Mike and Aziza Update
TLC.com asked Mike and Aziza some questions about the first year of marriage. They open up about their daily lives and explain what they have in store for the future in this exclusive interview.
Q: What is the most surprising thing you've learned about your spouse now that you're married and living together?
A: Mike is a very good cook and can do a lot of home duties better than a woman. Aziza is great at being a wife -- she makes awesome meals and makes me feel loved every day. She's always excited to see me when I get home from work, and it's awesome coming home to such an amazing woman.
Q: Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where?
A: Yes, we went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Q: Aziza, what is a typical day like for you?
A: Since I don't have a job yet, I have to stay at home and be a housewife.
Q: Another question for Aziza. Now that you're married, will you be able to travel back home to see your family? Or will they come visit you?
A: Since their visa was denied for the wedding, we're hoping to meet them in Europe. If Europe doesn't work out, we're going back to Volgograd so Mike can meet my parents.
Q: Mike, do you still get questions about green cards or mail order brides? How do you deal with this kind of criticism?
A: Anyone who's actually met Aziza and me know right away that things between us are genuine.
Q: What are your goals for the first year of marriage?
A: Aziza is trying to find a job. Eventually, she'd like to finish school. We've talked about possibly finding a new house with a bigger yard so the dogs have room to play.
Q: Where do you see yourselves in five years?
A: Still happily married, with two kids and the means to visit Aziza's family as much as possible.
Q: What advice would you give to other couples who are applying for K-1 visas and planning weddings in 90 days?
A: You need to have a lot of patience. Support each other no matter what, and try to get everything lined up for the wedding as quickly as possible. Make sure that there's time to actually enjoy the wedding.
Q: Aziza, what has been the biggest cultural adjustment you've made now that you're living in the U.S.?
A: The food is very different, and it's been difficult finding things I like. I'm still getting used to all of the traditions.
Q: What final piece of advice would you give other couples for their first year of marriage?
A: Only being four months in, we would say that the most important thing is to never stop letting each other know how much you care. Communication is very important as well.