11:56 . I have been with my wife for eight years now. We met when we were teenagers as we were both taking karaté classes, she was fifteen years old and I was seventeen. I think the reason why our relationship works well is because we are so similar. We are both positive people, we are friendly and enjoy communicating with each other and with others. We avoid conflict whenever possible because we believe that life is too short to remain in a conflicting situation! This mindset helps in our couple; because we rarely argue. We have the same interests, we see life the same way even though we do different jobs. She’s a mathematics teacher and I am here, running the family business. She is my best friend and my love. She understands who I am. In fact I sometimes think that we are so similar, it would be hard to find a difference between us two.
We stopped practicing karaté now. I mean, I love the sport itself, but after a while, it had become a competition – a matter of who achieves the best techniques, fights the best or wins the fight, and so on. I don’t like that. I’m not a competitive person. That is why I stopped. Her? She tore a ligament and had to stop karate for a while. She actually loved the competitive aspect of the sport. She’s quite a competitive person. Hey – I guess here is one difference between us after all. (He smiles)
Mario works at a coffeehouse on the place Luxembourg market that is set every tuesday, at the heart of the European quarter in Brussels. He is from Belgium.