I wish I knew how many good-bye gatherings I’ve attended since being here. Even without an exact number, I can tell you that it has been SO MANY!!!! Last night, it was time for mine. Two of my friends commandeered the planning of this event about a month ago. I provided the guest list, and they did the rest! This was such a gift, because I have had to spend my time coordinating a whole lot of moving logistics and transition plans at work. I was incredibly grateful for someone else to manage the planning of this party, because you can probably guess how important it was to me!
My friends opened their home to around 30 of us. The chef made two kinds of chili, and there were loads of other goodies there, too. I was OBSESSED with the chicken chili (and cornbread muffins!!)!
One of my friends bought me a really fun “Swiss VIP” shirt, which of course, I had to put on immediately for a photo opp!
Of course, the party planners had a few surprises up their sleeves! One was a video including messages from several expat friends who’ve already left Switzerland. You can tell from my expressions how much I LOVED it!!! (My friends are really funny!)
They also had a bunch of those friends (and a few others) join a FaceTime call live, so I could say “hello” to them, even though they obviously couldn’t be here. I was SO EXCITED for this, too!! One of the guys had headphones in, and I might’ve burst his ear drum with my squeal! (Oops! I have a problem controlling the volume when I get excited!)
And finally, they worked with a local bakery to design a beautiful “Happy Bye Bye!” cake complete with the Cardinals logo & the Arch! I LOVED it, and I am seriously impressed that they accomplished this here!
I was so thankful for a final hoopla before leaving Switzerland. There were so many people and so much general chaos and merriment that it didn’t leave room for sadness. I was blessed with such a fantastic circle of friends here. I can’t wait for our future rendezvous in locations all over the world!