Not being a child anymore, it has become difficult to make new friends and even more when you’re alone in a new city. That’s what I felt when moved in Prague 2 months ago. I’m very shy and my friends are those that I have for more than 15 years and, they are all in France.
That’s why you have to go out! I know that you’re thinking, that it’s a shame to party alone, you are not motivated but you have to go and to socialize. For these reasons, so-called MeetUps are the best way for you to live a friendly moment and meet interesting folks from all over the world and share with them your experiences!
The first days here were a bit long, I was stuck on my phone waiting for my parents’ calls but don’t make the mistake to stay in your room calling your home friends!
I wondered how I will make some new friends when I arrived in Prague but I knew that Foreigners which is the company I’m working for held a monthly MeetUp and that it would be a great opportunity for me to take part of the organization.
I had never heard about it before so I didn’t know in what it consists before my arrival to Prague. What’s more I was afraid of how it will be running, the atmosphere, how to introduce myself to the others but in fact it was really friendly and more easy than what I expected, to be comfortable.
In fact, everyone came for the same reason: meet new people, make some friends
There was no barrier between us (“the staff”) and the attendees and it was very cool to share experiences with people from the same nationality as you, talk about your expats’ problems or talk with others about life in general. MeetUps are a really good alternative to live a unique moment while meeting newcomers and regulars, locals and expats, workers and students… you won’t regret to go!
Tell yourself that everyone is in the same situation so don’t hesitate to stand up, walk around the bar and chat with people on the way, and just say “Hello, how are you?” It costs nothing but it can lead to a real friendship. Don’t be hesitant to approach anyone, otherwise people will come talk to you 😀
One more thing, if you get along with someone: take his/her phone number to try to hang out outside the MeetUp! It can be frustrating the first time, I know, but it is worth it! Good moments are ahead!
Don’t be shy to come at the April MeetUp on the 19th of April at the Globe Bookstore and Cafe at 7 pm, I would be happy to meet you and to share a drink!
If you won’t be able to come, this kind of MeetUps are held on a monthly basis – every 3rd Thursday of the month. Stay tuned for our following events!