When I was on the island, one of my priorities was finding my old friend Katrina. We grew up together in east Vancouver and were the best of friends from kindergarten on. People often asked us if we were twins or sisters, and one halloween we even dressed up as siamese twins by wearing a huge sweater over the both of us.
Our parents are still close, though we hadn't seen each other in a while seeing as I live on the opposite side of the globe! I heard she was living on the island, but cell phone reception is dodgy and I didn't completely remember the spot where she's now living (we used to go there as kids).
As luck would have it though, I didn't need to worry. I was in a shop on Saturday morning when I saw Katrina talking to the cashier. I tapped her on the shoulder but it didn't quite click. I tapped her again and she spun around, this time, noticing who I was. She yelled "oh my god, what are you doing here?" before turning to the cashier and exclaiming, "she's in Australia!"
I sometimes think that one of the things I like about Sydney is that my friendships there are based on shared interests and values, whereas my friendships here are more about history. But I have to say that there is something so nourishing about spending time with people you've known since you were 4. In a few weeks I'll be going to LA to visit this lady, who I've also know since I was little, and I can't wait to reconnect!