So as you know I’m back in London for the summer, and for me, that means one thing. Socializing with old friends. Now don’t get me wrong, I miss my friends all the time, but I know better than anyone that after three years of not seeing each other, meeting up can be a little awkward.
I met up with two of my old school friends yesterday, and I loved spending time with them, but it’s not always that easy. It can sometimes be awkward to spend time with someone you haven’t seen for a while. So this post will give you some ideas on how to break the ice with your old friends.
Firstly stick to what you know: Catch up with your friend, tell them what’s happening with you and listen to whats going on in their life too. This is a good opportunity to get to know them again and to have a normal friendly conversation.
Ask about their family and friends: Talking about your old school and what’s new in the community is always a good idea because it keeps you updated on your old life. It’s also nice to check in with your friend and ask them how their family is doing, let them know you remember the small things.
Reminisce about old times: If all else fails this is the way to go. It’s always fun to laugh at old memories or to cringe over old pictures of you guys. It will bring you closer together as well as make your meeting less awkward.
All in all, these are just some ideas on what you can do with old friends to catch up. Because being an expat means that you have to maintain friendships with people even when there’s an ocean between you. I hope these tips help you when you see your old friends. What are some of your tips for breaking the ice?
Little Miss Expat