One phone call, 25 years and five children later, they are married and still talking — and traveling — together.
We got to enjoy one dinner together before he was called to L. They made eggplant parmigiana and vegetarian lasagna, among other things, then enrolled together for a second cooking course (on soups). These days they're in each other's kitchen almost every night, cooking up a storm.
As a writing instructor, I had an ironclad rule (unarticulated, of course! An editor taking the course wrote some poignant essays about his son's wedding, becoming a grandfather and learning to live alone. Think about splitting the rental of a group ski lodge or beach house.
It's easy — or at least logical — to strike up a conversation with a seatmate; if nothing else, you've got your destination in common.
Or you might kick things off by talking about the book or magazine you are reading, or your impending (or just-concluded) vacation.
Talking with her was so natural that Bob felt like his ship had come in.