9.28.2008

Parting is such sweet sorrow

I just wanted to send a shout-out to my fellow expatriate bloggers, who attend the 4th Annual Whiney Expat Blogger Weekend in Bremen. Max and I (and Charlie) thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and wish we could have made the farewell brunch this morning.

Even though this was the first organized blogger gathering I had ever attended, I never once felt as though I was meeting a group of strangers. Perhaps, part of this is the result of blogging--where virtually and with words each of your distinct voices and personalities shines through. Part of it could also be that, through our experiences as expatriates in Germany, we not only share a common bond, but also have become open to new and diverse personalities.

Whatever the reason--you people--Andrea, G, Yelli, Claire, headbang8, J, CN, Jen, Christina, Alice, Kim, Adam, Snooker, Cliff and Sara, and PapaScott--all rock! I only wish I had been given more hours in the day to get to know each of you better-- hopefully, next year.

I look forward to the opportunity to see you all again. On behalf of Max and Charlie: If you ever find yourself in the Rhineland Pfalz, please don't hesitate to look us up.

Special thanks to Claire who did an amazing job organizing and hosting the event. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

14 comments:

cliff1976 said...

only wish I had been given more hours in the day to get to know each of you better — hopefully, next year.

Yeah, I'm sorry I didn't get to chat with you at all! Given the number of attendees, it was tough, but I'm grateful for the chance and looking forward to a chance meetup in the course of our travels in addition to the next "official" one (*cough*Berlin?*cough*).

kenju said...

I'm glad you had a good time. We had two of our local blog friends here for dinner last night, and we always have a very nice time together.

Diane Mandy said...

cliff- I regret not getting the chance to speak with you. But I am confused--I *thought* the next meet up was in the wine region, no?

The Daily Randi said...

As you may know, I am Very Fond of Blogger Get Togethers as it is at one that I met My Totally Awesome Husband! Who'd have guessed?!

xoxo,
TDR

Neil said...

That is great that wherever there are bloggers, there are blogger meetups! Sounds like a great group.

Simple Answer said...

so glad you went and made some personal connections!

Andrea said...

I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to chat more. I'll be looking for an excuse to get to your area soon ;)
You're near a museum were thinking of going to so you never know!

Claire said...

Really wish I could have spoken with you some more! Perhaps we won't have to wait until next year.

C N Heidelberg said...

Diane, it was great to meet you!!
I'm happy to go anywhere next year, but you're right...the meet-up has never happened in a wine region before...and you and I know they're the jolliest German places of all. :)

Rositta said...

Some day I will be in Germany at the right time and in the right place to meet all the bloggers I read daily, you especially Dianne, Wiesbaden next year...ciao

J said...

Diane, I really enjoyed meeting you, hubby and dog.

If I ever find myself in Rhineland Pfalz? I find myself there about 330 days per year :)

Diane Mandy said...

J - You're welcomed anytime!

christina said...

It was such fun meeting you guys - I'm really glad you decided to attend.

Expat Traveler said...

I agree with Rositta, some day I will be there! And I did have to stop by just to see your version of the great WEB meet up!

I must say that a change in a city for me has eased my sense of missing Europe/Germany/Switzerland a lot less.