because people speak English
I was always wondering if online friendship can be considered as real person to person friendship.
I joined MyEC last June, and I have been enjoying my stay here pretty much so far, but there were a couple of times that I felt disappointed about friendship here.
Struggling about online friendship seems waste of time, I should be old enough to graduate from these things, but anyway I am still struggling somehow.
At the beginning of last month, I decided to visit Istanbul with my family. Well, actually my husband decided, and we started preparing for the trip. As I knew my dearest friend from EC; Yas-chan is in Istanbul, I contacted her almost everyday before our trip, just as we always do.
In the meantime, I remembered that when I was in Wyoming, the US, I met a friend from Germany; she is one of my best friends for a long time by the way. When we visited each others' countries, we always wrote post cards to our mutual friends together. So this time I decided to do the same with Yas-chan. I asked my close friends in MyEC their addresses. I knew it was very private information, but actually, they trusted me and informed me.
I was a bit worried if I could really recognize Yas-chan, even though I have seen her photos before. On my second day in Istanbul we intended to meet at a tram station close to my hotel. When I saw her face on the other side of the road, I recognized her at once, and she did as well. She was with us during the day for 5 days. We had great time together, walked around Istanbul everyday, visited many mosques, palaces, and famous places. We ate lunch and dinner, did some projects for MyEC together, and she helped us a lot by guiding and interpreting. We were online friends before, but now we became real friends.
For all those times that I was in EC and other social networks, I was trying to be honest as well as be nice. This time, I feel so happy that my friends trusted me and I proved that online friends can be real if you keep being truthful with each other, and being just the way you are. I'm very grateful to all of my close friends so much for that.
One of my online friends will come to Japan pretty soon this month, I will meet him and we are planning to cook each others countries' dishes. Also, another friend from MyEC will be in Japan at the end of June. I really look forward to seeing him as well. I felt confident that we can build real friendship starting from online this time. And I really look forward to seeing more friends in the future.
Last but not least, I would like to show my special appreciation to Yas-chan for arranging our sightseeing in Istanbul. Your discounting prices technique was really amazing;) You can be a professional tour guide only if you work out your leg muscles, and practice riding a bicycle. I really enjoyed our day trip to Princes' Island even though I got a flat tire. Hope that I can visit there again one day:D
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