How has moving abroad affected your friendships?
Can your lifelong friends from home ever be replaced? Or has starting anew been refreshing?
Tell us your friendship stories for Friendship Week. Photograph: Getty Images
Next week, The Irish Times will be exploring friendship with a series about those important and life-enhancing relationships in our lives.
In Generation Emigration, we’ll be taking a look at how moving abroad affects friendships, from leaving lifelong friends behind and keeping connected with them from afar, to the challenge of arriving in a new place without their support, having to create a whole new social circle from scratch, and making friends from different cultural backgrounds.
How has distance and time affected your friendships? Can your lifelong friends from home ever be replaced? Or has starting anew been refreshing? What helped you to make new friends?
We want to hear from our readers abroad. Email your meaningful, amusing or uplifting friendship story, in less than 300 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a photo of you (with your friend if possible), before next Wednesday, February 10th.
All submissions will be entered into a competition for a chance to win a two-night break at Hotel Meyrick in Galway for you and your friend.