|Aussie (other side of the country though!) and German friends in Heilbronn|
I have to admit that in the second half of my two years in Japan, I started to avoid making close friendships with fellow ex-pat teachers - because I got sick of being sad when they left. Of course, this just left me absolutely distraught when I had to leave all my Japanese friends, so I'm not sure I gained anything, but at least it all came at once!
|My first Japanese teacher in Japan, Midori|
Have you ever got a bit lazy about returning an email or sending a birthday message to one of these friends? I sure have. I often make resolutions to myself to stay in touch better with some of my best friends abroad, but it doesn't always work. However, since starting to write this post I have already sent a quick text message to a much beloved friend in the eastern states (of Australia, that is!), and am going to go and look up my old Japanese teacher's email address. And I'd encourage you to go off and do something similar, okay?!