This past week I started my new job and each day I get a lunch break where I can wander off into Cheltenham in search of food and then eat said food where ever I so choose. Last week as it was sunny I felt that grabbing a sandwich and eating outside in the sun was the best option as after all we are in the UK so who knows when we will see the sun. Anyway while I was eating I was joined by a lovely little old lady who decided to sit down next to me and just start talking to me. Initially it was about the buskers that she seemed to like but I in fact hated and was mentally thinking of ways to ban them if I ever began supreme world over lord. The conversation then moved on to things like wasn't the weather lovely, wasn't my dress pretty, was I a student etc I then told her a few stories about my year in Russia and travelling in general.
Now I have no clue who this lady was, she may have been mad, lonely or, as I choose to believe, friendly and just decided to chat to the girl sat next to her. It was however something that I had missed- just having people have a chat to you while are both on a train, a plane or having lunch. In Russia it was usually mad old Babs asking me stupid questions about why I wasn't married and if I wanted to marry their son and other such ridiculous topics. After nearly a year of this I forgot that their English versions are more likely to offer you a cup of tea and a Kitkat than yell at you.
Of all the things listed above it is one of the things that I missed most- people being friendly, well that and gin. For me the world would be a nicer place if everyone just had a chat or said hello to each other without it being thought of as weird or being done for some hidden agenda.