Swiss love blossomed from Iceland volcanic ash

A couple in Switzerland, Marcel and Lynali Keller, found love because of the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption in Iceland last year.

“For many others, the ash fall from the glacier was a great distress, but it turned out to be a blessing for us,” says Lynali Keller from the Philippines. She and her husband visited Iceland this week on a special pilgrimage and told their story to DV.

Lynali and Marcel Keller, from Switzerland, visited Iceland to visit the distant place which changed both their lives forever: Eyjafjallajokull.

The couple met by chance when they both intended to take photographs of the sunset in Zurich, on an evening when it was predicted to be uniquely beautiful due to the volcanic ash in the atmosphere. “The newspaper said that the sunset would be magnificent in the ash; dramatic colours and a photographer’s dream. I didn’t know anything about that and just wanted to take pictures of the sunset [anyway]. I walked up this hill and there was a group of people gathered there,” Lynali told DV, who then decided late to try and photograph the spectacle. “Unfortunately I didn’t get and good pictures, but Marcel was still there and had taken photos. I waited there for a while and he found me and we started talking,” she says. “He asked if I’d got any pictures of it and I said, ‘no, I missed it; I should have got here sooner.'”

The two amateur photographers got chatting and ended up keeping in contact. They regularly talked about photography, went on a date and ended up as a couple…

Nearly a year-and-a-half later they arrived in Iceland to see where it all began.

(Photo: DV.is // Sigtryggur Ari)

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