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Past Smalltalk When Traveling

Hi Sebastian,

This is first time actually contacting you, or anybody through blog for that matter. But you make it almost too easy(you must be bombarded with e-mail, good luck!).

I'm interested to know your strategy or preference on maximizing meaningful conversations abroad or even back home. I mean do you have any particular tactic or is it mostly random. Any public places or events that stir up conversations with strangers, any small talk lines or questions(etc. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?) that lead to insight and good conversation.

I'm from Finland and I'm going to travel a bit in asia(Okinawa, Seoul, Katmandu, Bhutan) and I find conversations as the best way to learn and experience different cultures. It would be such a waste to do it randomly if it there's is a way to do it most efficient way.

If you have any book recommendations, please make them available in amazon.co.uk with your affiliate id I would be happy to support you somehow.

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

On I/O

Before we talk about who I am. I want to talk about who I want to become. The reason why I want to start with these goals and ambitions is because it is a big part of who I am today. When you think about a child, and you ask them what they want to be and they answer with "I want to be a firefighter," instantly you know a few things about them. They like trucks, ladders, dalmations, and helping people. If they respond with an astronaut, they like adventure, space, rockets, planets, and telescopes.

As for me, I want to become an Artist, and a children's book writer. What does that tell you about me? Well I love art, I like to draw, paint, sculpt but I also love to tell stories. And of course kids are a big part of my life. I work at The New Children's Museum in San Diego, California. I also work for a company called Claymunchkins which teaches clay workshops to children.

These ambitions shape my day to day life, from what I do with the three hours I have between jobs, to what I watch on netflix. I intend to continue to invest my time and energy to achieve these goals.

I bring this up because, it is one of the hardest things to do as an adult, think about what you really want to do and go about truely trying to live up to our own ambitions.

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