[I, on the other hand, rang the police.] He also knows how to dismantle an AK47 in under a minute, though I admit this hasn’t come in handy yet.6] The accent They say that the French language is the most beautiful in the world. English spoken with a French accent sounds like a cat trying to talk through dental braces. Yes, he does always sound like he has just woken up, but his accent will always make me go weak at the knees.

I have often thought about the advantages and disadvantages of marrying a man from the Balkans as opposed to a man from the UK, and though perhaps my husband is not a typical Balkan man, if there is such a thing, there have certainly been aspects of our marriage that have been shaped by his Macedonian-ness. My husband, horrified by my skimpy jumpers that left an inch of bare skin exposed on my lower back, taught me to tuck my vest into knickers in a way I had abandoned since the age of 8.

Here is a guide to the most positive of those influences: 1] You learn to dress warmly and discover the deadly influence of the draught On my first trip to Skopje I was taken by my new husband to the underwear shop. I haven’t quite got used to this practice, but have to concede in really cold climates it is probably a must.

This summer we are going on holiday with my husband’s family.

It is an ongoing adaptation for me, but a good one.

I think he is tougher than his English counterparts, who wouldn’t know what to do if they had to put a tent up in the rain, or drive across Serbia without getting killed by mad bus drivers overtaking on a bend, or if a burglar broke into the house.

Two men tried to climb in our bedroom window a few years ago.As midnight passed on New Year’s Eve and 2010 began, I looked at my husband sitting beside me, thought about our two children sleeping upstairs and realised that we’d been married for the best part of a decade, and that we’re still speaking to each other.As I am English and he is Macedonian I felt that this achievement was perhaps even greater than usual, having had cultural barriers to cross and linguistic misunderstandings to clear up, not to mention having only one grandparent, my father, in England where we live, to help with that elusive pot of gold, free childcare.At this age guys already know many things about relationships, their experience in dating gives them confidence in communication with their partners, they are meeting a lot of new people and making friends. Due to the age, their characters are almost formed. They also now know that World War II was won by the Russians, not the British, and all about Operation Barbarossa.