Mike and I took our circumstances as a great opportunity to travel and met up with each other around the world.
After meeting initially in August 2010, we went to Scotland for that Christmas and spent the New Year touring London, Amsterdam and Paris.
Mike had gone online, found a florist in my area and ordered them to be delivered…from America!
– to which my mother’s reaction when I got home that evening was; Over the months there were a constant string of romantic emails, chocolates, mixed CD’s, letters, and even pizza!!
I spent Christmas and New Years in America with him (where he proposed again…to be funny…on the big screen at Madison Square Gardens during a New York Rangers Game), and he moved to Australia on a 12 month work/travel visa in May of 2012.We have a pretty incredible story – so I’m told – which included pulling off one of the greatest long distance relationships ever, being almost 15,000 kilometers apart. Before we knew it we had spent hours talking to each other and laughing together, and found ourselves sitting beneath a starry African sky in the early AM hours.Dinner had turned into breakfast and we forced ourselves to say goodbye before heading towards separate flights. If you truly want something to work, and you put everything you have into it, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.So in summary, take it from me – long distance relationships work if you want them to.We have had a pretty crazy, whirlwind relationship – but it’s worked for us, and it had to be whirlwind because of our situation.I tasted delicious pho for the first time, experienced 15p bia hoi and witnessed the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam during my two-week itinerary.Time was tight but I wanted to see as much as possible, without seeing too much and spending all my time worrying about my next sleep and how I was going to get there.We both worked 2 jobs to pay for all of our travel; 16 hour days, in my case while at the same time studying Journalism and Law full time at university and still maintaining a pretty impressive social life.If I had a dollar for every time someone told me my relationship was doomed I would be set for life.It might sound horribly corny, and you may now wish to throw up, but seriously – don’t underestimate the power of being sickly sweet!!Surprisingly, it does actually help when you consistently catch up with the person.