The end of December officially marked 1 year in Cardiff for me, which is insane because it feels like only yesterday that I packed up my life and moved here with 3 weeks notice before opening my own store. At the same time, though, it feels like a lifetime ago that I was living in Reading with my mum and sister. So, so many things in my life have changed. My life in Cardiff is a world away now from the one I used to lead.
Since moving here, I’ve had a lot of requests for a post on how to make friends in a new city. And while I, by no means, consider myself a pro, I thought I might as well share what I have learnt.
Now don’t get me wrong… I wasn’t trying to replace the friends I already had.
The problem when you move is that you begin to realise that we’re not all the same. When you’re not living the same life as you did with your friends [wake up, go to work, go to the gym, dating, eat, go out.], priorities become very real.
There are people that will still go out every night, rolling into work hungover but somehow magically presentable.
There are people that get married and have babies right away.
There are those that fly through work, pouring themselves into everything, climbing and climbing… This is the category I fall into at the moment!
Then there are those who are slowly trying to figure it out – manage a balance of work life and enjoying adulthood.
My life in Cardiff really began though, when I discovered Citysocializer…
When I first moved here, my life was so busy that I couldn’t always rely on my friends being free to visit and to do what I wanted with, when I wanted. So often I found myself missing out and staying in when all I wanted to do was go out and let my hair down.
Whether you’re new in town, or your friends are out of town, Citysocializer lets you enjoy a great social life without the pain of organizing one. An easy way to fill in those last minute moments when you feel like going out.
Members are fun-loving and sociable people…like me… who organize cool nights out and activities for the rest of us to join in with- from after-work drinks and checking out the latest pop-up restaurants, to running groups, book clubs, festivals, holidays and everything in between.
Once you’ve been to a few you’re encouraged to host your own social to pay back to your local community… I’m now an official host and regularly host socials each month, including my regular Tapas Tuesday night and Breakfast Club.
Citysocializer is a subscription-based social networking website. The mobile and web-based service helps you tap into local social scenes and has now announced that it’s going freemium as it looks to drive growth in cities across the UK.
Founded in 2007 as Citysocialising by former BBC producer Sanchita Saha, the app rebranded as Citysocializer back in June just as it rolled out its first native mobile app (iOS). Though it’s currently very UK-centric, Citysocializer has been looking to push into the broader social sphere with a subscription-based approach to finding new friends anywhere in the world. Citysocializer’s app even plots social gatherings on a map to let you see local activities at a glance.
To announce the exciting launch of Citysocializer being launched in New York you can join Citysocializer using my unique link below which will give you 10 free credits when you sign up, giving you the chance to join a social for free and see what it’s all about.
To make this launch even more exciting, if you join using the link below you will be entered into a fantastic competition…
Citysocializer are giving you and a friend a chance the chance to discover The Big Apple in 5*style!
Win a 3 night break* including return flights and…
- – 3 nights at 5* Soho Grand Hotel
- – A helicopter tour of NYC
- – Tickets to the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty
- – Tickets to top of the world famous Rockafeller Centre
- – Hop on Hop off Buss Passes for 3 days
- – Return private car transfers