The life of an expat can seem exciting if you’re not an expat. Living in a country that’s not your home country and experiencing “the life”. There’s a few things you’re not taught about expat life though, and one of those is something I learnt last week.
Anish and I have begun to make friends. We’ve got a great group to hang out with thanks to /r/Bahrain and friends from work. A mixed bag of expats and Bahrainis. The expat population in Bahrain is mostly transient. People will come here and work for a few years and then move on. Bahrain also feels like the kind of place that attracts the kind of expat who’s more likely to just move on after an amount of time.
And that’s exactly what’s happening now. Little by little, people are beginning to move on. And it’s got me a little sad. I know that’s life. Especially when you’re living abroad and you have a bunch of friends who’ve also come here from abroad. But it still sucks.
I’m torn between being incredibly happy for some close friends I’ve made here who are now getting on and moving on. To being sad to see them go. That’s life, though eh?