Just the other day a coworker mentioned a story she had read in The Onion and I was shocked to hear someone mention it outside the Midwest, much less in London! But evidently the news organisation has been rapidly gaining popularity all the way across the pond since it’s online expansion of The Onion News Network in 2007. The newspaper began in my hometown, Madison, Wisconsin, by two University students and is now making headlines in The Guardian. This story is a classic example of how some people just don’t get it!
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”—Neil Gaiman (via modernhepburn)
I met some friends for lunch yesterday at a charming Gastropub, The Adam & Eve, in Mill Hill (I know, all the way up north). These friends currently live in the US with their adorable five month old baby but were visiting family in the UK this week.
At lunch I got to talking with a lovely woman about meeting friends in new cities. This woman is British and spent three years living in Dubai with her husband and two young children. She said when moving to a new city she joins activities (she met her husband at a field hockey club in London!). We talked about the ease of meeting new people at certain life stages such as starting a university course or being a young mom and joining women’s groups.
But I wondered, if you’re not in one of these stages is it more difficult to meet people in a new city? Meeting members of the opposite sex is often straight forward but have you ever met friends of the same sex in a bar or cafe- and actually started a friendship? Do some cities make it easier or more difficult? Networking with friends of friends is important when moving somewhere new, but do you then end up meeting people from your home country by default?
I am over-the-moon excited for the week ahead. My parents are visiting from Wisconsin and it’s their first time in London, EVER! They have known for nearly seven years that London is my favourite place to be, and now (finally) I have the opportunity to share it with them. In honour of sharing London’s places, people, and flavours, each day this week I will post one or two bits of London that you won’t likely find in the guidebooks. Enjoy.