THIS WEEK’S STRANGER:
The story behind the stranger: This story is the best one yet. I hopped onto the tube at Covent Garden station just as the doors were closing and pretty much bumped into Sofia. When I looked up to apologise I realised we were wearing the same scarf. I told her she was wearing a great scarf and she laughed and said I was too. We laughed about how the fluff from the scarf always gets stuck on things and how frustrating it is, then fell silent for a while. We just so happened to be getting off at the same stop, so once we were off the train I told Sofia about #smilewithastranger and asked her if she wanted to take part. She said she loved the idea, was happy to have a picture with me and we continued to talk all the way through the station, exchanging our Instagram handles so we could stay in touch. It turns out we have a lot in common, work only minutes away from each other and are due to go for a coffee sometime soon. I’ve really got my money’s worth with that scarf!
I set up #smilewithastranger in order to celebrate brilliant people doing brilliant things and to champion those that go unnoticed. I take photos with people I meet, ask their name and job title (if relevant) and then post the selfies on my Instagram account.