During the summer I went traveling through Thailand and Malaysia, I had a really wonderful time and met some amazing people who I will hopefully keep in contact with. During my time overseas I felt there was a huge backpacker community and wherever you were you always had the ability to meet people and become friends. Even though the same questions get asked and usually have the same answers you know you can sit on the beach or in a cafe and meet someone who you have something in common with. The long journeys on small mini buses with crazy drivers who seem to not have the ability to use a brake are scary but you always find people to share food, stories and games with.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
It is completely different in the Western world. I traveled up to Newcastle a few weeks ago by coach. On the whole journey I spoke to one person. I found it so odd that there wasn't that sense of 'we are all in this together' (it was a 7 hour coach trip).
I think what I am saying is that I find it so strange that on the other side of the world you can make amazing short term and long life friends but in the UK you have to have school, work or other friends in common to become friends and gain a sense of community.