Woman’s search for stranger on train

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 September 2015

Marianne Bovet.

Marianne Bovet.


A WOMAN who fell in love with a stranger on a train four decades ago is hoping he may still be in Weston-super-Mare.

Marianne Bovet, aged 59, from Switzerland met a man she knows only as Sam on a train journey from Weston to London 40 years ago.

She was studying English at Cambridge University and was travelling to spend some time visiting galleries.

She said: “After we met we had long phone conversations between Cambridge and Weston.

“I remember sitting on the staircase in Gilbert Road, Cambridge, and my landlady would come out of the living room and ask if I was still on the phone.

“One day I was complaining about not receiving any mail and he sent me about 20 envelopes, one of them containing A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin, a wonderful book about the search for oneself.”

But the pair lost touch when Marianne returned to Switzerland. She said: “I went back to Geneva and was very busy trying to find a profession.

“I tried many things before achieving a one-year secretary school, and then started to work for temporary agencies, in order to be able to travel when I felt like it.”

Marianne has since travelled the world, visiting Bali, Australia, Greece and India but Weston, and Sam, always stayed on her mind.

She said: “I have travelled a lot, learned many different languages in search of the perfect love I never found.

“I never had the opportunity to tell Sam I had fallen in love with him, and now I have no clue of his address, even his complete name, and I’m wondering whether he still lives at Weston.

“I am very keen on getting in touch with this very old friend, who I never forgot.”

If you remember Marianne or think you may know Sam, email briana.millett@archant.co.uk or call 01934 422500.

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