Ever since I wrote my rather long-winded confessional about why I moved to Berlin, people have written and asked me how I made friends as a stranger in a foreign land.Some lonely person even arrived on my blog by Googling “Moving to Berlin with no friends.” If you don’t feel like reading that confessional, here’s my story in a nutshell: I quit my job, sold everything that I owned and left a great job in Toronto all to move 6,400 kilometers across the planet to start fresh. To add to this, I was unemployed and didn’t know how to speak German.Then a time came when I finally needed to focus on making new local friends and fully embrace my new expat lifestyle.Here are my top three ways to make new friends when you move abroad.
The other great thing is that once you have a basic command of whatever language you’re learning, you can begin speaking with locals and open up even more opportunities to forge new friendships.
Then through my rather intense stalking efforts, I discovered who they talked to and starting following them as well.
With time, I became less shy and entered the fray of conversation, finding out what cool things there were to do that weekend, and when/where people were meeting.
Other group options are New in Berlin and Berlin Expats.
I also once had fun on Canada Day attending a Canadian expat meet-up at a Canadian pizza place.