This is the city for making friends

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I always go on and on that the one thing that really sets Johannesburg apart from other South African cities (and from what I hear global too) is how easy it is to make friends here.

One of the things you quickly learn when you leave University is that making new friends – especially of the same sex as you – is not easy. Men have sport which creates the perfect bonding opportunity – women don’t really have an equivalent. I sometimes joke that you have to go on friend-dates, just like you would with a girl or guy you like.

But living in Johannesburg I have made more friends than ever before in my life – warm, genuine, open, intelligent and interesting people. This week I was invited to two dinner parties – where most of the other guests I either didn’t know or have known less than 6 months…you would imagine there might be a bit of stiffness and lots of dull conversation about “what you do” – as there often is at these kinds of things. Instead there was laughter and the joy of feeling like you belong in this world, that there are plenty of other people who see the world as you do.

Thank you Jozi for making me feel like I have a home for my soul.

4 thoughts on “This is the city for making friends”

  1. “One of the things you quickly learn when you leave University is that making new friends – especially of the same sex as you – is not easy. Men have sport which creates the perfect bonding opportunity – women don’t really have an equivalent. I sometimes joke that you have to go on friend-dates, just like you would with a girl or guy you like.”

    I’ve had the opposite experience—I can always meet women wherever I go, but guys, not so much. Most of the things I like to do attract a female crowd, and I have no interest in doing stereotypical “guy things” like going to sports bars to meet them.

    Anyway, glad you’ve been successful making friends where you are now!

    1. Hi Dienna – I actually meant that it is easy for guys to meet each other and to bond over. Agree that meeting guys as friends isn’t always easy for a girl – but that is where I find photography to be a great bridge.

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