My sister Sabrina has been living in Beijing since she graduated from college minus one year while she was getting her masters in the UK. And she has developed an amazing group of friends here.
There’s something special and amazing about an ex-pat community. When I go out with my own friends in NYC and meet other people’s friends, I usually don’t take their phone numbers or plan to start hanging out with them. In Beijing, I’m constantly making new friends.
Everyone here is connected to everyone else through no more than one degree of separation and everyone becomes friends with everyone else. I exchange phone numbers with almost everyone I meet and then put them in my phone with an “@ Spark” or wherever I met them. I’ve made as many new friends since I arrived in Beijing five weeks ago than in my last 7 years in NYC combined.
Also, I love these people.