Just out of curiousity, how have you met friends in past cities you’ve lived in? What have you tried in DC? How do you find it different? Genuinely curious – for me, this city hasn’t felt different from making friends in any of the other places I’ve lived. Now that I’ve been here a couple years, I kind of have the opposite problem: so many friends that I don’t have enough time to keep up meaningful friendships with ALL of them! (and i’m an introvert, to boot). So, don’t give up.
for meeting new people I suggest the Couchsurfing community, any kind of workshop or class series, music or dance groups (square dance at St. Stephens!), or get involved with something (anything!) as a volunteer. . . . there are tons of good people around, but you have to put out some effort, just like making new friends anywhere. Once I meet someone with whom I want to be friends, I like to invite them over for dinner or to do some activity together. Like a friend date. It really works!