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Jul 29, 2010

Farewell Friends

Relocating to a foreign country can be exciting. You get to travel to new places, learn different cultures, language customs etc.
It also can be overwhelming, isolating and make one homesick.
When we first arrived in Hong Kong we were blessed to have the Krohn family living 6 bus stops away. I remember when the kids met for the first time, Bethany said, I'm sorry, if your kids aren't familiar with Star Wars and Transformers- they will be.
It was at that moment I knew the kids would be good friends.
Bethany's knowledge of the area on shopping and where to buy stuff was so helpful in the beginning for me. But it wasn't just her sharing her information that helped me not to be overwhelmed, homesick or feel isolated, it was her warmth and welcoming me as a friend.
Not many people get to have someone from their home country to be friends with when living overseas let alone someone from the same area, with mutual friends. After a day of trying to communicate, trying to find clothes, food, household items that were so easy to find at home-that have become like a scavenger hunt- there is great comfort in picking up the phone or stopping by and sharing these experiences with someone who understands exactly how you feel.
16 months has come and gone very quickly and in that time it has seems we have been friends for years.
Thank you Jason, Bethany, Abigail, Isaiah and Sammy for making us a part of your life. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Kam Sheung Road from outypants on Vimeo.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail from outypants on Vimeo.

A Wedding from outypants on Vimeo.

Jane singing from outypants on Vimeo.

party time from outypants on Vimeo.

1 comment:

reneelharvey said...

Lovely post, Sarah.