Ali is from Somalia and wants to go home to see his mother. He came over and studied at university however he says he has somehow lost all of his ambition.
“ I think I am open minded and always willing to learn.”
We talk about living in England and I ask if he likes the weather, he simply says, “Not really… I get wet.”
I ask Ali about his plans for the future and if he sees himself getting home to his mother. He says,
“I am waiting for something to happen” he pauses “Some people make things happen” he looks at me and smiles, “Maybe I should make something happen.”
I smile and nod.
There was something very simple and charming about Ali. He then went and got me a cup of tea and a biscuit. Later that afternoon Ali taught me the basics of Arabic.
We both learnt something that day.
There is a guy with special needs called Darren. He sat beside me. Someone told me Darren likes girls in skirts. I was wearing a skirt. I asked Darren about the ring he was wearing. He told me his girlfriend gave it to him. I asked him what his girlfriend was like? He said, "She's lovely."
As I was speaking to Darren I overheard Ali talking to someone else, he referred to me as a journalist.