The conversation of coincidences

Conversation of coincidences, Notes from Another Land, travel, adventure, vacation, blog, Ireland, strangers, bus, transit

Hope you had a lovely Easter long weekend! Before I delve into what we got up to in Edinburgh by way of too many photos, I must share a conversation I had today. Because really, this isn’t just a picture blog, it’s also for sharing snippets of everyday moments that happen to me. Rare or not, I meet a lot of interesting strangers.


Today, while waiting for another late bus to Dublin city (25 minutes behind schedule guys, c’mon, you can do better), I met a lovely older gentleman.

While asking him about train fares, we discovered his family and my husband’s family are from the same area of County Galway, they may have even taught my relations in Corofin. He also has Canadian connections now, as his grandson just married a Canuck from Calgary AND he almost accepted a teaching job in Montreal back in the day.

We spoke about West of Ireland roadtrips on the newly opened Wild Atlantic Way and reminisced about how beautiful Scotland is (no offence to you, Eire). He met his wife over there and they lived in Scotland for some time, he missed it when they left.

We exchanged names, pleasantries, stories about Irish Canadian weddings and we even discussed photojournalism. He owns a Canon (I used to) and goes into Dublin to get his film rolls developed (I used to know how to develop my own).

So what of this conversation of coincidences? Perhaps I am overly friendly or just too curious but I did see today is ‘Pay It Forward’ day. Next time you’re waiting to get to your next destination, why not strike up a conversation with a stranger – you never know what you may have in common!

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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