As a girl with many expat friends in Hong Kong, I feel like I am constantly saying goodbyes to friends. Hong Kong is a transient place for many foreigners; a year or two, sometimes three , rarely do many expats stay for longer.
I have seen many people come and go already; while it is nice to have so many global connections, every time one leaves you feel a lingering sadness and the knowledge you have to go looking for friends again. You cling more deeply to friends you know are committed long term to Hong Kong and you long for a day all your friends could be in one roof.
I hate goodbyes.