On Creating a Community Abroad
One of the hardest parts about leaving Beirut in a few, short weeks will be leaving behind all of the wonderful friends and great community that I’ve found here in Beirut. (In fact, my friend Emilee just wrote a post on this very topic today on her blog Beirut, An Education.)
While expats tend to form a natural community abroad, being in the relatively similar position of being an outsider in a foreign place, it take a little more effort to meet locals. I happen to think that Beirut provides plenty of opportunity to meet locals as the Lebanese tend to be friendly, outgoing and welcoming. Not to mention most people speak English, so there isn’t much of a language barrier to contend with.
Missy Gluckmann, of Melibee Global started a series on her blog called “How To Meet People Abroad” after one commenter on a post said she couldn’t meet locals in England. So far there have been posts on London, Argentina, Honduras, and others, giving advice on how to meet locals in that country. Missy asked to me write a guest post to contribute to the series based on my experience in Lebanon. Click on over if you want to read my tips for meeting people in Beirut.
If you have your own tips for meeting locals in Beirut (or elsewhere), feel free to leave them in the comments.