The advent of summer (hopefully – fingers crossed!) brings with it many mixed feelings for Expats (both long-term and short-term), because this time of year also brings with it many an end of contract. Many find themselves packing up and moving on to pastures new (or indeed back home!), whilst others find themselves bereft at the thought of friends moving on, and quite often, at the thought of being left behind.
I wrote about this very thing at this exact point last year, when a good few friends left, and described how it can feel. Never think an Expat is prone to exaggeration when they tell you that friends can become family when you live abroad – it’s honestly true, and saying goodbye can be just as heartbreaking as it can be to saying goodbye to those you are related to.
Thanks to those that left links to Expat Post last month – MamaDuckQuacks ponders the question – what makes an Expat Brat (which sadly I couldn’t read as the site referenced was down – but fear not, I shall return to find out!) Pasta & Patchwork asks that most thought-provoking of Expat Questions – What Makes Home, Home? A post in which she thinks about this question deeply, and combines it with some pretty stunning photographs of her current home, Milan; and A Californian Mum in London vlogs about The Accent of an Expat.
Don’t forget to leave any recent links you have below people!
A few more Expat posts that have caught my eye this past month. Pop over to Out and About Europe – a friend of mine here about to embark on pastures new of her own do let her know if you have any name change ideas. Me, Myself and Atlanta explores the BeltLine of her gorgeous host State; and I loved Selena’s (from Oh the Places We Will Go) post on her visit to Horningsea in the UK.
Good luck to those of you moving on in the next few weeks and to those left behind, just think about that “quilt”!