I'm kind of freaking out right now because, so far, I've failed to make many friends with strangers. It's easier to just get comfortable without trying, especially since we've been meeting up with friends from back home.
French girls aren't very approachable. When it comes to the guys, I feel torn between being extra safe to the point of avoiding them (because I don't know if I can trust them), and striking up conversations with those I might want to befriend.
I've gotten a very healthy dosage of culture with the insane amount of museums we've visited. I've eaten tons of delicious French food. But I'm afraid I'm missing out on what really makes for a great Eurotrip — befriending fellow young people.
Usually I am pretty outgoing with strangers, but take last night as an example, when I was hanging out in the hostel. Hostels are supposed to be ideal for meeting people. What held me back was that everyone seemed about five years older. I'm a little self-conscious about my age. I usually assume my elders don't have any interest in me, so I leave them alone. A lot of people seem like they are in their own world, or that they are content with just the friend — or group of friends — they are traveling with.
My trip is almost halfway over. From here on out, I am determined to make a tremendous effort to connect.
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You are reading "Making Friends: Not as Easy as I Expected It Would Be", an entry posted on 14 July 2008 by Jackie Steves.