Tuesday, April 27

It's A Small World After All

I am no longer surprised by the coincidences of life. They happen way too much now. Whether it's being in the same town at the same time as a friend on the other side of the world, or finding out you're actually the first cousin of that hot chick you've been checking out at a wedding, I've come to accept that sometimes the planets align and some really crazy stuff happens.

It's already happened more than once on this trip where so and so happened to know so and so really well, but for me the biggest pseudo-random-bumping-into was to see a friend who I hadn't seen for the past 16 years or so at the nikkah we had flown to South Africa for. Of course he happened to have been a friend of the groom. What else?

Don't get me wrong. I knew he was in Durban, I had his number and I had fully planned on making a courtesy call or even meeting up for a coffee or whatever the cool Durbanites happen to do. But to have him there at the nikkah, for him to have already been baked into the social circle I was currently invading, well that was just weird. He was even supposed to have come to Drakensberg.

The meeting turned out to be more than just a minor amusement though. Not only did we hook up but the bloke actually became quite a pivotal character in our trip - it's safe to say it would not have been as awesome without his input and efforts.

So yes. Some people call it luck, some people call it good grace. And although I've come to expect this kinda stuff happening all the time, there's no way I could ever not appreciate the way some things just work out. I guess that at the end of the day it's just about trusting the curve balls that life throws at you. That, and it's yet another testament of how willing and able to make and welcome new friends these Saffan people actually are.

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