My now fiance and I met when we were 16. He was the foreign exchange student at my school in California. He is from Germany. The first time we met we actually argued..lol. But we became really good friends. A couple of weeks later we started dating. Our relationship was pretty rushed since we had only 9 months to get to know each other before he had to go back. When he went home, we used emails and phone calls once a week. As we grew more tech savvy we began using skype, webcams, and phone calls everyday. We have since been together 7 years. Together we have traveled to USA, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, France, Holland and Belgium. We got engaged during our 4th year of long distance. My fiance has gotten his visa approved and should be arriving at the end of october. After that we have 90 days to get married (the time given by the government). I would say we were pretty successful. We will be ending our long distance relationship and starting a new chapter :). I write this in hopes that it encourages all of you out there in long distance relationships. It is by no means easy, there is lots of work, patience, trust and understanding needed. But if both parties are committed, the work will be worth it. Dont let others discourage you, I always told my family and friends that relationship i have with my fiance is no different from others, except for distance. If anything we have grown much more closer mentally and emotionally than most couples that hang around each other all the time. If you have any questions feel free to ask :D.