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11. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

To look on the bright side, the a$#holes also move on!

In all seriousness, I agree it is sad. I once stayed in one town in Australia for nearly 3 weeks, merely because I liked the company.

And then you always say you'll stay in touch, exchange emails, blah blah blah. Inevitedly, you send a few emails, but after a while you think, what do I really have to say to this person that I haven't seen in so long?

I think Fight Club hit the nail on the head with "Single Serving Friends". And maybe a single serving friend isn't a bad thing.

Oh well. I do think though that you meet some people and for whatever reason you do stay in touch. I have friends from Ireland who have come over to visit a few times, I still text with frequency and we're trying to arrange an Everest Base Camp trek in 08. Can't really say why I've stayed in touch with them over others I've met, but I'm glad I have.

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Indeed, great post, Sander. For some reason, I always feel most "myself" when I'm travelling - especially if I'm travelling alone. Anyone else notice that? It's as if all the relationship criteria is erased, and you're no longer an employee, daughter/son, coworker, friend, etc., and instead fully yourself - without boundries. And I suppose that's why we usually end up being ships that pass in the night - solitary people who meet up and are completely themselves for a little while. Who else but those strangers get to meet the real us?

Great points Tway.

I was with a group once and the topic of "so what do you do" came along, and one guy says he's a doctor.

Later that night he told that he's really a truck driver, but people don't really take him seriously when they know what his real job is.

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

It is kind of sad, but it's part of travel. And you'd be amazed at how many people you meet again, sometimes days, sometimes years later, in the most random places.

Traveling is 90% the people that you meet and who's lives you briefly interact with - in all respects - but it really would not be the same (or as good) if that didn't happen, and you end up with the same people all the time.

Doesn't neccessarrily help though. Travel is, essentially, one long break up.

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

I like the Single Serving Friends thing too, and it is nice if you can view it like that. You are lucky even to meet such great ppl even if it is just once.

I met someone on my travels who reminded me of a few things I had forgetten about myself, I felt like a part of me had woken up again after I met them, and naturally I wanted to keep them with me, but maybe that is all I needed, just that short time with them. I just hope that I give something to ppl too, whether I realise it or not.

And, as for what Rich said, I am shocked, really genuinely shocked at where I have run into ppl I have already met!! Its crazy - totally different continents, remote places, and there they are...and it's great. You tend to fling yourselves upon each other in surprise! :)

The world is big, but it's not that big. ;)

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting samsara2

I like the Single Serving Friends thing too, and it is nice if you can view it like that. You are lucky even to meet such great ppl even if it is just once.

I met someone on my travels who reminded me of a few things I had forgetten about myself, I felt like a part of me had woken up again after I met them, and naturally I wanted to keep them with me, but maybe that is all I needed, just that short time with them. I just hope that I give something to ppl too, whether I realise it or not.

And, as for what Rich said, I am shocked, really genuinely shocked at where I have run into ppl I have already met!! Its crazy - totally different continents, remote places, and there they are...and it's great. You tend to fling yourselves upon each other in surprise! :)

The world is big, but it's not that big. ;)

Again you make some great points Evelyn. Particularly the one about meeting people that remind you of a few things that you've forgotten about yourself. That's a really fantastic observation.

I was in London once, and bumped into a guy named Steve from university in Tesco on Oxford Street. Anyway, after talking to him, I go into the next aisle and there's someone else there from university. Three people from the same year from UWS in Tesco.

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