So it is nearing the end of my ERASMUS and my friends have started to leave. This week I had to say goodbye to one of my friends and it was more difficult than I anticipated. I knew that my year abroad would come to an end and that I would have to say goodbye to all the new friends that I had made, but I didn’t expect it to be this soon or this hard. I thought that June will be the month of goodbyes, that when I leave, all my friends leave as well, that I wouldn’t be in Strasbourg without my Strasbourg family.
I know it is only one friend and that my other friends are still here, but in the next two weeks, three more of my friends will leave. It is so weird to imagine life without them when just eight months ago, I didn’t even know them. In just a short period of time, my new friends have become a permanent part of my life and I cannot imagine Strasbourg without them. Shiori, the friend that I had to say goodbye to on Thursday is back in Japan, and it still hasn’t sunk in that she is gone because it’s only been 2 days.
I guess that I need to start practicing saying goodbye. I’ve had such a wonderful time in Strasbourg because of the people that I’ve met. I’ve been blessed with people that I can not only call my friends but my family as well, my home away from home. And I definitely plan to see them again, so I guess it’s not goodbye that I should be saying but see you later.