Long-dis­tance friends

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

Form­ing long-term re­la­tion­ships is def­i­nitely no easy task ( Find­ing friends in Beijing, July 9). Although it might be eas­ier to make friends in in­ter­na­tional me­trop­o­lises com­pared to small cities, the chances are that the friend­ships we develop with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries will still be dif­fi­cult to main­tain.

I stud­ied in Lon­don for sev­eral months. In such a won­der­ful in­ter­na­tional city where you can come across peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds, it is not hard to find one’s place among the di­verse groups, and I was soon ac­cepted as a part of the com­mu­nity.

Caitlin from Durham in­vited me to her friend Katy’s 21st birthday party where I made a bunch of young friends from the north­ern part of the UK. Suzune from Tokyo in­tro­duced me to the mem­bers of Ja­panese so­ci­ety, and I soon learned to make de­li­cious sushi. On week­ends, I went on trips to Ox­ford with Mar­ion from France and other stu­dents from dif­fer­ent univer­sity de­part­ments. We didn’t know each other be­fore, but the shared pas­sion for trav­el­ing brought us to­gether.

Those were some of the most fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ences in my life. How­ever, since I left the UK, I have felt a bit “dis­con­nected” from my friends there. Be­cause of the eight-hour time dif­fer­ence, we can’t find a proper time to chat on­line, and the dis­tance makes meet­ing up im­pos­si­ble. I’m not even sure if I’ll ever meet them in the fu­ture.

I think most of the friend­ships may fade. Per­haps all we can do is to ac­cept re­al­ity and feel blessed to have the few that re­main. Madeleine Chen, by e-mail

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