A few weeks ago I had my suitcase at my desk so I could catch the Eurostar immediately after work. It’s not uncommon for me to travel on the weekends so my coworkers always ask where I’m going. Usually I elaborate on my plans, but that Friday I simply said I was headed to Paris with some friends and changed the subject.
I wasn’t about to admit that I was going to Paris to meet online friends for the first time in person. I barely admitted in whispers to a few close friends what the real story was, and even with them I couldn’t keep a straight face.
If you had told me two years ago I would meet new friends via my own blog, I would have laughed you out the door. I enjoyed reading my friend’s blogs but I would never have searched for random blogs let alone considered writing my own. Fast forward to this:
Let me introduce my new blog buddies from left to right: Alexandra (American in Scotland), Jordan (American in Croatia), Melanie (German in Germany, Norway, Canada), and Margo (American in Germany). Not pictured, Sara (American in Paris) who joined our Saturday night PJ party. They’re way more normal than I imagined online friends would be. They’re just like me.
London has made me more open-minded to a lot of things. Blogging is one of ’em. Sharing my story here on this little site to stay connected to everyone back home has been a wonderful antidote to the loneliness that can creep up on me. An unexpected bonus – making new friends who are sharing similar experiences.
It was my third time to Paris so I was content to wander the Marais, eat macarons, and bask in the photography skills of these talented ladies. We had the best time sharing travel stories, learning more about each other’s lives, and of course sharing blog advice, as bloggers do.
I came back to work the next Monday ready to regale my coworkers with stories of my weekend with my new online friends. No embarrassment here. These gals are keepers and I have blogging to thank.