In the world of student exchange we have these terms Newbies and Oldies. A newbie is a new exchange student. Someone who is fresh off the press and doesn't have a clue what is going on. An oldie has been around for a while now. They have seen and experienced a lot of what it means to be an exchange student.
Today I woke up before the sun to take the train to Zürich. The day has come to part ways with some of my oldies. A year has gone by since they arrived to Switz and now it is time for them to go home. Six months ago when I arrived my oldies were there to welcome me, show me the ropes and support me until I found my footing. Over the past few months we have become such great friends. The friendships I have made on exchange are some of my most treasured. I have met so many of those types of people that you feel you've known your whole life. Now everyone is going back to their respective countries and it is time to wish them well on their next adventures.
My oldies have left me with big shoes to fill but they have taught me well and I am really looking forward to meeting my newbies.