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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2012, 10:41:00 AM »
I was in Florida once, met a couple from my hometown in Massachusetts.

Didn't see them again until I ran into them on the Vegas strip 10 years later.

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2012, 03:07:09 PM »
Stopped at a McDonald's about three hours from where we lived...and ended up at a table next to a woman who worked in the office next to where I worked.  They were coming back from where we were going, and said it was wonderful.

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2012, 05:27:01 PM »
When I was 17 we traveled from Texas to California to go to Disneyland.  We were in the middle of a crowd when Mom felt someone grab her arm.  She thought it was a purse-snatcher -- but it was her uncle and aunt. (Uncle nearly got punched in the snoot!) They lived in Idaho, and they had no more than a polite Xmas-card relationship with Mom, so neither knew that they were going to be in Disney at the same time.  If you wanted to meet with someone there but just decided to look for each other rather than set up a time & place, what would be the odds that you could find one another?

And the language thing happened to us also.  We were in front of Buckingham Palace waiting for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and an Italian gentleman right next to us asked a companion for the time.  Companion didn't know, but DH did, and answered in Italian.  (Not a language he was fluent in, but he knew a little.)  The gentleman was very pleased to find someone who could talk to him, and even more tickled that we were tourists, just as he was.
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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2012, 01:23:26 AM »
Two years ago we travelled to the USA (Australian here), whilst in Vegas in the Hooters Casino we ran into another Aussie couple from Perth (We Melbourne), we didnt know them but said hello anyway, the accent is what we heard first.,

They were travelling to LA and Hawaii next, funnily enough, so were we!... Even stranger, they were staying at the same hotel as us in Hawaii!!! So we exchanged phone numbers and arranged to meet up in Hawaii..

We get to LA and are strolling down Venice Beach and pop into some of the shops, Steve gets grabbed from behind and spins around ready to deck whoever it was. Turns out it was the same couple!!!

We ended up driving them around Hawaii giving them "our" tour :)


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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2012, 09:49:13 AM »
We were in San Diego and taking a taxi to the airport.

As often happens, the driver asked where we were from.  It developed that he had lived for years only a few blocks from us and had been a driver for the car service we use at home. 

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2012, 11:12:19 AM »
One more.

Although we love to visit Chicago, on our first visit, the hotel lobby was almost as much fun as the rest of the city. 

Unbelnownst to us when we booked, our hotel was headquarters for three major events.  There was the Chicago Triathlon, the cheerleader auditions for the Adora-Bulls, and the annual convention of the International gay Rodeo Association.     

Asa result, the lobby was often filled with Marlboro Men, Barbie Dolls and damp people with numbers painted on their arms. 

You can't make this stuff up. 

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2012, 06:03:20 AM »
This is not so much a travel story as I was living there, but...

Years and years ago I was living in Glasgow. I met an Aussie in a pub and he asked me where I grew up. I told him my suburb and he replied that he only knew one guy from there, R. As it turns out R was the first boy I ever kissed.  :o

As for surreal moments, there is a wonderful natural optical illusion in Scotland, The Electric Brae. I'm sure someone here will be familiar with it. You can park your car, leave it in neutral and you would swear on your granny's grave that the car was rolling UPhill. Amazing!

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2012, 10:37:14 AM »
As for surreal moments, there is a wonderful natural optical illusion in Scotland, The Electric Brae. I'm sure someone here will be familiar with it. You can park your car, leave it in neutral and you would swear on your granny's grave that the car was rolling UPhill. Amazing!

I've never heard of this before, but now I really want to go there!

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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2012, 10:39:35 AM »
A close family friend was filmed for a documentary a few years ago.
He has a very inspirational story about overcoming handicaps and all that.

My husband was disappointed that he missed most of the show when it aired. 
But he eventually saw the rest of it.  In a lobby of a hotel in Mexico.  Dubbed in Spanish.

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2012, 10:40:17 AM »
There are several of these in the USA as well.  They usually have nick-names like 'Mystery Hill'. 

Supposedly, it's an optical illusion but I've never quite understood the explanations. 

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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2012, 08:29:37 PM »
My husband and I went to the bay area and somehow ended up in a trailer park at night.  I gues we took awrong turn and couldn't find our way out.  We drove round and round and round.  How we got out I have no idea (but we must have because here I am, at home 25 years later.  :P)
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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2012, 02:36:33 AM »
We go to a festival in the Nevada desert every summer- it's pretty surreal in and of itself.  We were traipsing along, checking out the art and having a generally great time, singing "Yes, We Have No Bananas" as loudly as we could, laughing our silly noggins off.  And then, we saw these guys walking toward us...

http://galleries.burningman.com/photos/scottlondon/scottlondon.43291?text=banana&b=true#pastheader

(I tried to embed the photo, but am a little technically inept today)

After we picked our jaws up off the ground, we essentially lost it, and laughed until we were both crying.
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Re: Surrealism in Travel
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2012, 03:19:30 AM »
Late in our trip through China, we were having lunch on a mezzanine floor of a large restaurant, when all of a sudden, two brides and grooms appeared in the restaurant downstairs and they held the weddings right there. I was fascinated, and watched for ages. I didn't understand a word of it, but the whole thing seemed much more like a game show than a wedding. One of the grooms seemed to pick up and carry around his mother-in-law at one stage, the celebrant seemed to tell a lot of jokes, given how much the guests were laughing, and the guests were served their meal and started eating while the wedding was in progress.

On the theme of coincidences - we ran into friends of DH's at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. They and we had been living in a small town in rural Australia, and male friend had been in the US studying for 12 months. And met up as we were leaving, and they arriving at a particular location in Scotland!