Meeting Locals...

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1. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I think a thread was already started about how to meet locals. I tried finding it and couldn´t. If someone could bring it to the top for me that would be fab. Otherwise if someone else has any advice for meeting locals that would be great too.
I´ve just been in Spain for 5 days and am already feeling a little lonesome for family and friends just because I haven´t met anyone besides my host family.
Thanks for the advice.


2. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The nightlife often provides means for meeting locals. I guess that depends on what city you're in really, if it's a touristic hub or not, but I'm sure your host family can give you some ideas on what clubs/bars are popular with locals. Let me know if this works out!

Good luck! Tamar

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Here's the thread you're talking about :)

Katie ;)

4. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the help...

I was actually thinking about a different post one where their was a couple staying in Australia and had been there 4 months without meeting anyone. I was thinking about that one becuase I´m living in the same place for 3 months and only traveling on weekends.

Today I posted ads to try and find students to teach English to. If I can´t find any of those (which I would prefer because it´s money) I´ll look for people to do language exchanges with then I can practice my Spanish.
I have been in Spain for a week and even though I´m legal to drink (I´m from the states where I´m not) I haven´t ventured into a bar yet. I´m going to this weekend though for sure.


5. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello again,

Some of you wanted to know how meeting locals went... Well so far I have met some.
Here´s what i´ve done.

1. I was at an outdoor market and one of the guys said something to me that i didn´t understand. I just smiled and walked by. Later i walked past and we started talking. We ended up going out that night. He took me into barcelona. it was really cool. i told him i would go past his work place again on friday when he´ll be there but i don´t think i will becuase he was totally hitting on me and i didn´t really feel comfortable being alone with him. (i did friday but don´t want to again) And when i met him i thought he was from the town where i am living but he isn´t...

2. I went to a church. It was a small church and everyone could tell i was a visitor. Lots of people came up and talked to me after the service.

3. I was walking down a street in Barcelona and this older guy started talking to me. That was interesting but then he started hitting on me and i was just like you´re old and freaking me out. I´m leaving now.

4. I´m also still looking for english students. so far there i haven´t had any luck.

5. there is a group of people i think about my age that do a fun language exchange. i´m sure i will join them for a night and probably more.

i know other people have suggested just going to bars but as i´m not legal to drink in the states i´m not really used to that whole scene. and i don´t like it when drunk guys hit on me.
i´ll keep looking though maybe i can find a guy that just wants to talk and be friends!!