I found out last week that an old college friend, Sara had lost her battle against cancer. Today is her funeral and the some of the other girls from out course will be attending then seeing her off in style - it's what she would have wanted!
She was the older, wiser one in our little class of 10, with a big heart and always up for some fun, I know she'll be sorely missed.
When it comes to being an ex-pat, this is the hardest part, if money was no object, I would have jumped on a plan to see her off properly. As I would have done for all 3 of my grandparents when their time was up. For me, it's a weird state of being, although I know they have gone, I've never really said goodbye, I'm not sure if this is better or worse than attending their funeral and doing it that way - I have no way to compare.
But for now, it's farewell and i will be cracking open a beer and raising a toast to an old friend!