But if we go back in time,when I was a teenager I had about 100 pen friends (pen pals) around the world many of which I have kept as friends through snail mail, e-mail or facebook even today.
Some of them I have met. Others vanished or I was always behind in my answering rhythm and they had no patience with me.
Anyway for me the correspondence of those days (that really helped me develop my English writing skills) is the Internet of today.
Through the Internet in blogland, facebook, the sea glass sites, the craft sites, instagram and more I have made many many new friends.
What I really always liked was the fact that at some point the friendship from vistual became real and we met in real life, in real time!
That's how I managed to visit Finland and Austria. I met my old life long pen friends there.
And in 2014 when I went to the States it was a combination of today and yesteryear, a life long pen pal and a sea glass site Internet friend.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well a couple of days ago I had the chance to meet some more virtual friends whose blogs I had been reading for some time.
Nicol of Χειροποιήματα της Νικόλ and Vicky of Ποδηλάτισσα blogs with her sweet daughter Demetra visited Thessaloniki and we met.
First we met at Georgia's aka Ahtida's house. I had met Georgia before and some more bloggers visited there to see the ladies from Athens. Although I was the new one there they all made me feel comfortable. They were Rena of Δια χειρός, whom I already knew, Maria of Morphoplasies, Yioula of Γιούλα Δημιουργίες Χαράς, Mary and Olympia of Old things,
Georgia's husband Demetres and Georgia had cooked some great food which we all savoured and the whole meeting was a success filled with laughter.
(photos by Olympia)Then the next day Nicol and the other ladies insisted that I should accompany them to an evening out. So I had the chance to meet some more ladies that I only knew through facebook like Glykeria of Έργα Τέχνης,Irene of Inandaroundmyhouse ,Madrina,Vasiliki and Adriana.
It was so nice to put face to name and facebook profile and get to know so many interesting lovely ladies.
Who said blogland or virtual world can't be beautiful. And I am happy those friendships that have formed in the cyber world have developed into real world friendships.