The longer I spend in this beautiful country, the more compelled I feel to write a blog post about this incredible feeling that I have that is growing more and more, each and every day. The feeling that I am referring to is the way that I feel about my incredible girlfriend, Marie. She is an incredible partner to have and I feel lucky to call her my girlfriend. Ever since I left for the Peace Corps, our relationship has only become stronger, more open, and more honest.
It is incredible for me, a person who used to despise talking on the telephone when I first met Marie, can now talk to her on the phone for hours and hours every night. Having this new dynamic of communication in our relationship is incredible. I feel connected to my partner on a daily basis and it feels amazing. It’s like we never missed a beat when I left. Technology has been a huge factor in allowing us to do this, and I am incredibly thankful that despite all of the DR’s developmental drawbacks, it does have an incredible infrastructure for communication. It has allowed Marie and I to be connected and have a very successful, very fulfilling long distance relationship.
This brings me on to my next point: I am falling more and more in love with this girl, each and every day! Marie has been an incredible partner and has done so much to help this relationship while I am abroad. They say that distance either brings you closer or pulls you apart. In our case, the distance has brought us closer together than we ever imagined! I feel so lucky and so thankful to have Marie in my life and I can’t imagine what this experience would be like if I didn’t have her to confide in and help me when I feel absolutely lost and deflated. I know I will be leaning on her more in the months to come as I begin to start development projects at my site. And in only two months and two days, Marie will be here in the DR to visit me for the first time, and I can’t wait! Its getting close and its going to be so much fun! I have been missing Marie so much and cannot wait to see her. In a lot of ways, I feel that the only thing I am missing in this experience is her! I am eagerly awaiting my love’s arrival and I know it will be an incredible two weeks when she is here with me!
In summary, The point of this post really is two fold: 1) to celebrate how awesome the level of connectivity there is here and 2) to celebrate how amazing my relationship with Marie is, how much better it gets each and every day, and that none if it would work out as well without this incredible level of connectivity. I love you Marie!