina! After ten years, I’m happy to be with someone that I still like to smooch! 🙂

  • October 19 2011

    How cute. It’s a lovely city (when it’s not raining, which isn’t often in Northern Europe!)

  • October 20 2011

    Happy tenth, I’m on my way to my 7th!
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    • October 21 2011

      Congrats Federico – wishing you many, many more! 🙂

  • October 20 2011

    Congrats on the anniversary. The smooching however has got to go. 🙂
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    • October 21 2011

      I’m sorry for offending. 🙂

  • Joanie
    October 20 2011


    That is all 😉

  • October 21 2011


    Just…. Awwwww…..

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  • Sam Kelly
    October 22 2011

    I’m not exaggerating when I say that you two are pretty much the main reason I believe in marriage and true love… This post made me SO happy! I love your love!

    • October 25 2011

      Sam – that is the SWEETEST comment EVAH! 🙂 xoxo

  • October 22 2011

    Love this post! Happy Anniversary!
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  • October 23 2011

    It’s great that you guys have made it, cannot wait to meet you both.
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    • October 25 2011

      Thanks Ayngelina 🙂 Hopefully that happens in London?

  • October 25 2011

    10 years?! Holy congrats that’s awesome!!!!!!

    You make it sound good 🙂 I’d say look – but you didn’t include a pic of the two of you …

  • November 6 2011

    I havn’t been to Maastricht yet… I want to! I hear it is a good place to go for carnival.
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  • November 11 2011

    Aaww, seriously… happy anniversary. May you have more smoochie years ahead. (We’re going on our 29th year ourselves and yes, we still smooch.) Hope you get that far too.
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    • November 12 2011

      Glad to know that the smoochin’ is still alive for the Easy Hikers! 🙂 I hope we make it that far as well! 🙂

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