DESPITE being thousands of miles away, MatadorU student, Tom Boyden, was determined to show his affection for his girlfriend during his seven week trip through Africa and Europe.

“I had never done the long distance thing and I’m not the biggest fan of Skype, so I decided to communicate with Natalie in as many ways as I could fit into my crazy trip through 6 countries. I was traveling solo and filmed all of it on a tripod. Sometimes the footage didn’t always work out as planned…When she saw it on her birthday she had no idea I had been making it. She was pretty ecstatic when I talked to her on the phone.”

“I loved the responses I got from folks after I’d tell them the idea of it. Apparently, I’m a romantic.”