As some of you may know, I am currently on my year abroad in Germany as part of my university course. From my introductory course at the beginning of my time here, I had the chance to meet so many new people and make lots of new friends. This can often be hard when moving to a new country, or in fact, just moving homes or schools. It is almost like starting a new life and it can be daunting at first and feel quite lonely. I knew that when I moved to Germany I should be open and friendly and, as everyone says, “say yes to everything”! This is certainly what I have done since moving here and I have made some great friends along the way.
Next week a friend of mine is moving to Spain for the next part of her year abroad as she studies both Spanish and German. I am envious of the weather she will experience in Spain and that she will be living near a beach and have a lot of fun but I also feel for her as she will have to start a new life in another new country. I feel as though, after six months, I now live in Germany rather than just being here for a long visit. I know in my last few months in Germany I will feel a lot more relaxed and at home.
My group of friends and I had a surprise party to say goodbye to our friend leaving for Spain. We made her a scrapbook with photos and memories of her time here so that she could take it with her and so that she wouldn’t forget us! We hope that she has a wonderful time and that she will make lots of new friends and settle into her new home.
Have you ever had to say goodbye to a friend? Do you think it's easy to stay in contact with friends?