Meet our Guests: Clara Gonzalez Camín
“Ziferblat is not just a place where really wonderful people meet. If you come, you’re bound to have really great experiences. It doesn’t matter if you have social anxiety, you don’t need an excuse to come here. It’s a great way for everyone to get out of their comfort zone without even realizing. At Ziferblat, it feels so natural to talk to people, like you’re not taking that big step. You can speak freely and be yourself”
Clara is one of our most active volunteers and guests. She has been in London for 2 months and been a regular at Ziferblat almost since the beginning of her stay. Clara comes all the way from Madrid to London for a 3-months internship at Prowl Magazine.
Ziferblat’s Mille met up with Clara to hear more about her internship and the guide she recently published on how to speak freely, hugely inspired the social event We Speak Freely, which takes place at Ziferblat every Friday from 7-11 PM
Mille: “Clara, tell me the story of how you got your internship?”
Clara: “I learned about Prowl Magazine through social media and got the internship by ‘blackmailing’ the editor-in-chief, Lisa. I was really bored in class one day (Clara studies Anthropology at University in Madrid red.), and was browsing the web on my phone and reading about Prowl Magazine when I found Lisa’s picture. Spontaneously, I decided to make a drawing of her. I posted the drawing on Instagram and tagged Lisa. She got in contact and said she really loved it and we started sending emails back and forth to each other. She asked me to tell her more about my story, and I answered: “How about I come to London, work with you for 3 months over the summer and tell you all about it”. She accepted, and now I’ve been in London for 2 months.
I needed to get away from Madrid, to find myself again and reconsider everything in my life. To be on my own basically and away from the comfort of friends and family.”
M: “How did you hear about Ziferblat and can you tell me about your first experience here?”
C: “3 days after my arrival in London I went out with Lisa to experience some experimental theatre organised by the group Experimental Experience we had been discussing and collaborating with, and here I met David (Ziferblat, We Speak Freely/I Talk to Strangers red.) and he told me and Lisa about We Speak Freely. The following Friday I went to Ziferblat for his event. It was so heartwarming and welcoming to see all these people talk and engage in conversations for hours. I knew I had discovered a special place and I’ve been a regular ever since.”
M: “And we’re SO happy for this!”
C: “It is so great to have Ziferblat, because the only person I knew when I arrived was my boss, and I only knew her because we chatted over email. Now I feel so at home in London, I’m bound to come back.”
M: “You just published an article for Prowl Magazine (congrats!) inspired by your experience at the We Speak Freely event?”
C: “I told Lisa what I had experienced at the We Speak Freely event, she hasn’t been yet, and she was like; “this sounds like something really special, why don’t you write something?”, and I sat down and started writing my article. But soon Lisa and I realized I shouldn’t just make it a walk through of what happens at We Speak Freely. Instead, we decided that I did my own guide on how to speak freely, whether it’s to your family, friends, strangers, work mates or whoever, because we all speak to people every day. The guide also suggests and recommends you to go to Ziferblat, if you want to start speak freely in a safe place – not just for the We Speak Freely but on any other day. ”
M: “What motivated you to write your we-speak-freely-guide?”
C: “As someone new to London, Ziferblat really helped me to find and connect with people. This is what is so magical about Ziferblat, you just connect with people and no one judges you which is so great.”
M: “What will you do when you pack up and go back to Madrid?”
C: “I want to take everything I’ve learned in London and be the same person I have been here, in Madrid. I was really different back in Madrid, I was not open to new things and was constantly in my comfort zone, among friends, and that was it. Here in London you need to get out there, take your chances, and it’ll be fine, and if you mess up with a person it doesn’t matter, it’s not the end of the world. As long as you’re secure and confident with what you do, all is going to be fine.”
M: “How did Ziferblat help the positive change? And do you have any final words, you would like to say to us?”
C: “You guys help to me to become stronger and overcome my fears. Ziferblat is not just a place where really wonderful people meet. If you come, you’re bound to have really great experiences. It doesn’t matter if you have social anxiety, you don’t need an excuse to come here. It’s a great way for everyone to get out of their comfort zone without even realizing. At Ziferblat, it feels so natural to talk to people, like you’re not taking that big step. You can speak freely and be yourself”
The interview ended with a big and long hug.
Ziferblat would like to thank Clara for all the time, love and energy she has put into making this place. It’s people like you, Clara, who makes Ziferblat as special and magical as it is. Thank you for being you.
On behave of the London Ziferblat team, lots of gratitude and good luck in the future,
Your host, Mille
P.S. We will miss you! Come back to London very soon!