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Old 05-11-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Nothing crazy here at all. I was in Egypt, including Cairo, during the Arab Spring last year. I left at the end of May, and I think those 100 people killed happened a month or so later, but it wasn't tense or scary while I was there at all. It was really weird to see the burnt out buildings at Tahrir Square, though.
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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I flew out of Logan Airport in Boston less than a month before 9/11 and visited Chengdu only a few weeks before a major earthquake hit a nearby region. Have you ever visited a place just before or during a disaster?
I was going to say no, but 9/11 sparked a memory. There is a picture of my cousin and I on top of the WTC in the first week of September, 2001. When that happened, it was certainly fresh in my mind.

I was also in Ukraine in December, while the riot and revolt was growing.
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: I'm out searching for me... If you see me, let me know... ;--)
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I was working in Northern CA- I was working at a dept. store taking family photographs and moved on to WI in 1994. Within in weeks, the earthquake happened and I was very relieved to have left already. That surprised me because I had thought I'd have liked living through one- finding out what it felt like and surviving one. My relatives on my mom's side live out there and I suppose that made me think I'd like to be exposed to it.

But I would have been right on top of it, working in Monterrey, the store was damaged and I would have (like the photographer who had been there) been sent to another area to work. So I had none of the hassle and was in no danger.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:11 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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Single engine landing. Plane had to turn around right after takeoff. Firetrucks were moving into place and started to line the runway. Landing was great and everyone was fine, but I was a bit nervous. I prefer to fly after a few drinks!
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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hahaha I'm sorry but missing 9/11 by a month is not a close shave.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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On a vacation with myself, my sister, and mother (father was on business most of the time). We thought we got shorted one day at our hotel stay, so my sister yelled at the concierge. Well, it turned out that they were right... due to the time difference and how our itinenary was printed out, we were supposed to leave one day sooner.... that day! We rushed to the airport and made it on time. We felt bad because we literally had no time to leave the hotel assistant a tip

On a high school trip into Canada, I all the sudden lost my passport on the bus, crossing the border! It was just in my hand! When the US agent asked where my passport was, it just all the sudden appeared. Must've been wedged between the seat cushions.

For some, those disasters nearly affected this family, as my father was working in the WTC building during the bombing, but thank goodness the branch office got shut down before Sept. 11th.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Balkans
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I was in the earthquake of 1989 in San Francisco. Nothing more than a few things fell and we were a bit rattled.
I was in the earthquake in 2010 in Port au Prince Haiti. Our house fell on us. Still alive and not in a wheelchair.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Back in Feb. 1971, I left L.A. 2 days before that big earthquake in the San Fernando Valley. In the late 80's, I had just flown from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, and woke up to newspaper headlines of the 8.0 quake that shook Santiago shortly after I left!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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I flew out of Logan Airport in Boston less than a month before 9/11 and visited Chengdu only a few weeks before a major earthquake hit a nearby region. Have you ever visited a place just before or during a disaster?
Less then a month before 9/11? LOL
OK, I was heading to the airport exactly ON 9/11 to take a transcontinental flight.
Was in NYC during the first World Trade Center bombing as well.
I missed the Amsterdam to Detroit shoe bomber by less than a week, exact same flight (but no disaster there).
Let's see...was in LA for one of the early 90's earthquakes, can't remember which one. Driving on the highways and my car almost went off the road.
Was in Egypt less than a month before it all erupted into civil war against the Mubarik regime.
Let's see... missed some bombings in Delhi a few years back that occurred days before or after, can't remember.
I can't remember anything else...just all part of travel, no big deal.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Less then a month before 9/11? LOL
OK, I was heading to the airport exactly ON 9/11 to take a transcontinental flight.
Was in NYC during the first World Trade Center bombing as well.
I missed the Amsterdam to Detroit shoe bomber by less than a week, exact same flight (but no disaster there).
Let's see...was in LA for one of the early 90's earthquakes, can't remember which one. Driving on the highways and my car almost went off the road.
Was in Egypt less than a month before it all erupted into civil war against the Mubarik regime.
Let's see... missed some bombings in Delhi a few years back that occurred days before or after, can't remember.
I can't remember anything else...just all part of travel, no big deal.
Can you provide us with your future travel schedules, please? I think we all would want to avoid joining you. (joking - I'm amazed at your positive attitude!)
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