OK so, about 25 years ago (I was 14 or 15) I responded to an article in my Teen magazine to be matched up with an English pen pal. I was matched up w/ a girl my age who was from Sheffield. We wrote back and forth religiously for years and years. We sent birthday gifts, Christmas cards and shared what music was in on each side of "the pond". She was studying to be a biochemist and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to "be" when I got out of college (University). Alas, after multiple moves on both our parts, graduationg from college, etc. we lost touch probably about 15 years into our writing friendship. I thought about her off and on and even tried to locate her before my first trip to London in 1999 - no luck. Well, about a year and a half ago I thought I would try and "Google" her name again. I tried it and her name and an e-mail address came up for a university where this person was a doctor. I wrote a quick note explaining who I was and apologizing if, in fact, this was not the correct person I was looking for. Not 15 minutes later I rec'd a respose of "Blimey, it's me". We have now been e-mail pals agin and it's crazy how our lives have run concurrent paths over the years. We both got married the same year and have daughters the same age. Well, I am now going to meet her face to face for the first time when I am in London (where she is now living). Half of me is scared of losing the novelty of our friendship since we've never met, but I guess it's just a bit like a TALF meeting after meeting up after only having exchanged e-mails over a period of time. I writing this to ask the questions :
1) What/where would be a great spot in London to meet up?
2) Have you ever had a similar experience and how did it go?
I am sure I am being silly, but would really love your suggestions on great places to meet up in London or anything else you want to share.
Thanks for your time and thoughts!