September 14, 2012
I am frequently asked how I am meeting people from so many different countries. They wonder if I am aggressively “hunting” for foreign born Seattleites. And my answer is always “no”. We are so lucky in Seattle, people from all over the world are here and if you open yourself to meeting new people you will be amazed at the people you will meet. The process has been “organic” so far and today’s chance meeting is a good example of how the connections are happening. I went for a run today through Interlaken. It was an incredible day to be outside. Sun streaming through the trees…the quintessential Seattle day. As I neared the end of my run I came across a woman sitting on a rock next to her bicycle. She was holding a map and looking for directions. I stopped to see if I could help and quickly learned she recently moved to Seattle from California to begin a PhD program in Comparative Literature. As she is sharing a little with me she mentions she used to return home to Sweden. I had not mentioned a word about myself or what The World in My Backyard but a bell was ringing loudly in my head…I did not have a Swedish connection yet and hopefully she would want to be my Swede. She shared with me that she had gone back to school at the age of 48 to get her BA and then a Masters and now she just arrived in Seattle, leaving her husband and dogs at home in California (she will return home on breaks over the next 4 yrs). Wow…I was already inspired by her brief story and was thrilled when she said she would be open to participating in the project.
This is how I am meeting people from around the world and from all walks of life. I am looking forward to interviewing Mimi and sharing her story.
I am excited about the next few days…tomorrow I will interview a Zambian woman and Tuesday, an interview with a Latvian woman. Have you met anyone new in your backyard? Share their story with me!