For the last few years, I've felt close to very few people. This new feeling does not sit well with me. Though not terribly outgoing (I need to work on that), I am quite friendly and for the most part, I've made friends easily. I am lucky to have made quite a lot of friendships and with really cool and fun but most importantly nice people, might I add. I took it for granted. I just returned from a visit to my hometown where I got to see friends, and now I'm lonely and a bit homesick ... for people more than for place. Having my closest family member six hours away isn't making things easier, and don't even get me started on the sister living on the coast opposite from me. Always, but especially when without family, friends are kind of a big deal.
So, here is my question: How do you make new friends in a new place? I'm open to suggestions big and small. I am willing to be adventurous, make big gestures. I am also willing to say hi to strangers, if necessary.
Help, please, my dears. The more, the merrier.
Photo by Levi Macdonald (Benedict.) on Flickr.