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Couples that meet on The Bachelor have to instantly become pros at long-distance dating, as Kansas City-based Nikki Ferrell and Miami’s own Juan Pablo Galavis are learning. So they may want to borrow a few tips from Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, who had some quirky techniques for keeping those embers aflame.

Chris writes in Des’s blog that it wasn’t easy for them to not only keep their relationship a secret but also be hundreds of miles away from one another after their season finished filming. But one pointer Chris offers is to cook together — thanks to the magic of Facetime. “Des and I would go to the grocery store together, pick out the same ingredients, then go back home and set up the camera and start cooking,” he says.

He also recommends writing letters by hand and to “always be thinking” about your partner. Frankly, it’s no big surprise that eternally romantic Chris would suggest sending love letters via snail mail, considering he wrote Des letters on the reg. We also think that simultaneously cooking with someone is a sweet idea and a good way to bond. So we wonder if Nikki and Juan Pablo will borrow any of Siegsock’s techniques.

But we have a question for you, Chris: Does ordering the same kind of pizza as your long-distance partner count as cooking together? Because that’s more our speed.

What do you think of Chris and Des’s strategies?

Source: Desiree Hartsock’s Blog