Updated: Oct 18, 2018
If you are an expat it feels that friends are like waves, they come and go. Typically they flood in by August and dry out by June the following year. We all dread June, when everyone is leaving not just for summer holidays but for annual turnover of old versus new. Very few friends are like an octopus and stick around. Bless those that have. Some are like el niño, they come around every odd year but they do with certainty.
In each of the countries we lived I am lucky enough to have found at least 1 or 2 friends that stuck through the nick of time. We may not talk every day, but if, we have a chance to catch up, it is like it was just yesterday. Then you know.
Some, I thought, I never see again. What are the odds that it is the third time we live in the same country as they do.
With some friends I was close through phases and periods of my life, but meeting them in a different environment made seem our friendship alien like, as if in a different time and space continuum.
If you live in your hometown chances are your circle of friends are a limited pool and little has changed throughout the years. Multiply this pool by infinite and welcome to the world of an expat. If you are an expat the world can be a small place and an ocean full of waves turns into a swimming pool!