So here's a new problem that I've never had before: too many friends!
Throughout my life I've generally had just one friend at a time. That works for me. I enjoy deep friendships in which the conversations are honest and heartfelt, not just surface or gossipy. And whereas some people like (need?) lots of people around them at all times, I need to be alone a lot. But now I am an ex-pat, and ex-pats network. You need a lot of friends to help you navigate a new culture. I have already leaned quite heavily on several of my new friends. Besides needing them, I am fascinated by many of the people I've met. They come from backgrounds completely different from mine and many of them are so accomplished that I often feel I am out of my league. I want to get to know these people, and getting to know them takes time.
Since returning from the States a few days ago I've already been to lunch with one friend and have loose invitations from three others. Beside that, there are at least three other people that I want and need to get together with. For a person who has usually just had one friend at a time, this is a perplexing problem! How do I schedule time with each person? It seems a difficult juggling act to me. A good problem, to be sure. But still, for me, a problem.