Friday, April 6, 2018

Woow Go Lesson Of The Day: The Universe Is Tiny

It's Christmas Eve hither inward Bangkok, together with it feels foreign to live inward the cloying warmth, without the snowfall together with serious frostbite, together with without my family. Traveling rarely leaves me feeling empty inside, partly because the euphoria of my collective experiences carries me higher upwards whatsoever fleeting loneliness, together with partly because I've had the the rug gets pulled out from nether my feet, together with I teach by to stumble across the same people inward completely different, seemingly unrelated places. The exciting foods, the divergent cultures, the myriad of transportation stories, the colourful locals: these all differ from house to place. But the complacency constituent together with drenched-in-destiny smallness of the universe convey both remained immutable.

During my months inward South America, I was amazed at how I kept running into the same people spell traipsing through novel countries. Granted, in that location is a fairly entrenched 'backpacker circuit' etched into the continent, merely I was zigzagging some haphazardly together with yet soundless bumped into familiar faces, fourth dimension together with fourth dimension again. The culmination of my backpackery astonishment came when the door to my hostel inward Valparaiso, Republic of Chile opened at midnight, together with inward walked ii guys I had met three countries together with half-dozen weeks ago. Needless to say, jaws dropped.

Then, Helen Yuet Ling Pang of semi-disaster of a weekend that preceded it (spoiler: nosotros couldn't notice the Wall). Helen mentioned that it mightiness live a mutual occurrence; she also went to Jiankou together with saw sleeping bags inward the turrets of the Great Wall's towers. The affair is: camping ground on the wall is illegal, together with huge signs some the wall reiterate equally much to anyone passing by. Further, I checked amongst my friends who alive inward Beijing (and who military camp in that location fairly often) together with they insisted that they convey never run into whatsoever other campers. I went dorsum to Helen. "Are you lot certain you lot saw sleeping bags when you lot were there?" I asked. She was positive. So I checked my timestamps on the photos together with told her I was in that location on the nighttime of Oct 17, 2008. She took a await at her pictures together with certain plenty her timestamp was from Oct 18th. My friends are inward her pictures, sleeping peacefully inward the nooks together with crannies of the crumbling wall. Bridged past times a random interaction together with fueled past times technology, I had venture proof of how tiny the public tin be. The coincidence divide of blew my mind.

Today, however, I flora fifty-fifty greater prove that the universe is bewilderingly tiny. I initially stumbled over to the first-class Dry Valleys spider web log via link aggregator MetaFilter. Chronicling Michael Becker's "slightly terrified journeying inward Antarctica," the spider web log is extremely engaging together with the narrative at times humorous, at times educational together with e'er interesting. His photographs are also fantastic; the scenes otherworldly together with completely saturated amongst colour. I tweeted a link to his blog, left a comment together with added him to my blogroll. Today, I left some other comment together with he sent me a quick email, noting that he had perused my spider web log together with that he also had been on Gili Trawangan inward the summer. "It would live a crazy coincidence" he added "if you lot had been in that location at the same time". Well, equally you've probable guessed, nosotros were on Gili Trawangan at just the same time. Not exclusively that, merely nosotros randomly met spell eating a tiffin of $1 nasi campur this past times July, together with bonded over our mutual dear of Montreal. He left me his e-mail address, merely amongst my trip to Lombok together with birthday volcano climbs, I never wrote. And today, I dug upwards my notebook from the depths of my backpack, together with in that location it was: Michael Becker, amongst a footnote that read loves Montreal; tin possess got spicy nasi campur.

 together with it feels foreign to live inward the cloying warmth Woow Travel Lesson of the Day: The Universe is Tiny
Picture from The Dry Valleys: Michael's colleague Seth at Taylor Glacier inward Antarctica

It's difficult to believe the guy emailing from a tent at the southern ends of the globe was the same tanned guy I shared some chicken together with rice amongst a few months ago. Stranger soundless was the convoluted serial of coincidences that led us to tally today.

What is the lasting legacy of these insane coincidences? Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lesson nosotros were all taught equally children, merely ane that oftentimes fades into the background over time: live dainty to everyone you lot meet, because you lot never know when your paths volition cross again.

Happy holidays, everyone! All the best for 2010.