Local Troubles

Abby Joseph, Founder of Cultured Views


I’m not sure what it is about me that makes people want to confide in me, but I’ve always been a good listener. And, for some reason, people seem to think that I’m non-judgmental and easy to talk to. Maybe it’s because I don’t immediately offer advice or try to fix people’s problems. Or maybe it’s because I genuinely care about people and their stories. Either way, I’ve found that people are quick to open up to me – even complete strangers.

I think everybody has a story to tell, and we all need somebody to listen to us from time to time. So, if you ever need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to listen.

In the meantime, here are a handful of the tales I’ve heard from Americans along the way on my cross-country road trip. Bear in mind that I have been granted permission to share them. However, the names have been altered, and other facts have been left out for privacy reasons.


Key West, Florida

Woman doesn’t want her future gay stepson to bring his boyfriend to her wedding.

I highly recommend Key West, Florida if you’re searching for a location to mingle and have meaningful conversations with strangers. There’s always something noteworthy to discuss thanks to the constant influx of visitors, whether it’s the local climate, cuisine, libations, or family life.

Just about everybody you approach will respond positively to your attempt to start up a discussion. You should know that some of the locals are a little bit… eccentric. Yes, but that’s the exciting part, right? So if you want to meet new people and have some great conversations, Key West is the place to go.


Miami, Florida

Dad finds out that his 23-year-old son is not really his, and now the son wants to change his last name.

If you’re searching for a location to socialize and have meaningful talks with strangers, I definitely suggest Miami, Florida. Taking a stroll down the beach is usually a pleasant experience, and locals are often up for a discussion.

I’ve never had a difficulty starting up a conversation with someone in Miami. Whether it’s chatting about the current news or exchanging anecdotes about our lives, I always feel like I’m making a new friend when I connect with someone in Miami. If you’re ever in need of companionship or simply want to broaden your social circle, a trip to Miami is precisely what the doctor ordered. You won’t be let down at all!