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Downside of being an Expat:Saying Bye Sucks!!! My story

Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 22. Aug 2013

I've been in China almost two years now. I just said bye a few days ago to half of a wonderful family that have been fellow-shipping with us in the same church and that I had began working closely with since I started my intern-ship this month; n last month to a few friends who were here for a one year course.. My friend Demi,who's still here was fine, holding it in,acting tough until one of the girls from her home country who she had grown really close to was leaving then came the waterworks...!:)
Thing is,as an expat you will meet hundreds of foreigners in whatever country you are currently situated;you'll make friends with people who,unless you were extremely outgoing you would have never made friends with if you were back home. We are all 'new-kids' so that common factor automatically brings people together. But when schools out at the end of the year or contracts' up or God-forbid u get kicked out of the country coz of visa hiccups;you cannot escape the sometimes dreaded "bye, stay in-touch" goodbye hug,handshake,hi-5,wave that u either give or get.
'Staying in-touch' well let's face it; its easier said than done and sometimes it's just a polite way of saying "yeah I know we have been friends since I came here and you are cool and all but you are probably soon going to be reduced to a story I tell my friends about 'this cool dude I met when I was in China'"
Sad but true. I can't say for sure that I will religiously keep in touch with all the friends I have made hear but I will surely try coz I have met some of the coolest people I know here..I even thought I was in love once but turned out to be a false alarm..haha

Anyhu I guess what am saying is it depends on the value you put on your friendships and how much you are willing to go to keep them....

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