My fellow North American even suggested that I come by the restaurant she works at on weekends as they are looking for servers (at this point I will do ANYTHING.)
We chatted away about everything from jobs, to hockey, to her continual search for size 11 shoes- as it turns out she is 6’1”! Difficult to tell when we were sitting down next to one another.
The Aussie girl works at a charity, and my ears perked up. The first time I volunteered it changed my life. It can be such an amazing way to network, showcase your strengths and make a difference.
Update: Both of those women are still in my life. They are two of my closest friends in Australia and have become an integral part of my network. Five years on, we are ‘real’ friends.
Most of the people I met or connected to in those early days are either still in my life, or have introduced me to people who are or both.
The point is- when you move someplace new, make an effort. Even when you don’t feel like it. You never know who you might meet.