I didn't come to South Africa to hang out with other Americans, but it's always nice to know at least ONE other person from your home culture, right?
In all the time we've been here, we've only known one other couple from the States (ironically, our home towns are only 90 minutes apart). It was so nice to share a cup of coffee every now and then and have someone from my home country to use as a sounding board or get a good dose of perspective without worrying about cultural misunderstandings.
Today we had to say good-bye, as they're moving back to the States. Our kids went to school together, so the children are also feeling the loss.
Good-byes stink, and they never seem to get easier, no matter how old I get.