July 19, 2012

I Need to Have Friends

Living far from your own country means hard work and – sometimes – loneliness. I have been living in Spain for one and a half years, and I haven’t found any friends yet. Well, perhaps you can say, “You do have friends in Indonesia” or “You have friends in Facebook, those who also live in Spain.” Yes, I do have friends in Indonesia, but they are far. And yes, I do know some Indonesian people living in Spain, but yet, I have never met them personally and they don’t live in the same city as I do.

I am not that kind of person who likes collecting friends – if you know what I mean. I prefer having few close friends to tons of acquaintances. I need to have friends who live nearby, so that we can get crazy together, share whatever it is that we feel, and just do ordinary stuff together. I need to have friends whom I can always count on, whom I am comfortable to be myself when I am with him/her.

I’ve got my first ‘real’ friend when I was in the summer camp last week. She’s my roommate, Natalia. She’s Polish and she’s also a very nice person. I was very comfortable when I was with her, and we also shared lots of fun, crazy moments together. For the first time in my life since I am in Spain, I have a friend, and I am happy for that. However, the camp is over and Natalia is now in London and I’m in Spain. Though we can still be in contact with each other, it won’t be the same. She won’t be there to look at my weird behavior, hear my every-minute burps, or just eat an ice cream together.

I realize how someone can mean a lot to you, especially when that person can really understand you and make you feel comfortable with yourself. I just hope that in the future I will find many other Natalia who can be my real, close friends and whom I can share my life with.

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