I have just had an email from my Swiss friend, Rebekka, saying just how hard it was to go back to work on Monday morning after two weeks off (ten days of which were spent in the UK with me). It was strange for me too, but now that a few days have passed it feels more 'normal'. I miss my friends very much and it was really funny that Rebekka left a box of Swiss flag sticking plasters for me with a note saying, 'For your bleeding heart'. She knew I would miss her so. I told her that the box wasn't big enough. At least I will, hopefully, get the chance to visit her and Philippe later in the year, though she has told me that she won't be as nice to me so that it will be easier for me to leave. I can't see either of those things happening. She is an amazing person and it is always going to be difficult to say 'goodbye' to her, whether we have been together for two minutes or two weeks. But, just knowing I have a wonderful friend out there who I can write to and phone and visit occasionally, is very reassuring. As I say in my bio on my user info, friends are so important and I love my special friends very much. I may be an old softy, and take things to heart sometimes, but that is much better than being miserable and alone in the world with no-one to call a friend. I consider myself extremely lucky that I know so many truly great people from all over the world. It's just a shame that we can't always be in the same place at the same time, all the time.