The Random Musings of a Jersey Girl & Her Family Finding their Way Around The World
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And the differences continue
Happy Father’s Day
My experience so far has been that the friendliest people are expats themselves. The people who have reached out to us, and who we’ve gotten together with the most (playdates at each other’s houses, etc.) are people who’ve moved here from another country, either several years ago, or recently.
I don’t find too much at playgrounds other than a bit of small talk. Doesn’t seem to go further than that. I am not the most out-going person, though, so maybe that’s part of it. I did join a playgroup early on (it has since pretty much disbanded, due to low turnout), and that has led to one nice friendship. It was a Jewish playgroup, so we also have that common bond. I don’t know what your background is, but maybe a church or temple group could be an option? Any storytimes at your local library, where moms of similar aged kids might go?
Sorry we don’t live nearer. I’d be your friend!
aww pookie your lonely…i can imagine.. i have friends and still feel lonely.. so don’t feel so bad..
Can I join your pity party? I’ve just spent the last month back in CA and I’ve loved every minute of it. My friends, my family…. and now I’m coming back to sydney on saturday…back to my lonliness. I’ll be your friend 🙂
Know that you’re not alone on this. I think there’s a lot to be said for the differences in the way that Aussies & Americans “relate” to one another… especially women.
Being the way I am, I’m probably the last person to give advice on making friends, but on observation I gather that it just takes longer to crack into their world. Keep going back to playgroup and library storytimes… once you become a fixture, they’ll open up. Joining a club or church/religious org is good advice too. Aussies love their clubs! hehe.
And once you’re in, you’re in!
Thanks, Tors, I was believing to think I am a major loser because I can’t make friends here but I read somewhere (not sure if it was your site) that Aussie’s keep their friends from childhood and it’s hard to break into that inner circle.
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