After spotting a small group of people doing yoga in the park, I politely interrupted to ask if I could join. My current attire wasn’t appropriate but I turned up in my gym clothes the next week and was ready to get involved.
The ‘I might as well ask, there’s nothing to lose’ moment has made the world of a difference to my time spent abroad. Small talk develops into a chat before class and strangers soon become familiar faces. That sense of community makes a huge difference to helping you feel at home, even if you don’t know anybody to begin with.
What started as a small group of 5 doing yoga in the park has grown to be a community of people from all over the world who are new to the city, looking for routine, ready to exercise and want to get to know new people.
And it doesn’t have to be yoga! I tried various sports and activities whilst trying to find what was best for me. I didn’t want to sign a 2 year contract at a random gym so a voluntary pay-as-you-go yoga class, was a no-brainer for me. I’ve got so into it that I even do extra practice at home with a friend!
Why not give it a try? Yoga, running club, or whatever it is you may be interested in. The English yoga class I attend is run on Meet Up, a platform with different communities for people to get to know each other in cities all over the world. Take a look for yourself and see what you can find in your area. Who knows what friendly faces you’ll meet 🙂