They spent hours each day talking and getting to know one another.During their second date, the couple said, ‘I love you’, while on their fourth, decided to move in.
‘I remember being so nervous before actually meeting Mark in the flesh.
I kept thinking, “we better like each other – we have a trip to Iceland booked in a few weeks.” ‘But we had such an amazing time.’ While discussing their future, Mark and Leah decided to tell each other how they felt.
On the back of every pub toilet door (and believe me, I spend a lot of time in pub toilets) there seems to be a flyer for their 4th of July piss-up.
Whether a sign of creeping cultural imperialism or just an excuse to get bladdered on Bud Light and eat undercooked hotdogs, I'm unsure.
‘At every stage, I would ask myself “what’s the worst that could happen, that I get ghosted by someone on the other side of the world?
” ‘We love reflecting on our story and it goes to show that you aren’t always going to find love with the people right next to you.
The 29-year-old, who works as a global operations manager, swiped right on Mark who was travelling to France at the time.
Mark, a 30-year-old from Bedfordshire, who works as a surveyor, said the geographical distance was a help, not a hindrance in their relationship.
Two more trips followed – one to Mexico, where their families met for the first time, with Leah moving to England permanently two weeks later – and one to Brussels for a romantic weekend to celebrate one year as a couple.
‘We had a big spreadsheet weighing up all the pros and cons, and even considered going out to China to earn a living teaching English.
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