Hello! My name is Julia and I’m from Romania. I started to be an au pair with Expert AuPair on 1st of November 2019 in Wiliamsburg, Virginia. Everything was new for me and that that was scary for the beginning. I met my beautiful host family with 3 wonderful kids. They treated me so well as I was part of the family already.
Then, I googled a church near me, so I can be involved and meet new people. I couldn’t believe how people are in here. They are nice, helpful friendly people. When I was going in the park with the kids, everyone smiled on the streets and would talk to me when I sat down on the bench, for example. I started to go every Sunday at church. I loved the service and I wanted more. So, I started to be involved in the choir, to go on Wednesdays at Bible study and I have lots of friends now. Also, I found free English classes 10 minutes away walking from me. I really enjoying it. It’s amazing to have contact with different nationalities people and see how different is their culture than mine.
For the New Year’s Eve, I decided to visit my aunt for the holiday in Detroit, Michigan. She introduced me to a Romanian guy called Christopher. I came back in Virginia and since that day we are talking every single day. The beginning of a long distance relationship.
After two months we already like each other and can’t wait to see each other.
Thanks to the creativity of romance and the technology of the 21st century, it’s easier than ever to have cutest dates, plan sweet surprises and keep that spark alive no matter where you are in the world. Just because we are not physically together for the activities, doesn’t mean we cannot still partake them. We are video calling each other, taking matching pictures in different places, sending video messages, sending something handmade through postmail, sending a heartfelt card to show how much we care.
We are talking about our day, about our lives, pretty much about anything. I would say long distance relationship can only survive with excellent communication. We are doing similar things like reading the same book, watching a TV show/movie in the same time. This is good to create some shared experiences even though we are living apart.
Travel isn’t cheap these days. As often as possible, we planned our visits in advance and were flexible with the dates. We even set up flight alerts for low cost travel options in hopes of finding reasonable flights.
We decided to see each other in March. I’m so excited and nervous in the same time. Hope our relationship will last forever.
Having the hope of being together long term can help us ride out the toughest days of being apart from one another
Yes, the waiting can be painful and I feel sometimes lonely but I keep reminding myself that the fruits at the end will be sweet as heaven.