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|Just missing his eyepatch and bandanna|
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.Maya Angelou
From the last Strangers We Know, I shared the experience of meeting Bing & Christopher en route to Koh Samui. I met up with another friend on that island, Mr. G. He's from Australia. I'm from the Philippines. We first met in Germany and a year later, in Thailand. Talk about an
We were introduced by a mutual friend, Insa at a winefest in Wurzburg, Germany. Mr. G was visiting Insa who had stayed with him in Oz a few years back. Here's what I thought of Mr. G when I first saw him:
He looked like a pirate. A very friendly, jolly looking pirate.
|Lois, Mr. G and Insa at the winefest|
|with Berkant and Jochen at the winefest|
When I came back to the Philippines from Europe, I didn't expect to see Mr. G again. But we kept in touch along with other people I met in Germany. I even convinced him to sign up for couchsurfing, an organization I joined in order to meet other travelers from all over the world.
In September of this year, I sent him a message on facebook because I was traveling to Thailand and I know he often visits there. I was so excited when he replied he was going to be in Thailand on the same dates and even sent me photos of his little hut in Koh Samui! So I visited him on coconut island and met his local friends. He offered me an extra room at the resort he was staying and took me on a guided tour of Koh Samui. He was practically a local himself! This time, we partied in Koh Pangan on Full Moon Party night and had buckets of booze instead of glasses of wine.
|It seems I'm always drinking in pictures with this guy..|
Have you ever made friends with fellow travelers? Did you keep in touch? Share your stories with the Sole Sisters!
On the next Strangers We Know, I’ll be sharing the serendipitous experience of meeting Thibault. We met while waiting in line for tickets to watch Ave Q on Broadway in New York. I met him again in his hometown in Nancy, France a few months later.
Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois