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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

It's definitely a small world, and sometimes you bump into people in the most unlikely places. But, what do you do when you bump into someone that you really don't want to?

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

walk on the other side of the pavement?
turn head to the side?
cover your face with a hand?
if they approach to you - 'I don't want talk"

3. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

I go and hide behind the beach-towel or I try to cover my face with a scarf.LOL!!

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I pretend I don't see them but if they see me and approch, I will talk to them for a little bit and make some excuse to leave. eg. "I have a bus to catch", "My friend is waiting for me" etc.

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

This is gonna sound really high and mighty but...

Give them a chance.

I saw someone I really didn't want to talk to in the most obscure place on the planet!! but ended up having to cos of some of the other people I ws with and it turned out my perception of them was slightly unfair!



6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

During the infamous bumping into my English teacher incident many years back, i just started laughing hysterically. It was a combination of the utter improbability of it all, obscure and random location, the fact that by then it was too late to avoid her, and the look on her face which is one memory i will never loose. And no, my grades didn't get any better when i went back to school...

Now though, i have to agree with Mim - definitely give them a chance, especially as people tend to change utterly when they are somewhere different etc. The only time when i think it would be tricky is in a similar situation witjh somebody that you don't like but is relevant (i.e. boss or someone high up in company). However, i'm very fortunate that where i currently work, there's nobody i would try and avoid or dislike, including the owner.

I must admit though, if i met my old boss from the Uk, it wouldn't be pretty...

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I keep a very long memory, and there's usually an exceptionally valid reason why I would not want to bump into any particular person. If the encounter is unavoidable, I either the blank the other person out, suggest they phone my office to make an appointment (consultancy fees would apply), OR simply tell him /her " ... Speak to your lawyer ..."

8. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

People who know me generally know that I HATE hypocrisy, so if that person doesn't want to talk to me (or I don't...) , I won't pretend!!! What's the point after all?

I generally go along very well with a lot of people, thought, so that kind of situation never happened to me while travelling...

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

depends on the situation

after drinking for 12 hours on a girly holiday, been roped into a pole dancing competition and then looking into the crowd to spot the accounting manager from work - well i kept on dancing and pretended not to see him, which worked until he showed me some pics when i got back to work,

at the end of a four week trip around Egypt with my boyfriend, arrived in Cairo very smelly, burned, frazzled, basically looked terrible, well we bumped into my ex and his very stylish new wife who had been ''roughing'' it in a 3 star hotel - we stopped and talked to them , telling them all about the dives we'd stayed in and giggled at their horrified faces, you can kind of guess they were snobs of the highest kind

in normal cases, just smile, if they want to talk then fine if they don't then its also fine, i'm also shortsighted and being easily distracted so i have a habit of not seeing people anyway...whoooops

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I suppose it depends on who I meet. I'm always uncomfortable when I spot who I think may be, for example, the sister of a long-lost friend who I haven't spoke to in 6 years because on the trip to visit her she was a little off her rocker and smacked my friend with a phone book. I usually find something interesting out the bus window to look at.

I agree with the "try it and see" philosophy, though. As with everything in life, you just never know. And the things we perceive as horrid are, more often than not, really not so bad.