It’s a small world after all – a short story

Yesterday: We took a local bus in Valparaiso, Chile to a long haul 90 minute bus to Santiago, to a local bus to the airport. Then we flew to Montevideo, Uruguay, and then took a local bus into town.

A visual:

Bus-> Bus -> Bus -> Plane -> Bus

And we still weren’t at our hostel after this – we had to take a cab. So when I saw a girl with a big backpack get off the bus with us, I asked if she wanted to “compartir” (share) a taxi. We shared a taxi, with me in the back with her and David in the front.

Ciudad Viejo, Montevideo

Turns out she is from Chile and her name is Daniella. After speaking to her for about 2 minutes, I told her I had a strange question and asked her if she’d mail my 6 postcards that had Chilean stamps on them, which I’d forgotten to mail while still in Chile, when she went home. And she said yes! We’ll see if they make it – I know it’s a bit strange to ask a stranger to carry your post cards across several countries and mail them – but everyone here is so nice so I figured why not (and what else was I going to do with them?). If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 6 people who receive a post card with a Chilean stamp, know that it traveled long and far!

Today we went for a walk on the path along the sea – and who did we run into but Daniella! We greeted each other with hugs and kisses, as is the custom down here, and chatted for a while. We might be in a foreign country, but we still manage to run into people we “know”. It’s a small world after all!

The sun setting from the seaside walkway

PS We have a lot more to write and have been meeting a lot of awesome people. Hopefully push some more out soon!

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