Goodbyes are never easy - i think it's even harder for our staff when we are new in a country. in sudan and bangladesh, the expats had been coming and going for eons... people were ready for it. here, we are still new and young and the staff are still a bit shocked i think by the departures. our mental health officer recently left, and she was the only one left from the 'opening' expat team. so in proper tradition, a feast was cooked (taro, coconut rice in banana leaf baskets, watermelon, pork skewers... soooooo good) and bilums were presented (bilums are traditional bags here). to give you perspective, she had to pack an extra box to get all the presents home!