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Its A Small World

It’s A Small World

You take a holiday or a business trip, thousands of miles from home in a country never visited by you before, where you know no one and barely speak the language. You’ve barely arrived when you hear a cheery ‘Hello, fancy meeting you here’.

You look round, to see a neighbour from your home town, an old school friend, someone you haven’t seen or heard from in years. The phrase ‘it’s a small world’ seems inevitable.

In a World with a population in billions, meeting someone you know far from home seems a Hell of a coincidence, and it can be quite an extraordinary experience.

The odds can reduce if the country and city visited is popular for travel from your home town, due to travel agency promotions, discount airlines, popularity of the venue by word of mouth, etc. If you work in a certain line of business, then some countries may be frequently used as your business partners.

The World is actually huge. Even if you are well travelled, mark off the places you’ve been to in an atlas and the majority of places will still prove untouched, but you can still meet familiar, hopefully nice welcome faces, while many leagues from home.

One day, we will conquer the stars and as you step out of your landing pod on Centuri Prime’s third moon, don’t be surprised if you hear ‘hello, small universe, isn’t it?’

Arthur Chappell

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 27, 2015, 10:48 AM

My dad couldn´t go anywhere without someone knowing him.

UK_Writer wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:08 AM

We were sitting on a beach one day, on our annual holiday, 350 miles from home, when dad spotted a work colleague strolling across the beach too. Not too unusual as it was August, so peak holiday time and people do have to go somewhere for their holidays. Still a coincidence though.

Koalemos wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:42 AM

I remember many years ago visiting Hathersage in Derbyshire, where I met someone from my home town of Bolton. A couple of years later I met him again in Pwllheli and another time in the Isle of Man, yet I never ever saw him in Bolton.

Maplewinter wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:54 AM

When we went to Zante in October we got talking to one of the brother that owned the restaurant we ate at. It turned out that one of them used to live in the same town as me and worked at the factory just up from my mums house (she lives next to a huge field and the next thing up the road is the factory) he lived there till he split from his wife then came back to Greece.

MegL wrote on January 27, 2015, 2:20 PM

Yes, small world indeed. Would love to go star travelling but that is a bit far in the future for my timeline.

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:26 PM

Indeed. The experience of meeting a familiar face in an unfamiliar place is really quite extraordinary that the relationship between you and that person becomes stronger because of that experience.

melon1234 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:33 PM

It really is a small world, you can meet people in the most unexpected of places!

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 27, 2015, 10:23 PM

Yeah - a bit reassuring, isn't it? Which is lost on those who don't venture beyond their tried-&-true ...