In # 1 of this series, I presented the questions.
# 2 profiled Kay and Todd from Japan and the USA
# 3 profiles Vibek and Spencer from Norway and Gibralter
#4 profiles Lobot and Mrs. Lobot from the USA and France
#5 profiles Anna and Dr. Trouble from Poland and Japan
#6 profiles Denise and her guy from Malta and Hungary
#7 Profiles Joe and his wife from Canada and Turkey
1) Your names
Joe and Joe’s Wife
2) Your blog
3) Your nationality
4) Spouses nationality
TURKISH and CANADIAN
5) Where do you live now? Do you live with your spouse?
We live together in Istanbul, Turkey.
6) Amount of time married
7) How did you meet?
We were introduced to each other at a comedy show in Toronto
8) What was the biggest impediment to getting married?
I can’t really think of one.
9) Where did you get married?
10) What was your marriage ceremony like?
Best day of my life.
11) How is the relationship with your in-laws?
It’s great. They are extremely caring and supportive.
12) What about your spouses with your family?
They love her.
13) What was your biggest cultural misunderstanding?
Sometimes I mistake her passion for anger.
14) Can you tell a funny story about a cultural mishap?
We attended at a relatives funeral and the ritual of her cultures faith is different than mine. I messed up a couple of the movements. I think it lightened the mood.
15) Have you traveled with your spouse?
Yes, we have travelled the world together for one straight year (May 2008-May 2010) and we are always planning and executing future getaways.
16) If so, has it been challenging? Why?
Absolutely, being on the road with the same person for 365 days is challenging. Me: “So what are you doing today, honey?”… Wife: “Same as you”. I think we were up to the challenge though. There is a saying… “Company is like fish. They both start to smell after 3 days”.
17) If not, why not?
18) Do you have children? If so, what is that like, internationally
19) If you don’t have children, why not? Do you plan to?
Yes, we plan to have kids.
20) What is the best and the worst thing about international marriage?
The best thing… for me it is as if my life became twice as abundant and even more full. The worst… not having the language mastered makes it difficult to communicate 100% with her friends and family who do not speak English.