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I like talking to strangers

I like talking to strangers


Stranger danger - an alien concept to me.  Rather than proceed with caution I throw caution to the wind and view strangers as an exciting prospect, another person with whom to converse, a potential new best friend.

My predilection for acquainting myself with the unacquainted started at a young age. With four of us in my family, seating on board planes set out in rows of three could have proved problematic. But it wasn't: I always insisted on sitting apart from my kin as I knew there was somebody in row 15F that couldn't wait to meet me - they just didn't know it yet. Such was my youthful exuberance, mettle and delusion.

Looking back I reach out to those poor, unsuspecting souls and ask their forgiveness for the onslaught of incessant chatter and prattle which invariably followed our encounter.

Whilst age and maturity have marginally tempered my unbridled zeal, my compulsion to engage random people in conversation is a trend which continues to this very day.

 This is me with a Brazilian guy that I met on the plane to Peru in 2009.


This is me with two Brazilian guys that I met on the plane coming back from Peru. (Is it just me or does anyone else have the sudden urge to up sticks and move to Brazil??  Love you Craigy Boy. xxxx)


This is me and Tyler. We were on the plane together on our way to Denver, Colorado in 2012. He was the perfect southern gentleman and held my hand when turbulence hit. 


And just in case you're thinking the GW only bonds with strangers of the male persuasion, here I am with a lovely group of girls that I met on a flight to Arizona in 2006.


Let it be known throughout the land that the GW loves strangers of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and backgrounds!


If I didn't have a mortgage, bills and baking ingredients to pay for I think I'd seek employment as one of those greeters you find at Disney or at Walmart.  You know the ones - the people who meet you at the gate/door and welcome you with such warmth and affability that they make you feel special, like you're the only person they have encountered that entire day. I can see it now. No, really. I can see it now, arms outstretched ready to embrace and envelope!  


When all is said and done people are generally good, kind, friendly and willing to talk to you if you're willing to talk to them.  So don't delay, Warriors!  Engage a  perfect stranger in conversation this very day.  At the very least you'll end up exchanging pleasantries about the weather but you could also find in that person a life-long kindred spirit.  You just never know until you try.


Ginger Warrior, over and out. 


P.S.  You want more?  Of course you want more!  Here is a short video of me engaging some perfectly wonderful strangers in conversation in NYC.  :)

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  1. I had a lovely best friend at school with ginger hair. Always wanted to swop my dark brown mop of hair with hers. Love reading your interesting Blog, keep up the great work, will keep coming back for more, love Zephyr x

  2. Thanks for brightening up my day . I agree people are awesome and it’s important for us to connect with one another Julie x

  3. You are pretty much the person I always wanted to be! I am much to scared to talk to strangers. I love this!

  4. I love speaking to people. It must run in the family cause I’ve always said Ian Beth & I are retiring (once Lewis is settled) to work in Disneyland Orlando. Ian is going to drive the trains taking you to your car, Beth in the ice cream shop &America out & about welcoming people to the park!!! Counting the days xx

  5. You are funny…I love how larry on the subway realises, very quickly, that Craig is a patient man!! I also love your American accent. Reminds me of our culture eating trip in ’98.

  6. This was so great! The video was my favorite! I want to see MORE of those! I love this about you and wish I could be more like that! I am trying…

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Glad you like the videos Lizzy, I really enjoy doing them and have loads more in the pipeline!! xoxoxo

  7. Aww? What a sweetheart you are; a gem/gift to the world. I love you.

  8. Such a fun video my Ceri! I used to have some of that zero inhibition around strangers and love for all I saw spark but it’s gotten buried somewhere along the way. Watching you makes me want to dig deep and reignite it. You radiate, sweet friend!

  9. Ceri D you are so brilliantly funny! I loved loved loooooved the video! My particular favourite bit was from the visitor centr on meeting mclements and discovering he commuted to aberdeen u wailing “my dad works in Aberdeen made me actual lol. Fantastic blog. Looking forward to seeing reading more. Keep up the Burrrrrilliant work ♥ xx

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Hey Lynsey P! So glad you liked the video. I like making them. Lol! I bet your guys are having a fab time with you mum. Malaysia is definitely on my list of places to visit. Tell your mum I might be gatecrashing!! 😉 Thank you so much for signing up to my blog. xxxxxxx

  10. This is one of my favourites. You are amazing. Xx

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