Meet Erika & Ray. Ray traveled to Spain to study Spanish, while Erika was in Spain volunteering to show Americans around. Their love for one another & Erika’s love for Boise lead to be a Love in the BOI story.
How did you all meet?
Back in 2010 Ray was studying Spanish so he decided to study abroad in Spain. I was studying English so I decided to become a volunteer and help American students to integrate in my city and show them around. Ray was one of those American students. I had never met such a joyful person and we became best friends. Soon enough we fell in love and I decided to come to USA to keep studying English.
We had a long distance relationship for 18 months until he finished college. After graduation, we traveled the world together and lived in Colombia, Spain and Russia. In 2015 we got engaged and he said : We can live anywhere in the world you want. I answered : Let’s go to Boise!
I had fallen in love with Boise since the very first day I visited it and here we have had the happiest days of our relationship.
Describe Your First Date.
Our first date was at my favorite beach in my Island (Mallorca ).
We jumped cliffs and listened to Johnny Cash in the Ipod. I had always loved Johnny Cash but pretty much no one knew him in Spain. When he chose Johnny Cash in the playlisy and imitated his voice , I knew I had found the one.
What advice do You Have for those looking for love in Boise?
Try and find a partner in a place where a similar interest exists that will build your relationship over time: book shops, concerts, climbing gyms, fitness classes, etc. Bars are a natural go to, but the atmosphere often times doesn’t reflect an environment of “looking for something serious”.
And for people from around the area who think they already know everyone here, don’t lose hope! Boise is attracting droves of young people as of recently and there could be someone new coming to town just for you.
What is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?
We love skying , taking interesting classes at Jump, enjoying the great outdoors and eating amazing food ! Our favorite places are El Cafetal Colombian restaurant, Wild Root, Parilla, and Bier 30. Oh and we love traveling!