Travel kismet in the Galapagos – #GoGalapagos.
It’s happened more times than I can count.
It started in Iceland just a few days on the very first leg of our RTW journey. We met someone at our campground who had been best friends, growing up in Connecticut, with two of my friends that I met and worked with in San Diego. It was bizarre. At the campground, we decided to Skype our friends back in the states and everyone was astounded that we had met, especially at a campground in another country. Our friends in San Diego were in total disbelief.
Little did I know this was just the beginning.
It’s a pattern that has continued throughout our travels – meeting someone in Paris, only to bump into them again the next day in another part of town. Finding friends of friends or family ties around the world. There have been countless times when we have met someone halfway around the world that knew someone we knew or had some other bizarre connection to our lives.
And it happened again in the Galapagos.
We were on the island of San Christobal and we decided to pop into a little shop for a beer and snacks. Outside a group of locals were playing Gin Rummy. There were limited seats but an older gentleman invited us to sit at his table. We got to talking and discovered that he spends half of the year in Toronto with family and that when he was younger he used to drive frequently to New York.
As the conversation progressed I noticed his accent wasn’t the same as other people we had met in Ecuador, and as I sat talking to him I couldn’t erase the image of one of my uncles in Lacedonia, Italy. He sounded just like him, looked like him and just all around reminded me of him.
Turns out I was right, we eventually discovered he was from Italy originally and grew up in the same area as my family!
The world really is a small place and the more I travel the smaller it becomes, proving to me that we are not as distant as we seem. We are all connected by an invisible golden thread, and to me that thread is the beauty of travel.
After this recent encounter I realized that almost everyone must have a story like this, and I would love to hear them. If you’ve ever bumped into someone while traveling or discovered a bizarre connection please let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to hear your stories!
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