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Old 05-21-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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how did that bus come all that way to Honduras to that small town?
I agree it's an unusual coincidence and that it would be an especially difficult drive for multiple reasons, but there are roads the whole way, and it would actually be no further that driving the US coast to coast.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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Being from Minnesota, I was walking around La Esperanza Honduras, one day, and spotted a school bus with Bemidji, MN School District printed on the bus. ????? How did that bus get here?

I do know they convert our school buses from the U.S. into their transport/chicken buses, but still, how did that bus come all that way to Honduras to that small town?
Easy--on a cargo container ship. A Ro-Ro. They drove it on--very likely filled with a variety of goods, then drove it off. It's cheaper to ship that way than to drive it. I guarantee it was not driven.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Easy--on a cargo container ship. A Ro-Ro. They drove it on--very likely filled with a variety of goods, then drove it off. It's cheaper to ship that way than to drive it. I guarantee it was not driven.
Or that. I'll leave the guarantees to Annerk though.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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Or that. I'll leave the guarantees to Annerk though.
The reason I know this for a fact is that I've sold buses to people who then transport them to Latin America for use there.

Older buses with mechanical as opposed to electronic engines are in very high demand in Latin America. What we'd sell for scrap for $1000 here they can get $3000 or much more for there. They stuff them full of merchandise like a shipping container, and the freight charges they get to move the merchandise comes close to covering the cost of shipping the bus. It's an easy way to make a few grand for people who ahve all the right connections in place.
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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My wife and I took a trip to Washington DC a few years back, and the VERY FIRST person we met there was someone who went to my college and lived about an hour and a half from us back home. She recognized us because I was wearing a college shirt. Small world.

Clarification: Met on our first Metro ride.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Terra
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My ex and I were in London in 2002. Specifically, we were staying in the Kensington/Chelsea area. One afternoon, we decided to take a walk around the nice neighborhood. As we were walking down the street, we bumped into a couple who went to the same college as I did. We came face to face, but as we never knew one another, we pretended not to have noticed.

I've always thought it was one of the most unexpected things I'd experienced, but after reading others' scenarios, sounds like this kind of thing happens quite often!
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Australia
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I had a boyfriend in London in the late 1960's who was a New Zealander, teaching in a high school. Let's call him John. A year or two later John returned to New Zealand and I emigrated to Sydney, Australia. We remained friends. Fast forward a couple of years and John came over to Australia for a vacation and we decided to drive to Canberra (about four hours away) for a couple of days. We thought we'd check out the National Library for half an hour before returning to Sydney, and visited the map room - one of many rooms in the library. A minute or two later a guy tapped John on the shoulder and said "Fancy seeing you here"!

Turned out he had also been a teacher at the same London high school (and had been good friends with John). He had emigrated to Australia (to Melbourne, which is several hours' drive from Canberra) and had been just about to leave the library when he spotted John.

The last time they'd seen each other was about five years earlier - 12,000 miles away in England. If we'd gone to another of the library's rooms, or got there a few minutes later, their paths would never have crossed.
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Back in 1972, in Amsterdam, at the tail end of the hippie/drop-out/backpacking period, I was at a long line to use a phone booth to find a room for the night. The woman behind me asked if she could share a room with me for the night.

So typical back then, a middle class woman from Miami, had just flown in, left a note with her husband: Take good care of the kids, I'm off to backpack around Europe for 6 months!

She must have packed quite hurriedly, as she didn't even have a toothbrush or toothpaste!

Once in the room, she sped out of the room: See ya' later!

Awakening the next late morning, no sight of her and it was near check-out time!

Often wondered, what became of her!
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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I have a friend who is Shanghai-born and absolutely fearless about speaking to strangers. He was using the restroom at SFO when her realized General Norman Schwartzkopf was in the next stall. He couldn't resist starting a conversation and the General was very gracious. Afterward, my friend said, "Perhaps that was not appropriate?"
Lol Wow, now that must've been something! R.I.P. General Schwartzkopf.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Seeing people from my town on the plane from Newark.
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