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The Love Lock Story

Being American, Valentine’s day was always about Roses and Chocolates, however in Europe there are some fun traditions that I like even better!

LOVE LOCKS! In Europe there are Bridges all over, where couples hang padlocks. The padlocks are colorful and have the couples names engraved. The key is thrown into the river to symbolize their ever lasting love!

The Practice started in Serbia at the Most Ljubavi Bridge ~ or the Bridge of Love which is now named after the Love Padlocks! The story is traced back to Pre-WWII when men were going off to war. A local schoolgirl named Nada, from Vrnjacka Banja, fell in love with Relja, a Serbian Military Officer. They used to secretly meet on the Ljubavi Bridge. They fell in love, and then he went off to war in Greece. While he was away he met another women and broke off his engagement to Nada. She was devastated, and eventually died of a broken heart.

Due to this heartbreaking story all the girls from Vrnjacka Banja, started carving their names, and the names of their loved one’s onto padlocks. Then they would hang their padlocks on this exact bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet! This was to ensure and to protect their own relationships! The padlock is hung to represent how strong their love lock is. Then the key is thrown into the river so it can never be unlocked!

These Love Lock Bridges have also caused a lot of controversy. This is because many of the love locks bridges have become too full of locks. Many of the local governments and railways have tried to cut them off, and have them removed! In Cologne Germany at the Hohenzollern Bridge, the German Train Company, Dutsche Bahn, tried to have them all removed! The Train Company was actually worried that there were so many locks, that the bridge was becomming too heavy! They were worried that the bridge could possibly collapse under the weight of the train the the locks! However, the people of Cologne went crazy in love, and protested the removal of the locks! The Train company ultimately gave in! The locks are still hanging, and the numbers are growing by the day!

One great way to include your kids, is to have a family love lock made! Engrave all your families names on a Love Lock and go hang it as a family! This is an awesome tradition, and can be done in many countries around the world! Think what an amazing story your kids can share about how many love locks your family has around the world!

Have You hung your love lock?

To cologne-4find your nearest Love Lock Bridge here is a list of all the Love Lock locations around the world!

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Thank you for reading my blog! My name is Stacey Sandlin Veikalas and I am originally from Colorado! Now, well I'm a nomad .... continually moving from country to country... but hey, home is where your heart is ... Right?So, how did we get here ? I was a single mom, with two boys, and owned a mortgage company. I worked 17 hour days, and had no time to be a mom! I had bought into the corporate world of work hard, make money, work harder, make more money!Then I met Benas, who was trying to become a professional basketball player. He told me that, one day he would get a contract to play professional ball, and then he would take us all to Europe, to live a Fabulous Basketball life! When Benas said "let's go" I had BIG hesitations! What? Give up my life? Give up my stuff? Give up my house, my car? Give up total control of my life? Hmmmm, for what some unknown life overseas ~ where I would be a housewife? Could I even do that? Would I be happy? Would my kids be happy? Was I Crazy?Well, I guess yes, I was crazy! I decided that meeting my soul mate, best friend, and role model for my boys ~ was more important than anything I could buy! So,I shut down my business, sold everything we owned, packed the kids and the dog ... and off we went! Now we are nomads, no permanent home, and own only what we can fit in our car! However, our life is so clear and clutter free ~ and the experiences we have had, far outweigh the material things that we do not! Welcome to our Crazy BasketsLife

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