A romantic spark can make people act on impulse and do the most unexpected things in pursuit of love. As 24-year-old Sophie Stevenson from Stoke in central England can now readily testify with a heavy heart. In late September 2017, this young bartender hopped hopefully on to a flight to Amsterdam. She was excited at the prospect of being reunited with the man who had swept her off her feet the month before.
Stevenson traveled 40 miles from her home town to Manchester in order to board a plane to Amsterdam. This is the capital city of her new love interest’s native country, the Netherlands. She had been messaging with 21-year-old student Jesse Mateman up until the flight’s departure time. Stevenson most likely boarded the plane with visions playing in her head of romantic walks along Amsterdam’s famous canals. Her excitement must have been building with each minute of the flight that passed. So, by the time Stevenson touched down in the Netherlands, she couldn’t wait to get back in contact with Mateman.