Friday, December 10, 2010

Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide...

Its a small world after all!

In spite of being geographically enormous there are times when the world feels oh so small.
A few things have happened recently to remind me of that fact...

I was traveling with friends in the tiny town of Salzburg Austria last week.
One of the girls traveling with us heard her name called and turned to discover a neighbor from Virginia standing right there in front of her.
Neither knew the other had a trip planned and as lovely as it is, a side street in Salzburg is a somewhat out of the way spot to run into a neighbor.

The author of Expats Again lives in Munich and reads my blog.
I'm not sure if she shares her name so I'm just going to call her Expats Again.
Anyway, we have never met in person but were hoping to work something out when I was in Germany last week.
If you read my blog you know I was delayed getting there so I was already a day behind starting out.
Since I missed the Munich day of our itinerary a meeting never occurred but the day after I got home she sent me an email.
Turns out she'd spent that day at a tea hosted by the Women's Club in Munich and
guess who was in the seat beside hers?
You guessed it...
she was seated beside the very friend I'd been staying with in Germany.
They have a mutual friend and when Expats Again heard my friend A mention she'd had a houseful of visitors she asked if one of them was me.
Who else loves this story?

This morning I learned that a neighbor I've just recently gotten to know is the sister in law and best friend of someone I knew in England.
Facebook connected the dots.

Do you have a small world story to share?
If so, I'd love to hear it....
Have a very merry weekend!

Oh, and if the song replays in your brain ad nauseum all weekend, don't thank me...thank Disney composers, Robert and Richard Sherman.


  1. Wow! You're right - it IS a small world! And thanks for the link to Expats Again's blog. She's been following mine but I couldn't figure out how to find hers (never thought to google it ha!). Wishing you a blessed weekend, too!

  2. I LOVE and miss all the little connections. The Expat world is definitely the smallest. fun story!

  3. My husband met another local pastor at the gym this week. They got to talking and discovered that they both have roots in the same area of eastern Kentucky. A little more conversation led to the discovery that they are distantly related. Of course, maybe that's not such a remarkable thing since so many people in Kentucky are related. : )

  4. WOW I don't have a story to share, but man do I love yours. You are right, it's a small world after all.

  5. I don't have a story like that at the moment, but wanted to say hi. Thanks for stopping by today, Joyce. Oh, happy tile shopping in the midst of all the other Christmas stuff that you need to get done. :) When that bathroom is all done, you'll be a happy lady.

  6. I think you know this from my blog, but remember how I found on Facebook that my college roommate only lives a few blocks from me. Or the fact that I reconnected with her because one of my good friends who happens to be my husbands high school sweetheart (we became friends 20 years after the fact due to our children being in the same activities but that's another story & run on sentence)

  7. No but I love small world stories! It always amazes me when it happens! What a wonderful trip you had. Have a great weekend!

  8. That is so cool! I was wearing my Kansas State University sweatshirt at California State University when a girl came up to me and asked where I was from. "Wichita," I said. "Well actually a little town named Derby, but no one's ever heard of it, so I just say Wichita." Then she said, "I'M from Derby!" Turns out she graduated the year after me from the same highschool.

  9. I love that story. That is so great! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  10. I don't think I have a story...hmm...and at the present time my weary body and mind won't let me recall any, even if I DID have one. Maybe another day. *little smile*
    BUT I looooved your stories! How awesome! It IS indeed a small world, Joyce, with the explosion of technology.
    I read this week that there are 500 MILLION users on FB alone! I can hardly wrap my brain around that. AND they represent 73 countries! And I am ONE of those 500 million! Egads!
    Loved your post and the previous one telling of your shopping adventures in Europe! Sooo interesting!

  11. Wow,truth is stranger than fiction sometimes!

  12. Yes, it really is a small, small world. It seems that no matter where we go that we are going to always run into someone we know and most often, someone from nearby. Such a fun story!

    Heavenly blessings for a great week-end!

  13. That is a wonderful story. I love this small world. I can't think of one right now but I know I have had several!

  14. It IS a small world. My small world story: Started our blog when we moved to Switzerland and began reading other blogs - mostly USA based. Left a comment on a blog which was followed by another reader. The reader read enough of my blog to say "hey- I think your Worship pastor in IA was my choir leader in MO but I now live in MN" Sure enough, he was one and the same. A year later, I met the reader's best friend in Hungary on a missions retreat trip and then the reader herself on a trip to MN.
    I would never have thought I would have "friends met on the Internet" but..... :)