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Making friends while living abroad is no easy task. Between language and culture barriers, it might seem easier to simply stick to your own kind — but that’s no way to travel! In order to make the most of your time away from home, follow these few simple rules to open yourself up, make friends, and build connections...
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The first time I met Michaela, she told me she loved to speak Spanish and had been learning it since she was a child. As a lover of languages myself, I instantly felt close to her and wanted to get to know her better. Michaela and I would laugh together as we exchanged untranslatable words and expressions, like slang...
Are we friends? Kawtar-Cherkaoui
Becoming Facebook friends is as simple as accepting a virtual request, those friendships might never involve engaging in actual conversation, which makes me wonder if those friendships actually ever existed at all. Trusila explores what it takes to be actual friends in the age of social media and tries to understand...
Creativity and Gratitude Turns Loneliness Into Solitude
What do you do when you move to a new location and not actively looking for friends but you still crave connection? Drew Teller explores how he navigated moving to a new country and the two main practices that kept him going and that eventually led to meeting many new people.
Cultural values strengthen friendships. Photo by Alama Creative
Understanding loneliness across the continents is helpful in improving the way we connect with people from other cultures. Loneliness may be an epidemic but there is more to how we got here and how we can remedy the situation. We take a look at how Africa views loneliness and explore some of the myths involved.
Making Friends at Work: The Unwritten Rules
A third of our lives will be spent at work, and considering that the other third is spent sleeping, there is really not much time left to socialize and create a well adjusted social life. That is why its important to make friends at work and try to maintain these friendships. But how do we go about it, is it even...