It is hard to move from one city to another, even harder to move to a different country. One of the positive things about this though, is that you tend to make friends wherever you go. Of course, it’s painfully hard to leave them behind when you move again. However, it’s easier these days to keep in touch thanks to the internet.
A good place to make new friends, if you are a trailing spouse with kids, is at your children’s school(s). One of the things I love most about my kids’ School is that it is international; the students hail from all around the globe and back! There are 70+ nationalities (and increasing) represented in my children’s current school. Just walking around in this cosmopolitan environment is like getting a lesson in history, geography and culture.
When I was new in town and trying to get to know people, I made a point of introducing myself to other parents waiting around at pick-up time at school and at various school events. Now, many of my friends are moms and dads at my kids’ school. Of course, like their children, they too come from all over the world.
Today, I decided to sit down and list which countries my friends hail from. Here’s what I came up with (in alphabetical order, and not necessarily in the order of closeness, especially as Wales is at the bottom ;))
Where do your friends come from? How many ‘countries’ have you befriended? And, yes, play fair. I said friends, not acquaintances 🙂
Australia Bangladesh Belgium
Brazil Bulgaria Canada
China Denmark England
Ethiopia Finland Gambia
Germany Greece India
Italy Japan Kenya
Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Lithuania
Nepal Netherlands Pakistan
Philippines Singapore Somalia
South Africa Spain Swaziland
Sweden Switzerland Thailand
And as promised, here’s the link to some maps to print off and color in – feel free to take a photo of your to post to our Facebook page!