Russ and Paola Update
TLC.com asked Russ and Paola 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: Our moods and motivation for the day ahead directly correlate with how we finished the previous day. Our interests are more similar than we first anticipated. Being around each other is great, but giving each other some space is just as important.
Q: Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where?
A: No, but we're making plans to visit Las Vegas.
Q: Paola, what is a typical day like for you?
A: I wake up, cook breakfast, go to the gym, cook lunch, keep the house in order, and spoil my husband.
Q: Another question for Paola. Now that you're married, will you be able to travel back home to see your family? Or will they come visit you?
A: I haven't been given a green card and am waiting on an interview with the consulate. The attorney has recommended to not travel until that has happened. Then, we'd like to travel to Colombia in December for the holidays and possibly have a wedding with my side of the family.
Q: Russ, do you still get questions about green cards or mail order brides? How do you deal with this kind of criticism?
A: Not among friends or direct peers. I'm noticing them in interviews we participate in, but our story tells enough to prevent this line of questioning.
Q: What are your goals for the first year of marriage?
A: We have already found a new home near Russ' new job. We'd also like to find a job for Pao, and possibly get her enrolled in English classes. We want to build Pao's company in Colombia and extend it to the United States. [Ed. note: Paola produces and sells shoes.] We'd also like to find Pao a car now that she has her Oklahoma driver's license. Additionally, we want to travel and take our honeymoon. (VEGAS, BABY!) It's important to show Pao all parts of the United States -- the big cities, mountains, oceans and more.
Q: Where do you see yourselves in five years?
A: We'd like to be successful in our careers, and Pao would like to be selling shoes internationally at this point. Kids aren't in the picture at this time.
Q: What advice would you give to other couples who are applying for K-1 visas and planning weddings in 90 days?
A: Make sure it's true love and commit to being patient with and believing in each other. We are a prime example of a true love story, so make sure love is the reason you are applying for the K-1 visa and that your motives aren't about personal gains.
Q: Paola, what has been the biggest cultural adjustment you've made now that you're living in the U.S.?
A: I've adjusted to being here without close friends or family to share my feelings and emotions. The language barrier causes many issues for my communication with Russ and everyone else around me. It's also difficult to start a career in the United States, even though I had one in Colombia.
Q: What final piece of advice would you give other couples for their first year of marriage?
A: Give each other space. Be patient with each other. Always be willing to help, no matter how you feel. It's about making the other person happy, not yourself.