Her long term friendships are important to us, so along with her education and our family bonding fun, we've designed our travel so she could have these long term close friends as well as the many casual friends that we meet for shorter time periods on our travels.
The top photo is of her with an old friend from California that lives in southern California, so she doesn't see her too often, but they've always had a great connection starting in babyhood. We've got photos and home movies of them together as babies, toddlers, preschoolers and young school age before we left. I wasn't sure what would happen with this meeting, but it was as if they had never been apart.
Her best friend in Asia, she met on her very first day at her Chinese High School when everyone was staring at her as they had never seen an American or Caucasian at the school before. This Chinese Malaysian girlfriend had spent many years in London, so probably had a lot of empathy and gave her good advice. They've been best friends ever since and don't miss an opportunity for a sleep over, movie, mall date or get together after school as they are not in the same grade.
She has a large group of friends here in Asia and really enjoys them all. Mozart is out going by nature, but I think our travel lifestyle has made her even better at making friends easily with all kinds of people. Most of the people on her BFF list, she has known for many years or most of her life, thus able to spend lots of quality time together building and reconnecting over many years, despite having some time apart.
The only bad thing about having many homes around the world, is we always have some one dear to miss. As we enjoy our friends in Asia now, we miss our friends in Barcelona, Andalusia, London, Sweden and California, but tech helps us keep in touch. Not only do we get to talk via webcam or facebook with our dearl friends in Barcelona, but we also get to hear this little dog that we all love. It's good to giggle together even at a distance!
This past weekend we talked to our dear friends in London who we met when we arrived in Spain as they were our first guests and treated us at their home in Malaga. Hard to believe the baby in diapers in those photos is now seven.
Time speeds by when you have kids. Soon they will all be old enough to fly in for longer visits perhaps. Travel means good byes as well as hello to new adventure, but by doing long stays and returning regularly to places we love, we get to maintain long term friendships.