Where are you from and where is your significant other from?
I’m from Edmonton and Adam is from Montreal.
Note: for those of you unfamiliar with Canada, we have two official languages, French and English. However, Western Canada is predominantly English-speaking which is where Tiffany is from and the province of Quebec where Adam is from is predominantly French-speaking.
Where and when did you meet your significant other?
We met in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where we were both vacationing with our own group of friends.
Who made the first move?
He did! He approached me and my friends and we ended up talking the rest of the night.
What was your first impression of him?
My first impression of him was that he must approach girls like this all the time, being from the party city of Canada and all. But the more we talked, the more I wanted to get to know him.
Where do you live now?
Up until a few months ago we were living together in Montreal. I still currently live in Montreal, but Adam’s moved away to Pittsburgh for school and now we’re in for another year and a half of long distance. A year and a half doesn’t sound like a long time and this time our distance is closer, but it still feels like we are a world apart.
Have you learnt each other’s languages?
Yes, I’ve had to take up learning French to move to Montreal. After half a year of long distance we decided to pick a city to end the long distance. Even though I only had junior high level French I thought I’d take on a university pharmacy law class at the Université de Montréal. 900 pages of half translating the textbook and half trying to memorize the pharmacy laws later, I miraculously passed the exam and got my temporary pharmacist license. After that I had to continue learning French and even though I can now converse in French, there is still a lot I need to learn.
Any advice to “mixed” culture couples or couples doing long-distance?
Long distance isn’t easy. I never imagined that we would have to do long-distance again. My best advice is to always communicate. Ever since he moved away, we’ve basically been on one continuous Skype call. We talk to each other every day and help each other study. We also try to do things together like watch shows and even go to our respective Starbucks at the same time for frappuccino happy hour. But most importantly, we try to see each other every couple of months. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy, but we help each other stay strong and both look forward to this long distance being done for good!
Submitted by Tiffany.
Vi auguro tante belle cose. xoxo
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