Talking to Strangers Abroad

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Talking to Strangers Abroad

Moving abroad means literally everybody is a stranger. Depending on where you're living, you may stick out like a sore thumb. For instance, being black in Korea 😊

In every country I've lived in talking to strangers became normal. In Italy, waiters and random people in the park would start conversations with me.

While living in Senegal, I blended in more, but I was always eager to spark conversation with everyone. Senegalese are the most sharing and communal people. I had strangers pass me a spoon to eat with everyone without even thinking twice. People that started out as strangers turned into my language teachers and friends.

South Korea has taken everything to the next level. A week doesn't go by without random kids, grandmas and everything in between speaking to me on the street. Here, I've been out drinking with friends and random Korean guys came over to make 소맥 (beer & soju mix). Korean people are some of the most friendly I’ve ever met & they’re one of the main reasons why I love it here 🙌🏾

Talking to strangers might seem dangerous or intimidating, but from my experience people are good. If you talk to someone they'll respond & you never know where it might lead. You know how the saying goes... Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet.


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