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Your name: mandellebrotte
Where are you from? We're both from Sydney, but I'm starting a Doctoral program in Chicago this Fall. So we're going to be across the Pacific for a while.
Your SO's name: Garth
Where are they from? Sydney
How long have you been together? 9 months
How did you meet? At work.

Have you met in person? When? Yes. We got together two weeks before I got accepted into grad school. It was supposed to be a bit of a casual thing, but about a month after that we realised it was very much not a casual thing and he said he would follow me over as soon as he could.

What's your favorite part about being in a transpacific relationship? Well, obviously I don't have the same cross-cultural isssues as other people, but I love the idea that I'm going to be able to explore the city and get to know it, so by the time he arrives I will be able to show him around my city! I don't love the idea that I'm going to have to find us an apartment with no credit rating in the States.

Plans for the future? He's going to start looking for a job, and hopefully he'll be over by Christmas. I really have no idea how long the whole process is going to take, but hopefully the E3 Visa class will make things easier! Absolutely the earliest he can come over, with work contracts and other constraints, is December. So, hopefully SDR soon. But we have to get through all the immigration/relocation hassles first.

Any pictures you'd like to share?

Isn't he gorgeous!? :-D



Sep. 1st, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
He is a good looking guy, yes. :)
Congratulations on starting your doctoral program! That's exciting! And Chicago's a beautiful city. I fell in love with it when I visited. Hopefully you will love it, too. :)
Check out craigslist.org for apartment listings. I would imagine that the Chicago area has lots of posts, and you may be able to find something that doesn't require a credit rating.
Definitely keep us updated on the process of him making it over here, too! We want to support you! (And ask questions about visas ourselves... ;)
Sep. 1st, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm really excited about the move, and I'll keep you posted about the visa process. Thanks for the craigslist tip too!


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