After twenty years in Manhattan, my family and I decided to move abroad to Barcelona for a year. It was terrifying, thrilling and challenging all at once, and I quickly learned the value of meaningful connections in a place where it’s not what you do but who you are that matters. 

It was also a place where getting to know one another is not done in thirty minute intervals across a series of appointments but by sharing a long meal over a leisurely afternoon full of deliberate, surprising, intimate conversation. In the end, I formed countless friendships that were in many ways deeper than those I had built over decades in New York, which got me thinking: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to keep that great, global conversation going?