Its A Small World
It’s A Small World
You take a holiday or a business trip, thousands of miles from home in a country never visited by you before, where you know no one and barely speak the language. You’ve barely arrived when you hear a cheery ‘Hello, fancy meeting you here’.
You look round, to see a neighbour from your home town, an old school friend, someone you haven’t seen or heard from in years. The phrase ‘it’s a small world’ seems inevitable.
In a World with a population in billions, meeting someone you know far from home seems a Hell of a coincidence, and it can be quite an extraordinary experience.
The odds can reduce if the country and city visited is popular for travel from your home town, due to travel agency promotions, discount airlines, popularity of the venue by word of mouth, etc. If you work in a certain line of business, then some countries may be frequently used as your business partners.
The World is actually huge. Even if you are well travelled, mark off the places you’ve been to in an atlas and the majority of places will still prove untouched, but you can still meet familiar, hopefully nice welcome faces, while many leagues from home.
One day, we will conquer the stars and as you step out of your landing pod on Centuri Prime’s third moon, don’t be surprised if you hear ‘hello, small universe, isn’t it?’