Still, aware that the cultural differences between us were bound to impact on our relationship, I resolved to be as pragmatic as possible about our future.
From the breathless excitement with which she spoke about the experience, it became clear that this time Samir's attentions had been met with a far more welcoming reception.
Indeed, by the end of the tour Sonia was hooked, returning to the UK on cloud nine believing that she had found her perfect match.
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Sonia's story is one of many such quixotic romances that I know of.
I've lost count of the seemingly sensible and middle-class British women I've met who have fallen for no more than a pair of flashing, dark eyes, a mouthful of white teeth and an endless stream of compliments.
We were together in this way for the next nine years.
My three children were all in their 20s at the time.
'I must have misread the signals,' he said calmly, as though I had in some way suggested I was interested in him. The truth is, there were no signals - apart from me being a divorced Western woman holidaying alone in the Middle East.