Besides the food and the beaches, I guess the other thing I am looking forward to is seeing my friends again. It is so weird though that I somehow expected my friends to be the same when I left them in 2008. Even if I had been able to keep track of the highlights of their lives through social media (I missed three marriages and even more birthday parties), I thought I can just appear from nowhere and then we can plan a mountain trek or a camping expedition for the coming weekend, like the good old days. But suddenly they now have other priorities, other commitments. Make no mistake, I am happy for them. But I can almost hear them say, 'why did you leave anyway? Then you would not have missed so much'.
But that's life I guess. It's full of changes, the only constant thing. And I know, I would almost wish again that time had stopped or even slowed down since the last time I left so we can catch up more quickly when we get back, but this is not to be, and so I resolve not to become too sentimental and to make the best of the summer holiday and get through as much of my bucket list as I can.