momentous laughter.

Old Man on Train

One of the greatest coincidences of all-time occurred on Tuesday evening. My dear friends Lauren and Maggie were over for a standard evening of wine and “The Bachelorette” when something incredible happened. Lauren made a video compilation of music, photos, and videos from last year and as we were reminiscing, we spotted a familiar character.

Background: You may remember my 24th birthday beerfest trip this past April, but I left out probably the highlight of the entire evening: our train trip home from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe. You see, on this late night train, our group was joined by a, erm, friendly, old man. He took an extra liking to one of my American visitors, Cathy, who was already quite the sport accompanying a bunch of 20-somethings to a beerfest, and partaking in all the shenanigans that come along with beerfests. On the train, he mumbled about constantly, despite the fact that it was very clear no one could understand or was even really listening. He inched closer and closer until he latched on to Cathy’s arm. We laughed and laughed and laughed, some kind of host I am. It was just too funny though and immediately became the joke of their Eurotrip.

Cristen (daughter), Cathy (mother), Old Man

One Heck of a Coincidence: Flash again to Tuesday night. We happen upon a video of me, recorded by Lauren (before the days of Maggie), at the Karlsruhe train station, heading to the very same beerfest in Stuttgart exactly one year before (2012). Who do we find but the very same old man trying to latch on to me?! Maggie and I lost it with laughter. It was one of those moments you truly could not believe. How did I not remember this video? How did I not make the connection before? Was it really the same guy? Why yes, yes it sure was. I’m still reeling from the whole ordeal.

Have you ever had a crazy connect-the-dots moment like this?

  • Emily


  • D

    Ahahaha, that’s too amazing!

  • Katrin

    Haha, that is too awesome! :) I tried to understand what the guy said but I can’t figure it out.

  • Sophia

    Crazy coincidence! And quite amusing 😉

  • Sara Louise

    Oh my heavens that is CRAZY!