Sunday, 30 January 2011

A stranger is a friend I haven't met yet

Joelle told me that once. It sort of stuck with me.

It's also been the catalyst of many gems of moments.

Today I sat down to dinner and had a dandy conversation with Albert from Indonesia. His brother went to high school in Wisconsin. I asked him about the yarn shortage in Indonesia, but since he didn't know what yarn was, we had to move onto different topics.

When I was waiting in line for my student's pass, I passed the time with 3 Chinese exchange students. They liked basketball, so we talked sports. (If you know me at all, that's funny.) I thought they might like squash, since Asians seem to play a lot of racket sports, but they didn't know what that was. When one looked it up on his hand-held translator, I think it described the vegetable. They tried to teach me Mandarin. Mostly, just the basics like "I punch you."

I arrived at my accounting class early and met a girl who had spent 3 years studying off-shore marine engineering. She was awfully nice and offered to treat me to "Western food" (aka burgers and milkshakes). She wants to be a psychiatrist, but was studying math and knows how to build ships. She had a very interesting path of study.

Yep. In conclusion, a stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet.

That's really all I have to say about that.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you guys have been having a good time meeting people =D