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Old 12-18-2003, 05:56 PM   #1
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Through out your travels you will meet many, many people. Some will be locals, and some will be from other countries, but regardless they will be people you will want to keep in touch with after you return home. Oviously email is the best way for this to happen, a friendly note to say hello, a card for Christmas or Birthday, or an unexpected phone call is something you should do. The people we meet when we are over seas are a big part of what makes our trip so amazing...

I love the fact that I have friends not just from where i live, but from all over the world...from Spain to China, From Sydeny to New York, the world is a hell'of'a lot smaller now that I can keep in touch so easy, I make it a point not to let those freindships drift because of distence..

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I agree with you CD, I used to know some people from Germany, but lost touch. I have such a terrible concept of time when it comes to keeping in touch with people. I think 2 days have gone by and its been a week. That is one of those things I would like to work on, especially when I start to travel. I've gotten a little better at it recently, seeing as I've begun to put more of an emphasis on living in the now instead of thinking of doing things later on.
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I'm with you, Rob. I always have the best intentions to keep in touch with people I meet when I travel, but I stupidly let me contacts fall by the wayside. That is definitely one thing I wish I was better at: making LASTING friendships when I travel overseas.

I'd like to be able to "ring up" friends overseas and go visit -- like TC...he seems to have this huge network of buds to stay with. That's awesome...

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Yeah, I hope when I go on this next trip that I am better at keeping in touch with the people I meet. Hopefully am able to revisit them, or have them come visit me. Funny, cause I actually talked about this exact topic with a friend of mine last night that I had lost touch with for a couple years. So I guess you can make up for your wrong doings.
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I met a guy in Rome with whom I had an amazing time running through the city in the hours past midnight. We sat and watched the Colosseum glow at around 2am and then tried to break into the via sacra (we were not successful, and i would not recommend this). We also witnessed a marriage proposal that night. We bonded amazingly. We had the exact same sense of humor (which, believe me, is rare). We ran around like manic children for a couple of hours until returning back to our hostel exhausted. I didn't see him again until the next evening, right before departing to catch a train. We said goodbye as I hurried out the door. I shouted my website address to him and told him to keep in touch.

To this day, nothing. He may have simply forgotten the address. I met so so many people while travelling that year and of them all he's the lost connection I regret most. I made business cards and everything, with my e-mail and website on them but for whatever reason i never got around to giving him one.

I only knew him as John from Ohio (either cleveland or cincinatti. i couldn't remember). I have tried so hard to find this guy again.

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Ha, I had something similar with a Swedish chick! Also in Rome! We really clicked one night at the hostel and I was supposed to wake her up as I was leaving very early the next morning. Well, the next morning I felt bad about waking her so early, so I just left my email on a paper scrap near her mess of stuff and left her still sound asleep.

Well, never got an email. Either it fell off somewhere...or she just blew me off as a potential fling that would never happen. My cynical self suspects the latter, but I guess I'll never know now! Oh well, se la vi!

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Well, LittleMiss, I live in Columbus, OH, and I'll keep an eye out for your John.

By the way, nice website! You look WAY different on there, as opposed to your pic on here...

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Yes, Giant's Causeway is one place I wanted, but didn't get to go in Ireland.

Norway sounds very interesting too...hmmm...
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Thanks! I'm actually reconstructing the entire site, still to be centered around the diary, of course. I'll be posting loads of photos as well.

ha! you know, it took 15 hours for me to undo my braids- sitting on a bunkbed in a hostel in Edinburgh. I was 4 months into the trip and i had to get rid of them so my hair wouldn't rot.

Anyway, I could have sworn somewhere I had seen a website with a section for backpacker missed connections, or something like that. I don't know if I may just be remembering incorrectly. Anyone know what I'm talking about?


p.s: i had a good nap on the giant's causeway - although i wouldn't recommend sleeping there for an extended period of time.

Ah! Columbus! Could be, I forgot there was another big "C" city in Ohio. Damn, I've got my work cut out for me!
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