Saturday, April 16, 2011

(Still) Sick of Goodbyes

I think it's time to dedicate another post to saying goodbye to people. Being an expat means that I am constantly having to say goodbye to friends and try to make new ones. I wrote my first Sick of Goodbyes post only about a month after my arrival. Since then, many people have come and gone, but I'd like to highlight a few.

I met Jenny my 2nd day in Buenos Aires. She was a fellow Au Pair and we seemed to click as soon as we met, even if she and I occasionally had trouble understanding each other's accents/slang. Turns out US Midwesterners rarely meet Northern Irish girls. We spent a couple months discussing playing Squash before she and I created Squash Wednesdays, a day dedicated to playing Squash and going out for lunch. Jenny left in December, we said goodbye as she climbed into a taxi. Very cliche, but sad all the same.
Jenny and I, so different but an excellent duo

Sara saved me from a painfully boring conversation at a yoga event. After she rescued me from a over the top hippie couple, we bonded over the fact that we had both brought our dogs with us from the US. We spent a lot of time walking our culture-shocked puppies together. She left just a few weeks ago and I still haven't quite adjusted to Buenos Aires without her.
Sara and I at the LCD Soundsystem concert

Phil and I met in Boot Camp class. We quickly realized that we motivated the other by being slightly competitive. He kicked my ass in arms, I came out ahead in legs. He's been one of my key male-friends, reminding me that life in Argentina does not mean I cannot have a conversation with a guy who isn't trying to sleep with me. He'll be leaving Monday and he will be missed!

Nina and I also met in Boot Camp class. We are boot camp regulars and live only a few blocks away from each other, so between classes and our night runs together, we see each other almost every day. She is also my fabulous hair stylist. Nina will be going back to Sweden at the end of May and I will be very sad to lose a friend, running partner and the best hair stylist I've ever had!

Nina showing off her work when she cut Phil, Jenny and I's hair

I wish everyone would stop leaving! I also wish I could visit my friends back home. I miss you all!


  1. nina's gone???? im still here!!!

  2. Nina doesn't leave til the end of May, but I included her early!

  3. No leí todas las notas, dado que son las 2.32 am y entré al blog de casualidad! ¿Hasta cuándo te quedás por acá?

  4. Wow! That is a lot of good-byes.
    I hope you are able to stay in close touch with those friends and that you also get to meet some wonderful new people!

  5. Pardon my ignorance, but what is a Boot Camp class??


  6. How is one supposed to pronnounce Rease, for a Spanish speaker? Riis?