Tomorrow two of my closest friends will be coming to Kansas City one last time for a visit before we leave for Switzerland. We have all been friends since we were 12 years old (more than 20 years!). It will be great to see them and we are planning many girly-activities for the weekend. But it is mixed with some sadness that this is a "good-bye."
Yes, it is true that traveling between Europe and the United States is relatively easy. Multiple flight options make it very possible. GL Hubby will need to travel back and forth frequently for business trips, and I can certainly join him on some of them. In addition, e-mailing, blogging, telephone calls and the like will keep us in touch. The Internet Age has made the world seem smaller than it has ever been.
All the same, it is starting to become real that we will be moving very far away. And regardless of all the wonderful people we are likely to meet and the fabulous experiences we will have, there is still the acknowledgement that with that will come some homesickness tinged with the inevitable culture shock.