Was reading Pablo’s Travel Stories and memories of my own travels came flooding back… I liked his quote, “The people out there are friends we have not met.” Sometimes our own inhibitions can get in the way of potentially great and long-lasting friendships.
As a student in Perth many years ago, I also made the best of being there by interacting outside of my circle of familiarity. As a result many friendships were forged with people from all cultures and walks of life. Similarly, as a MOFATeer, travelling often meant new acquaintances and friendships.
Through IRC and the internet, even more friendships can be formed across a much wider, global network. These days we have Friendster and Multiply, “social networking” sites, according to its developers, which make it even easier to make friends globally. Its always heart-warming to know that we have a friend in every city across the globe.
A visit to Montreal once was testament to this. I met up with an IRC buddy and from that encounter began a lifelong friendship. She is now a mother to three great kids, and we still chat from time to time and catch up on each others’ lives.