Arthur Fane, Jan 21st 2015, 11:54 Verified Guru
Sometimes it is difficult to pluck up the courage, but if you go to a bar you will usually find that the people there are more than up for a chat. One of my friends on my year abroad met her current (long term) boyfriend at a bar, and he's also a good friend of mine - we simply went to a bar and got chatting to the two next to us there!
Alternatively, Valencia will have a big 'Erasmus' community, who will most probably organise activities and nights out. Join the group (or groups), and go on a night out with them. Not only will you meet fellow year abroaders who are in exactly the same boat as you, but they can also introduce you to their classmates etc (so you can meet Spanish people!!), but when you're part of a big group of foreigners on a night out, I found that the locals will come and chat to you as they'll be interested in the big group of foreign people in their city. It's a great talking point, and could possibly make you a really good friend :)
Hope this helps!!
Hannah Sharratt, Jan 21st 2015, 17:58
I'm moving to valencia in late feb, i will happily meet up with you! :) i'll be looking to find friends too when i arrive. This is my fifth time now moving abroad somewhere to do an internship or au pairing etc and so I understand how lonely it can feel in those initial stages. Don't hesitate to get in touch :)
Lizzie Fane, Jan 23rd 2015, 23:36 Verified Guru
Think about joining clubs and societies too - that's where I made the most friends on my year abroad! Because I was doing something that fascinated me (calligraphy, cooking, drawing and painting), I met local people with similar interests to me. The first class is always nerve-wracking, but once you surpass that initial anxiety it's wonderful to learn a new skill surrounded by people like you. Your vocabulary improves in a way that interests you, you feel like you're integrating, and you don't have to go to a bar to chat to people, which I always found was a terrifying prospect, especially as a girl alone in a new city. Good luck! :)