This isn’t the first time I have ran into a friend from home while traveling.
In 2001, a group of friends from college and I decided to take a weekend trip to Marti Gras. As I was walking down Bourbon Street, I was tackled by a group of guys from high school. I never in a million years thought I would see anyone from Mulvane Kansas on Bourbon Street.
Last year Alan and I went on a month long vacation to Miami and the Florida Keys. We were getting ready to leave Key West and head to Key Largo when I saw a friend’s post on Facebook from Key West!
She had been working on a cruise, and they had docked in Key West for the day before heading back out. Of course I had to call her immediately and meet up. We then spent the day wondering around together and tasting the local cuisine.
When I got to Bali, I really didn’t think I would be seeing anyone I knew, but sure enough I found a familiar face.
A friend from a past job just so happened to be in Bali for a childhood friend’s wedding. She and her boyfriend then spent some time touring around the island for a week after.
She saw one of my pictures from Kuta and messaged me right away.
I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to meet up since she was in a different city, but we made it happen and ended up spending our last night in Bali together. Our flights were at the same time which was even more perfect since we could share the same shuttle to the airport.
To be honest, I think I benefited the most from this.
Not that I mind staying in a hostel, but getting to sleep in your own private villa for the night sounds so much more appealing!
My friend had booked a room at the Kamaya Resort and Villas in Sanur. They had mixed up her reservation, so she ended up getting a free upgrade to her own villa with 2 bedrooms and private pool!
How could I turn that down???
The place was incredible!
Each room had a beautifully carved wooden door that opened up to your own private outdoor area. There were a couple chase lounges, a love seat, and dining table right next to the pool.
Then there were the doors that led to the bedrooms.
I haven’t used air conditioning barely at all since I moved to LA, but this humidity is tough to get used to. I welcomed the cold room for the evening.
Since I arrived on the later side of the evening, we decided it was best to just grab a few beers, order pizza, and hang out by the pool.
The evening was so relaxing.
The next day was spent next to the pool again until our driver came to take us to the airport.
It was the perfect way to end my stay in Bali before heading to Borneo.
It’s crazy how small the world really is. Who would have thought that they could run into a friend thousands of miles away? I know I sure didn’t.
I’m excited to see who I will run into next!
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