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On my trip to Bogota, last week, I had something happen to me that was 1 in a million or possibly 1 in a billion. I was absolutely awful at statistics in school, so I will leave the exact probability up to someone in the field.
I work for a small, US based, manufacturer. We have been owned and run by the same family for over 60 years. We have approximately 200 employees split evenly between Pittsburgh and California. We have only two employees that work from remote locations in Florida, and Argentina. The two remote employees do not interact at all as they work in different divisions of the business.
What are the chances that these two employees would run into each other at the same hotel in Bogota? Not the Marriott. Not the Sofitel. Not the Sheraton. In fact, not any chain hotel but a small boutique with only 52 rooms. Before last week, I would have guessed that this would be impossible.
I am the Export Manager for my company, live in Florida and cover around 100 countries for the retail side of our business. Our Commercial Division Manager lives in Argentina and covers all of Latin America for the professional side of our business. As I came off the elevator in the Hotel Le Manoir, last Thursday, I heard someone call my name. I stopped dead in my tracks and swiveled on a dime. The look on my face must have been classic. We spoke for about 2 minutes and then departed for our separate meetings.
I started thinking, this sort of freak run in must happen to other road warriors. It begs me to ask the question, who have you run into, thousands of miles away, that completely floored you? An old high school fling? A childhood friend? An old boss?
I’m interested to see your responses, or if I’m the only freak that thinks this was worth writing about!
The Captain is an American Airlines Ex Platinum, whose work as an Export Manger, takes him to places far and many times remote. From Guyana to Palestine to UAE to Trinidad and everywhere in between, he loves to dive head first into the local culture though food, music, politics and traditions. Boarding Area readers will be able to take the magical journey, along with the Captain, through his words and pictures on Points, Miles and Martinis.
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