Our expert says:
Long-distance relationships are never easy, and as expats, you may both lack the usual buffers of family and long-term friends that might otherwise help.
But it sounds as though part of the problem here might be a very modern problem of unrealistic expectations. because it is potentially so easy to contact each other, ( cellphone, skype, SMS, e-mail, etc ), we tend to expect very frequent contacts, even though the other person may be termionally jet-lagged, very busy with a crucial phase of their work, indeed might have many different reasons for simply not being free to make frequent contacts.
In the Old Days, not all that long ago, the best you had were very expensive long-distance landline calls, usually saved for dire emergencies, and waiting a week or more for an airmail letter. And if it was a month or two before you heard from them, you didn't worry unduly.
Presumably he goes to this distant place with a lot of work to do - why would he want to complicate his life by rushing into another relationship with anyone else ?
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