This one was different. And one of the most fun reunions with an old friend was related to this:
|Snowy forest in Finnish Lapland|
But a very memorable five minutes of this trip took place at the Kemi train station in the middle of the night. (Well, it felt like the middle of the night. Given that the winter solstice had been a few days earlier, it got dark about lunchtime so my memory might be playing tricks on me there). I was waiting for a train back to Helsinki as, sadly, my holiday was pretty much over. I saw a girl waiting with some friends just nearby. And I stared for a while because she really, really looked like my old schoolfriend Rachel. Eventually, she saw me and stared too, and we took the plunge.
And yes, there we were, some 14,000km from where we grew up (around the corner from each other), we met again! I don't think I'd seen Rachel since high school, and to say it was a surprise to meet her in the Kemi train station in northern Finland was an understatement. What are the odds of that? We did our best to catch up but unfortunately discovered that although my train was departing very soon, her ticket was for the following train.
On Saturday night at my school reunion, I saw Rachel again. We had a good laugh about how absurd it was to meet up in the middle of Finland. We had a slightly longer chat about what we're up to these days, and found out more about why we'd both been in Finland at that moment. Of course, being a school reunion with 80 other classmates meant we still didn't get a long leisurely catch-up, but it was calmer (and warmer) than our Finnish version.
|Snowmobiling in Finnish Lapland|
Have you had any surprise encounters with old friends in faraway places?