The worst part about being an ex-pat is watching your friends come and go :(
The typical ex-pat contract is about 3 years. Some stay a little longer, some leave a little sooner, but 3 years is usually the magic time frame.
The joke is, when you meet someone new and ask how long they've lived here, if they answer anything more than 2 years, you say "Nice to meet you, good-bye". It's not usually that harsh, but it's kind of true. Most likely they'll be leaving soon and you don't want to get too attached! We are all in the same boat as ex-pats and understand that we won't be in one place forever, but we do form great friendships and it's so sad when it's time for someone to move on.
At some point it will be our turn to leave and say good-bye to our ex-pat community, but I do know that the friendships I've made here will last a lifetime! And I know that we'll always have a place to stay no matter where we travel to!
Here is a picture of Drew with his friend Naomi on their last day of school together. After 3 years, Naomi and her family will be heading back to the States! I'm sure we'll see them again soon, since hopefully we'll be living in the same country again (unlike most of our other friends)!