How to Start a Conversation

I’ve never been very good at starting conversations. That’s why I was so surprised that working in my notebook, full of my thoughts (‘I’ve seen enough of these covered shopping arcades… ‘), to-do lists (‘laundry,…’), and even ticket stubs (taped in with athletic tape), has actually made me approachable. People on the train or in common areas in hostels have either asked what I was working on or commented how nice it looked. While I haven’t used this tool strategically (as in, starting a chat with the cute hostel receptionist and then asking her to dinner…), I am enjoying talking more and getting advice on places to go. 

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