I love a good travel anthology. A good collection of themed short stories really goes a long way while on the road. Throw it in our bag and you always have something quick and easy to read when you have a few minutes between trains or buses, or read a story when your rowdy hostel room mates are keeping you up at night.
I always own a few great travel short story anthology’s, so “Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World” was a good candidate to add to my collection.
This book compiles short stories from wonderful travel writers from around the world that all operate along a central theme – chance encounters with random people. I have always found that in my own life, my most fond travel memories are when a chance encounter with a random stranger offers me new insight into a location. That’s probably why I love couch surfing so much – even though I don’t participate much anymore now that I have a noisy toddler.
The 23 stories in “Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World” will take you all over the globe, to share these special encounters with the authors. My favourite story was the tale of the gratitude expressed by a local Guatemalan woman to a random traveller to helped share the beauty of her weavings with the world, or the story of an unlikely friendship between an American woman and an East German man during the time of the Berlin Wall.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see a fellow travel blogger contributing to this travel anthology – congrats to Sofie from Wonderful Wonderings.
Have you had a chance encounter with a stranger which became the highlight of your trip?
I certainly have.
I’ll never forget going along to a university student party in Pisa Italy, with my local couch surfing host. There was gallons of Sangria all over the place, and I left Pisa with a life long friend.
Or my whirl wind romance with my Spanish waiter in Granada who left me a love letter in badly written English on a business card.
Or recently when Dan, Jacob and I spent the day with a local archaeologist in Bulgaria who even let us touch some of the artifacts that we had recently unearthed.