thanks for the compliment ^_^ I have been told (by others) that I ramble on a lot about my own story of life so I am used to people telling me "OK we get the point!" But thanks for saying you enjoyed my story and it made you feel encouraged ^_^
I definitly think you two are on the right track ^_^ Actually her being forward might be a good thing..^_^ My girl is soo shy sometimes I have to pull her teeth out just to get her to tell me how she is feeling or something so hopefully you won't have that problem.
OK as far as couples rings go here is what I know. Have you heard of a promise ring for over here in the U.S? It supposidly means that when you give a promise ring to a girl your saying "I am going to ask you to marry me" Think of the couples ring as being a step below that. But it still means a lot.
The first thing I got from my girlfriend was a "Misanga" wich is like a friend ship band that you wear on your wrist. She made it for me and we have them over here. It was just to signafy friendship between us. Then I got info about the promise ring and Loved the idea. It basicly says "I have a Boyfriend/Girlfriend and I will always remain true to him/her and no one else" When I got her her's I bought two of them. One for me, one for her. It's a way for her to always feel me touching her hand and knowing that I Love her.
Needless to say it is pretty romantic. Diffrent girls take it diffrent ways thought. Kind of like saying to your girl "We are going steady, and I mean Really steady" If you give this to the girl you meet..she will think you are serious about your relationship and that you don't want to be with anyone else except her. So..it's serious..and not too serios of a statement. My J-girlfriend went head over heals when I gave her one. So..if your not to sure about the girl you'll see..you might want to wait on it..but if you are with her..and can tell how you feel and she feels for you..give her the ring..trust me she'll Love it..^_^
Oh crap I almost forgot. The ring is basicly just a silver band. Nothing more or less. The girls promise ring can be fancyier if you want, haveing a jewel or something in it. But you don't have to do that ^_^ and don't worry about spending money ^_^ If your like me it's hard enough just to fly and support yourself there so you can just go with the basics...I'm the kind of guy who likes to by my girlfriend nice things so..I did get her the simple band of silver..but I got her 14k white gold..^_^ But that dosn't really matter ^_^
Hmm..it does suck that she just wants to shake hands when you see her..if she is missing you as badly as you miss her..watch her body language..I guess it depends on how badly you are missing her. I mean are you missing her pretty badly too? If you are..and she misses you just as much..unless if she walks away in fear..hug her..^_^ I don't care what anyone else here says if you can just gently hug that girl that you care about ^_^ If you feel Love between you..she will like it and ease into your arms. I know it might be a little forward..if she feels bad after you do it apologize like crazy just tell her you missed her and that you love her. I did a few..very American things over there that weren't exactly aprovable by her or her family..most of them were mistakes so I always said I was sorry and all was forgiven ^_^ She knows you will mess up and if she likes you as much as you say all will be forgiven.
For me personally there was not question at all that I was going to hug my Girlfriend the moment I walked off that plane ^_^ Ohh it was great..^_^ She felt soo warm and soft in my arms..I nearly kissed her..but I behaved myself haha ^_^..god I do miss her though..anyways just feel the situation when you get there. If it's right, put your arms around her, rub her back with your hand, and don't let go unless she feels badly about it.
My instincts say..she will be Happy you did ^_^
Talk to yah later,