Six weeks apart

posted 3 years ago in Long Distance Relationships
Post # 3
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Maybe make it a thing to send each other care pakages every week? 

I once had to be away from FI for 2 weeks and we were lucky to skype and text, but man it was so hard and sad!  Hang in there sweetie.

Post # 5
306 posts
Helper bee

I would say don’t think about the care package. The mail system is Guatemala is not really the best. You’ll be back by the time he gets anything, and that’s if they are not “lost” in the system. Maybe you’ll get lucky and there will be a cafe nearby with free wifi. That’s what happened to me! Your mileage may vary, but it’s going to be so exciting to be out of the country that it will fly right by and before you know it you will be back home.

Post # 8
306 posts
Helper bee

@Laurenplusalex:  I travelled/lived in Central America for 8 months a few years back. I think all told I was in Guatemala for about a month. I was all over the place, but I didn’t spend much time in Guatemala City because people cautioned me against it. I was mostly on the east coast around Puerto Barrios and Livingston, and then Tikal and the border with Belize. I liked Tikal so much my friend came out to visit and then I went back and took him there from Belize. I also spent a week or two in the highlands region around Lake Atitlan. Mostly touristyb stuff, I guess. Some of the bus rides were SO LONG because they stop at nearly every intersection, then for every person on the side of the road. I will always remember Guatemala as the place when I first saw a chicken on a bus, and it was a luxury service, too!

I’m not trying to minimize what you’re going through at all, just trying to provide some happy support. I was in Mozambique for a month last summer and didn’t really miss my SO that much, because I was having so much fun. There was limited internet but I bought a small dongle on it to connect to satellite internet. It was a bit slow, but so awesome that I had working internet at a place not even on a map.

Post # 10
306 posts
Helper bee

@Laurenplusalex:  Oh, haha! That makes sense. Mine got pretty lonely. Internet cafes offer cheap international calls over the internet. I’m sure there are a lot more options than when I was there in 2007. Take lots of pictures of yourself at interestined places, and hold up signs saying “I love you” or “Wish you were here”.

Post # 11
1107 posts
Bumble bee

My SO and I were separated for a month when he was in the Philippines, which you can imagine was pretty strapped for internet. Phone calls were out of the question, but the e-mails we exchanged helped a lot.

What I suggest is sending an e-mail every chance you get and filling it with things you did that day, and include pictures if you can! I checked my e-mail all the time and the second I got one from him it totally made my day. 

Post # 12
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m doing something similar.  My boyfriend works in the tug industry and works for 2 weeks straight and then come homes for 2 weeks up north, but this summer is my second summer in a grad program, and I’m gone for 7 weeks this summer in Buenos Aires.  If you can get mail it’s always nice to get actual mail-it’s gone by the wayside and it’s so fun to be able to open a letter from a loved one!  If there’s an internet cafe hopefully you can skype with him as that’s free, but phone calls are pretty expensive, and international calling cards can be a pain.

You can also email every few days with updates of what you’ve been up to.

I got lucky in that I didn’t bring my cell phone down here, but my phone and my computer are synced since I have an iphone and a Mac-and so I can still send him text messages from my phone so that’s pretty cool as well.  Good luck, we’ll both get through it!

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