Traveling around the globe 2013 to 2020 was a magical time and there were more than a few times where I had an unexpected encounter with friends or acquaintances who I knew from places far away. Sadly, I don’t think it has occurred since Covid started. I am hoping today is the first of many more “It’s A Small World” moments.Eliso from Argentina, Daniela from Peru, me from US, and Mika from Japan
Mika and I are traveling in Ethiopia and in the Holy City of Lalibela. There being a Civil War going on there are almost no other tourists here. We have seen less than 10 in 4 days in a town where normally there would be hundreds. Today we saw 2 below us by St. George Church as we watched the sunrise slowly cover the Church rooftop with golden sunlight. Taking pictures below were a couple of tourists and the only white people we saw today.
After an early dinner we walked to Sora Lodge to have a cold St. George beer and enjoy the sunset over the mountains. The couple from this morning were there sitting 20 feet from us and we enjoyed the sunset not talking at all. I had a thought that the woman looked vaguely familiar.
Afterwards the sun sank behind the mountains, hearing them speak rapid Spanish I wondered if they were from Madrid or Barcelona and asked the guy where they were from and he said, “I am from Argentina and she is from Peru.” I got a good look at her for the first time and thought Holy Moly but said, “Daniela?” She replied, “Yes?!?!”
I told her my name and it clicked for her. We had met on a rooftop Hostel in an obscure off the beaten track town in Tansen, Nepal 5 hours by bus south of Pokhara 10 years ago in December, 2013. Wishing we could have talked longer but the region is under 7PM curfew and we had get back to our hotels. I couldn’t be happier saying for the first time in almost 4 years “It’s a small world”. Optimistic there will be more to come.