The love of a Vietnamese boy and a Ukrainian model

Last December, Duc Anh saw his girlfriend back home to visit her family and did some marriage preparation, not knowing that war was about to break out in her hometown.

At 10 am on February 24, while in a coma due to Covid-19 infection, Tran Duc Anh, 30 years old, in Hanoi saw his girlfriend Anita, 22 years old, calling. “There’s been a war in my hometown,” the girl with an urgent voice told quickly about the situation in the city of Kharkov and then sobbed.

“I heard the sound of the plane, the explosion of bullets. My heart was suffocated because I did not expect my lover to be in such a situation,” Duc Anh said. Encouraged Anita to calm down, but he admits he was also panicking at the time.

Anita has just returned to Ukraine in December 2021, visiting family after two years stuck in Vietnam because of Covid-19 and applying for a confirmation of being single to register her marriage. The two people plan to return to the same house in 2022.

She went to Vietnam in early 2020 under a two-month contract with a modeling agency. Before the contract was over, the pandemic broke out, international flights stopped working, Anita was stuck in Vietnam. In mid-2020, during a visit to a friend’s house, Duc Anh met Anita. Seeing the Ukrainian model with blue eyes, blonde hair and a gentle smile, the Hanoi boy was immediately captivated. His English was shaky, but he took the initiative to introduce himself to Anita.

At the end of the talk, Duc Anh asked for Anita’s social media account and spent the night looking at all of her photos, then boldly invited Anita to eat. At the sushi restaurant for dinner the next day, the two talked about Vietnam’s work, people, and landscapes. The strange thing was that Duc Anh hadn’t finished his sentence, Anita had already guessed what he was going to say. “I don’t know why, I always understood him. Maybe it was fate,” Anita said.

Duc Anh and Anita in love, August 2020. Photo: Character provided.

After four meetings, although no one asked, they officially became a couple. Anita turned to freelance modeling. Outside of work as a real estate specialist, Duc Anh helps his girlfriend schedule work and meet partners. He took her to the photo spots, waiting patiently. Since Duc Anh, Anita’s life in the foreign country has been safer and more comfortable. “Because of you, I volunteered to be stuck in Vietnam,” she said.

Beautiful should be pursued by many people, but in love with Duc Anh, Anita does not reply to anyone’s messages. Every day, whenever she has free time, she cooks his favorite dishes and then cleans the house. “She happily does it like a real housewife, but doesn’t consider it a duty. I think young Vietnamese girls nowadays are not like that,” Duc Anh commented.

The Hanoi boy’s parents initially objected to their son falling in love with a foreign girl because they thought it would not last long. But meeting Anita, seeing her roll into the kitchen to clean, take care of her son little by little like a good wife, they were also conquered.

The pandemic brings them together and also tests their love. Germany’s real estate business is frozen for a long time. Thinking the future could not bring happiness to Anita, he decided to break up. She did not accept the break, and still quietly came to cook and comfort her boyfriend every day. “No matter what happens, I’ll still be with you. Don’t say things that even you don’t want to hurt both of us,” Anita said. Thanks to his girlfriend’s encouragement, Duc Anh was motivated to overcome failure.

At the end of 2021, the two decided to get married and Anita also stayed in Vietnam to settle down.

In addition to his work in real estate, Duc Anh works as a manager for his girlfriend.  Photo: Character provided

Duc Anh and his girlfriend took a souvenir photo in Ha Long, early 2021. Photo: Characters provided

When international flights resumed, Anita returned to Kharkov to visit her family and complete the procedures for marriage registration. This time she was stuck in her own hometown.

“The war happened, I suddenly panicked, afraid that after just a second I might lose the person I love,” Duc Anh said. As for Anita, she said that she was only afraid that if the worst happened to her, she would not meet her lover.

Since the day the war broke out, the two video calls to each other and then let the phone connect 24/7. Through the screen, Duc Anh saw his lover’s whole family, including mother, grandmother, sister, niece and aunt Anita, all moved out to the apartment in the middle of the house, away from the window. Occasionally, he heard the sound of bombs, the light of fire flashing through the window.

Every time he is dozing off to sleep, hearing sirens or the sound of a plane, Duc Anh wakes up to call his girlfriend and to know she is safe. Once when her grandmother ran out of medicine, there was occasional shelling outside, Anita and her sister still ventured out to buy them. In Vietnam, Duc Anh’s intestines ached. He didn’t leave the screen for a second, just sighed when his girlfriend got home safely.

“It’s like I’m living in a war, but I feel helpless because I can’t do anything,” he said. Reading the news and understanding the military situation, he advised the whole family to evacuate to Lviv, where embassies of all countries had moved. But Anita’s grandmother was ill and had to be bedridden, while they could only travel by train. Her mother was forced to stay. Unwilling, the whole family decided to entrench, waiting for the day when the homeland was peaceful. But 10 days passed, Kharkov was still bombarded, there were casualties. Thinking of their little niece, Anita’s sisters, uncle and aunt decided to leave Kharkov.

Anita's family on the train leaving Kharkov for Lviv, March 5.  Photo: Character provided

Anita’s family on the train leaving Kharkov for Lviv, March 5. Photo: Characters provided

Through the video, Duc Anh saw all the scenes of ruined houses, scenes of people queuing to buy food, smoke and dust in the sky. He stayed up with his girlfriend for eight hours in line to board the train, heartbroken to see her sitting on the train with a tired look from insomnia, fear. The train from Kharkov to Lviv normally only takes 15 hours, but now lasts up to 36 hours. “While evacuating because of the war, she was still worried about my health when she had Covid, which made me love Anita even more,” he said. And Anita is always grateful when Duc Anh always accompanies her. Thanks to her lover, she got through the worst days of her life.

On March 5, Anita and her family were at peace in the apartment of an acquaintance in Lviv. Duc Anh joined the Vietnamese group in Ukraine to ask for instructions on the procedures so that his girlfriend could return to Vietnam. In two days, Anita will go to Poland, then get a passport to fly to Hanoi. They discussed, when reunited, both will travel many places.

Previously, Anita liked to explore, but because of busy work, the couple did not have time to rest. “Separated because of the war, I don’t know if we will see each other tomorrow. I promise myself that I will do everything for her when we meet again so that I will never regret any situation,” Duc Anh said. speak.

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