Hearts Without Borders – Our International Long-Distance Relationships

distance relationships

The hosts introduce themselves and share the stories behind their long-distance relationships, Joe and Anneke recount their big life accomplishment, everyone’s top five favorite fast food restaurant lists, and Rachel wants to define what a “fuckboi” is – THIS WEEK on Hearts Without Borders!


  • (1:05) – Show Premise
  • (8:23) – Host Introductions and How We Met
    • Peter (Michigan) and Rachel (moved from England)
    • Anneke (Alberta, Canada) and Joe (Kansas)
  • (28:22) – Joe and Anneke’s Big Life Accomplishment
    • The setup
    • The moment
  • (42:09) – Top 5 Favorite (Fast) Food Restaurants
    • Peter: Arby’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Five Guys/In-N-Out
    • Rachel: Starbucks, Panda Express, Qdoba, Wendy’s, Taco Bell
    • Anneke: Subway, Boston Pizza, Kinjo, Goro+Gun, The Highwood
    • Joe: Sonic, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Chipotle
  • (1:08:20) – Mailbag
    • Rachel: “What is a ‘fuckboi’?”
  • (1:12:03) – Easter Egg
    • Anakin speaking

distance relationships

Hearts Without Borders is the podcast about international long-distance relationships and friendships. As Peter and Rachel have been married since 2015 after an England-to-America immigration, Joe and Anneke begin their own USA-Canada process. Together, the foursome discusses the highs and lows of LDRs, what happened in their weeks, and any other topic they can think of. You can follow the show on social media @hwbpod and ask questions or other forms of contact at hwbpod(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

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Peter Spezia

Editor-in-Chief at Rhymes With Asia
Speaking into a microphone about nerd culture is a passion project for Peter Spezia, formerly known as SMYNYouko. Peter has been an Internet broadcaster since 2007, with past shows including Show Me Your News and WTF, Pokémon. His latest ventures include hosting The PowerSwitch - gaming's call-in talk radio show - and writing for RhymesWithAsia.com. A University of Michigan alum, Peter lives in the Great Lakes State with his wife Rachel as he works in video production for FCA US LLC. When he isn't keeping track of the latest video game industry news, Peter is either playing the guitar or staying fit.