Sunday, February 23, 2020

A LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP PART THREE

368 days later and Peter and I have finished our long-distance relationship and honestly it couldn’t have come sooner! Unfortunately, the romantic airport reunion we had in mind had to be cancelled. During my last few weeks away, China saw the outbreak of a new and deadly virus which has sadly taken away so many lives. The epicentre of this virus was about 1,000 km east of Chengdu but quickly spread to my city, meaning when I arrived in London, I had to quarantine myself for 2 weeks while I waited for the virus incubation period to be over. 



But luckily, we were able to be reunited a day before Valentine’s Day! It was a long-awaited reunion that we had been counting down to for a year. (It was also wonderful to finally celebrate Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend as last year I was in China, and the year before that I was in Greece)! We wanted the last part of this mini blog series to say what we learnt during the year we were away from each other and to give any advice we might have to any couples about to embark on a long-distance relationship. (If you want to read the rest of this mini blog series, this is part one and this is part two).


Bobbi – It is such a relief to know that I am no longer so far away from Peter! Constantly counting down the days until I could see him again was driving me a slightly insane; it honestly felt like it would never end. Despite the social media blocks in China, we managed to talk every day we were away from each other, an achievement in itself, especially given the 8-hour time difference and how busy we both were! Having someone who was supportive of my decision to move away from home for a year was wonderful, and I am grateful that we had no problems in the 12 months I was away from home. 

I think ultimately, being away from each other for so long has made us a much stronger couple. We have learnt patience and we definitely won't be taking each other's company for granted ever again; I’m glad we were able to get through it as easily as we did! Having said that, we won’t be doing it again any time soon! Now we are looking forward to doing some travelling together and to hopefully move into house number 3 before the end of the year!


Peter – I am just so glad that Bobbi is finally home! The last 6 or so months have been very long, and it didn’t feel like she was actually going to be coming home in the last week of her being in China. The thing that Bobbi hasn’t mentioned is that we got to chat so much in those last two weeks she was in China because she really messed up her sleeping pattern! Waking up at midday and sleeping at midnight – what a life she had!

Despite all the trouble at the end of her year, I’m glad that she got to experience teaching and living in a different country. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to, so I am immensely proud of her for doing it. I know how difficult it was for me with her living away from me for so long, so I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her living in a country where she has a rough understanding of the language, with no family or friends there from the start. She should be incredibly proud of herself; I know that I am proud of her.  


These posts that Peter and I have written together are some of the most viewed posts on my blog, so we are happy to see so many people are interested in our journey as a couple! If you guys are interested in hearing more from Peter on my blog, then please let me know!

Hope we have been able to help someone! 

B & P xx 
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4 comments

  1. Well done on having this long distance relationship come to an end. I have experienced this many times being a military spouse, 8months at a time every 2 years has been challenging but also builds a strong base. Thankfully we have also come to an end with this. Good luck with your future.

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    1. Wow that sounds very challenging! Glad you are getting through it okay and thank you for reading my post! x

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  2. This is a really lovely post and so nice to read from both perspectives. It sounds like the experience has made you a stronger as a couple and it's wonderful you are now re-united with lots of exciting plans for the future :) Wishing you both all the best, thank you for sharing! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment on my blog! Yes we certainly feel much stronger as a couple xx

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