i farewelled another one tonight: one by one they leave me, until i leave them...
i met maria first as 1/4 of "the swedes", as they were known to us in the winter of 2010/2011. i have to say i didn't get to know her so well or rest so easy in her company that first season, but i am so happy that i had another chance to get to know her this time around.
she has been generous, open and friendly, and i have learned a lot for which i am grateful. she is wiser than i would have given her credit for. maybe she has recently learned this wisdom, or perhaps i'm just better at listening now.
however we leave it, maria, i wish you safe travels and lots of love meeting you wherever you may be next. we'll see each other soon.