My Au Pair Journey

Ga Lynxi in New Jersey


Hi everybody!

The post today will be in English, because it’s meant for some of the friends I made here in the US. If I get enough complaints, and if I fell like it, I may translate it to Portuguese…

So, this is a post about the toughest thing I have experience here, in these almost 6 months: saying goodbye.

When I said goodbye to my friends and family in Brazil before coming here, it was sad, of course. But I have a countdown of days I’m spending away from them (its on the right side of this blog, you can check it out!). So while it was really sad, it wasn’t as bad as saying goodbyes to my friends from here.

Why? Well, you can argue that I know my Brazilian friends way longer than the girls I met here. But here’s the catch: here, we are kind of alone, far away from home and friends, hugs, shoulders, traditions, and while the Internet may make it easier, it’s still hard. And then we meet this other girls that are in the same situation, with this crazy jobs. All of us are different, with different objectives, backgrounds, likes and dislikes. But among all of them, you may find a few that are dearest to you, with whom you can share secrets, laughs and weird food! And because we are in this different situation, the friendship grows way quicker than the “normal” way, at least for me.

In my case, I was lucky enough to find two of these lovely girls upon my arrival: my roommates at APC training hotel, Lenka and Nici. We spent the first days together, and then we were living close, we did a lot of stuff together, went to school together, even. But then, stuff happens, and Nici is now back in Germany. It was really hard on me to say say goodbye to her, because she was my best friend here in the US. I really love this German 19 girl! I feel like we had met way longer than just a few months ago. But we knew this day would come. And while it was a little sooner than I had planned, I still know she made the right decision for herself and I’m happy for her. But it’s really hard to say goodbye and, different from my Brazilian friends, not know when I’ll see her again. Of course I have plans to visit her, and I hope she don’t forget to go to São Paulo (WAY better than Rio – internal joke XD), but the plans are only that: plans. They’ll come true, or my name is not Gabi (which may not be here in the US, but whatever), but when is the question…

Then, yesterday, I had to say goodbye to my Broadway addict friend Immie (and I hope I’m writing this right!)… I met her just for awhile too, but you know what? She’s awesome! We went to Cheesecake Factory and Broadway, mainly, and I wish I could have more time with her – who knows, maybe she could take me to Bonnie and Clyde a third time?! I hope she’s ok now, she’s probably in the air or something, going back to the warm summer in Australia – I’m so jealous of the sun she’s going to get! And she will go to Brazil in some Holiday, and I’m sure to go check the kangaroos, but you know, again the crazy time thing…

It’s hard, at least for me, to say goodbye to these beautiful and amazing girls, and not know when we’ll be together having fun again…

So that’s what I needed to say: this cold weather is nothing compared to the goodbyes part of this experience. The good part of that? Well, I know I’ll have some friends a lot of places I choose to go in this big big world, and I’ll probably be able to work as São Paulo’s tour guide after they are done visiting me!

So specially to Nici and Imogen: I LOVE YOU! Thanks for letting me be a part of your life! And please, be safe, and stay in touch! (PS – Immie, my skype username is gabisora =D)

Lots of love,




Oh, and before I go, how to say “I miss you”, in Portuguese: Estou com saudade OR Saudades de você. (miss = saudade, put it on google translator to hear the sound!)

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3 Responses to “Goodbyes”

  1. Tha
    16:23 on dezembro 11th, 2011

    Then don’t say good bye, just say see you, even if you don’t know when you ll see each other again. Bombs told me this these days, she refused to say those horrible two words, because it’s too sad. In fact, I’m freaking out with all this thing of leaving, is it too soon for that? Anyway, the show must go on. Yesterday one friend of ours got Footloose as a Christmas gift, I remembered you immediately! A billion hugs and kisses!!

  2. Fe
    20:48 on dezembro 12th, 2011

    Bem dito… Não diga adeus, diga apenas até logo…
    O mundo é grande, mas da pra visitá-lo fácil, é só querer mto e batalhar por isso…
    Quer coisa melhor do que visitar a Alemanha ou a Australia e ainda ter amigos pra te receber de braços abertos?
    Ter amigos em toda parte do mundo é uma experiência que pouca gente consegue ter.

  3. Michelle
    21:41 on dezembro 25th, 2011

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