Hello Good-bye

A couple of months ago I met with a friend in a bar in Redfern, Sydney. It had been at least a year since we had caught up. So naturally one if the first questions was ‘ What’s been happening?’

His response caught me off guard, confused me, so I repeated back to him what I thought I had heard.

‘ You have been to the chiropractor? ‘

A smile crept across his face, ‘ No, I am moving to Cairo, Egypt’

Wasn’t expecting that!!

But having known this friend for 12 years it did not surprise me. This guy does not follow the well trodden path, rather the road less travelled. Probably why, despite being polar opposites in everything, we have remained friends.

A photo of photos of Aaron

A photo of photos of Aaron

I first met Aaron in 2002 whilst living in the Cowgate Tourist hostel, Edinburgh,Scotland. I was living in the staff quarters( though not an employee) when Aaron talked his way into a job as ‘Manager’. A cushy role that suited his lifestyle of beer drinking and chatting up women, I was lucky to find myself with a roof over my head, as once Aaron assumed his manager role, he enforced a ‘ NO Australia policy’ in staff living quarters. Desiring diversity, a preference for Spanish, French, Polish, German travellers took president over Aussie/ and  Kiwi (New Zealand) folk. There was ONE exception, if they were girls & good looking, regardless of nationality then they could stay in staff quarters ( Surely why I was kept on the books!!)

And the rest, as they say is history, 12 years of friendship, odd catch ups here and there…  12 good years none the less. The fact that he is moving away, to Cairo of all places, well that is just fantastic … For I will probably see more of him in Egypt than I do in Australia

And this relocation is for the most admirable of reasons….Love . Yes love with a girl who would have been granted permanent living arrangements at the Cowgate Tourist Hostel, Edinburgh instantly!!

And so on a school night this week, along with another fellow Cowgate Tourist Hostel alumni, Glenn, we toasted Aaron’s future Egyptian happiness….

Great company, fantastic memories and bright futures!! A night of hello and goodbyes, smiles and laughter.

12 years later, Aaron, Glenn and I

12 years later, Aaron, Glenn and I

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