In late 2001, I had been interested in/dated this girl, Maria, who lives in Malta. That's not far if you just calculate the distance in a straight line - we used to meet in Valletta, but in practice it does take a good hours to get there by ferry and car or bus. I didn't go there just for her, though - I was taking Itaian lessons in Valletta and that's where I actually met her.
Was it serious? Unfortunately no. I was very interested in her but sadly, it wasn't as reciprocal and all she wanted from me was dating. It all got worse with the year 2002 when, after the Christmas holidays, she found herself a different boyfriend. But I'm over her now, last time I saw her in person was June 6th, and I sent her a text message for this Christmas to which she did reply but ignored my question of how she was. I'm not messaging her again! (And besides, I'm in love once again right now.)
It's scary but the last time I've been out on a date with someone was in 2001! I really should put that right...