For fourteen years my husband and I lived and worked in Beijing, China. It was an incredible experience that enriched our lives in ways too numerous to mention. Being part of a large international school (me) and a global law firm (Richard), we were able to meet and form deep friendships with remarkable people from around the world. While many of these people have remained in Beijing, many have since returned to their original homes or have taken on other international postings. A significant number have relocated to other parts of Asia.
When leaving Beijing, Richard and I joked that these friends would quickly begin to say “Donna and Richard who?” For me, it wasn’t a joke. It was a fear.
Richard and I are currently planning a trip to Singapore to visit our youngest son who lives and works there. We have added a small side trip to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Although our time will be too short to stop in Beijing, this trip is remarkably feeling like ‘returning home’.
A large cluster of our Beijing friends now live in Singapore. A couple more live in Phnom Penh. The warmth and generosity that Richard and I have received when these friends learned that we would soon be visiting has been overwhelming. One friend, who currently lives in Vietnam, has arranged to fly to Singapore for the weekend so that we can spend time together.
Words can never express the relief and gratitude when your deepest fears are proven wrong.
While this planned trip does not take place quite yet, I will definitely keep you posted (pun intended). And yes, I will include many photos!