Sometimes when you’re not looking for love is just when you find it. This is exactly what happened to one woman when she found love in the most unlikely of places.
The following story explains how a Swedish woman met a homeless man on the street and found an undeniable chemistry with him. She wondered if she’d be able to overlook the obvious differences between them and begin a relationship…
Just Waiting To Meet A Friend
Emmy Abrahamson, 41, from Sweden was in Amsterdam in September 2006, right around her 30th birthday. One afternoon, when she was sitting on a bench, waiting to meet a friend, a guy came up and sat next to her and asked her the time.
“Beautiful Brown Eyes”
Immediately, she noticed the man’s dirty clothes and hair, but she was struck by his “beautiful brown eyes.” The pair got to talking for about ten minutes and despite Vic Kocula’s “unkempt appearance,” he said to Emmy, “Saturday, 3 p.m. the same bench.”
Homeless But Confident
Emmy couldn’t believe that someone who was so visibly homeless, could be so confident. It was Sunday, so Emmy had five days to make up her mind. As the days went by, Emmy couldn’t stop thinking about the homeless man that made her laugh right away.
She was reminded of his dirty hands and fingernails, and that he was holding a briefcase which she thought only crazy people did. Little did she know he had used his briefcase to hold his sleeping bag and cans of beer…
Their First Date
After almost a week to think about it, Emmy decided to give this confident stranger a chance. Five days later, she met Vic on the bench he had been sleeping on, only to find that he was 20 minutes late. Despite his tardiness, the pair shared a beautiful afternoon together, enjoying a romantic picnic lunch.
Backpacking Trip Gone Wrong
Emmy learned all about Vic and how he became homeless. His story was one of a European backpacking trip gone wrong when his trip went a little too far. Despite running out of money earlier than expected, Vic hadn’t done everything he had to do during the trip, so he said, ok, I’ll do it without any money…
He Wasn’t Ready To Leave Europe
Vic decided he wasn’t ready to go back to the U.S., so he resorted to sleeping on the street. He begged for money which he used to travel, but he soon fell into a pattern of drinking heavily. The wheels began to fall off and Vic’s alcoholism kicked in steadily.
A Brief, Significant Meeting
It was a gradual process until one day Vic realized, “‘Oh my God, I’m a homeless alcoholic.’” This didn’t bother Emmy since she was genuinely enjoying Vic’s company and they spent the entire day together. While their chemistry was apparent, their time together would come to an end as Emmy had to return to her home in Vienna…
Maybe They Would Reconnect?
Unsure if she would ever see Vic again, Emmy gave him her number just in case. Still, she had no means of contacting Vic herself, so the ball was in his court. Emmy returned home and continued her work as an author of books for teenagers.
Emmy Couldn’t Forget About The Man Who Lived Under A Bush
As time went by, she couldn’t get her “tall, dark and handsome stranger” who was living under a bush out of her mind. But, in the three weeks that passed, Vic didn’t call and Emmy was convinced that their unlikely romance had come to an end…
Arrested For Stealing A Chicken
Little did Emmy know, Vic was desperately trying to raise enough money to make his way to see her again. His three-week silence was due to the fact that he ended up in police custody after stealing a chicken to feed himself.
What Seemed Like A Long-Awaited Phone Call
Three weeks later in Vienna, Emmy had just celebrated her 30th birthday and she got a phone call from Vic. He said, “I’m here now.”
Gathered Enough Money For A Train Ticket
Vic had arrived in Vienna after scraping together enough donations to pay for a train ticket. He explained to Emmy that meeting her had turned his life around and they haven’t been separated since.
Fairytale Castle Wedding
Their relationship blossomed and the couple was married in a fairytale castle wedding. Six years ago, Emmy gave birth to twins, Desta and Til. But the parents aren’t sure their children understand their unique and romantic tale…
Turned Their Romance Into A Novel
Vic said, “We’ve told them everything that happened. I don’t think they grasp the social aspects of the whole thing, they just think it’s funny that daddy lived in a bush.” Emmy has decided to turn their story into a “slightly fictionalized” novel: “How To Fall In Love With A Man Who Lives In A Bush.”
Encouraged Vic To Further His Education
She also encouraged Vic to return to his studies and he qualified and now works as a mechanical engineer. “I could tell how intelligent he was…He’s an amazing man that it would be a waste if he didn’t educate himself further.” While it is clear what attracted Emmy to Vic in their initial meeting, Vic shared what attracted him to Emmy…
A Confident Woman
He recalled that the reason that he was drawn to his future wife in the first place was because of her confidence. “She was super content just sitting there with a smile on her face…I decided, I had to go and speak with this woman.”
‘I Won The Lottery Ticket’
“If you would have told me 12 years ago that I was going to end up marrying a homeless alcoholic, I would have said you were crazy,” Emmy said. “But I did, and I won the lottery ticket- because I got the most amazing man.”
“One Of The Most Beautiful, Sad, And Funny Love Stories I Have Ever Read”
The couple has since shared their story with numerous media outlets and they’ve done countless interviews. Emmy’s book, “How To Fall In Love With A Man Who Lives In A Bush,” was published in January 2018 by Harper Collins.
The book is described as a “fresh, hilarious and compulsively readable love story with the most wonderful kernel of truth to it.” “A series of disastrous dates has left her despairing of over finding The One- until an incredibly hairy, barefoot [man] sits next to her on a bench…But can Julia overlook the differences between them, abandon logic and chose with her heart?” We know that the answer to this is yes!