>Is your relationship with your partner even stronger now that you both had endured that much time for each other?
Certainly. After all we went through and the commitment displayed by both of us, we both have a lot of confidence in our relationship, even though you must never become complacent.
I think that if a relationship is not quickly killed off by distance, it can become more robust than the average normal relationship, simply because you need to invest so much in it that it becomes very important to you.
But I must say I would not go into a relationship if it will be long distance for ever. For me it was important to have the goal of living together, even if it takes a long time to get there. So don't think I'm saying that LDRs are better than normal ones ^_^