Mule - Use it to network and make other connections. Think of it as a stepping stone to something more like you.
Silver - the same bloody reason mine never visit me, which will be the same reason I'll only see half of my friends when I get home. People grow, change and get new priorities. The life I had before coming here is light years from what I have now... and it's light years from what my friends are doing now. It's hard, but that's the way it is unfortunately.
Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.