10 Amazing "Small World" Encounters

We recently asked readers to share their experiences of traveling somewhere far from home only to encounter someone from their hometown...or from their past. You sent us dozens of great stories. Here are the 10 most surprising ones.

Posted by: Kathy Stafford | May 21, 2007

#2 I had just brought our newborn home from a New Jersey hospital when I received a phone call from a friend in Australia. He called to congratulate me. I asked how he heard the news. He told me that his father was walking down the street in Bangkok, and his father had bumped into a mutual friend of ours from Germany. Our friend from Germany told his dad the news and then his dad called our Australian friend who then called me. It just amazed me that people could be discussing my happiness thousands of miles away!

Posted by: Gloria | May 21, 2007

#1 My Uncle & his family were on a driving trip, visiting national parks out west. My then 10-year-old cousin enjoyed signing them in at all the visitor center guest books. At one particularly obscure park in Utah, he said, "hey dad, there was a guy with our last name here today". When my uncle checked, it was the name of his long-estranged father, whom my uncle hadn't seen since his parents divorced when he was only 3. They asked the ranger on duty when that person had been there (it was dated the same day), and the ranger said, "Oh, he left about 10 minutes before you arrived, asked for directions to Dead Horse Point." So they quickly drove there themselves, and had a family reconciliation. This was nearly 30 years ago, and it still gives me shivers!

Posted by: Tammy Fine | May 21, 2007

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