Meet Inga and Karsten.

By Cailey Rizzo
March 30, 2020
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Not even a border-closing global pandemic will stop this couple from seeing each other regularly.

Every day, Inga Rasmussen, 85, and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, trek to a red-and-white fence that demarcates the border between Germany and Denmark. Inga brings a chair and sits on the Danish side. Karsten settles onto the German side. They open a packet of biscuits and pour each other cups of coffee.

Rasmussen and Hansen met by chance last year, and since March 13, 2019, they have spent every day together, according to DW. Hansen lives in Süderlügum, Germany and Rasmussen is from Gallehus, Denmark. The border towns are typically only a 20-minute drive away from each other.

But almost one year exactly after they met, it became impossible to continue their daily meetings as usual. Between March 14 and 16, both Demark and Germany closed their border crossings. Regardless, the couple was determined to see each other. They simply relocated their afternoon coffee plans to the border at Aventoft.

Now, every afternoon, Hansen rides his e-bike and Rasmussen drives to their fence. They arrange their supplies on a concrete slab between them and sit across from each other. Rasmussen and Hansen’s dates are fairly typical: they talk, share food, sometimes toast with or Geele Köm, a spirit from the region. Everything is fairly normal — except that they cannot hug or kiss each other.

"It's sad, but we can't change it,” Rasmussen told DW.

Despite the hard times, the couple hopes they can be together for Easter on April 12. They are making plans to travel together once the pandemic is through.

They are not the only couple who has refused to let a global pandemic stop their love. In New York City, several couples were married on the street in unconventional ceremonies when the city’s marriage bureau shut down.