Indiana Everywhere

It seems coincidences run abundant when traveling. We’ve crossed paths with other travelers multiple times, randomly stumbled upon places we’d heard about from friends and wound up having common acquaintances back in the U.S. with people we’ve met along the way. The world is a very small place. It’s made even smaller with modern communications. Some of our most bizarre travel coincidences have involved Brian and other people’s international calls.

During our time in Cambodia Brian became a regular patron at a small shop down the street from his office. Every day he would take a break to buy a coconut and some pineapple from a woman and her husband. One day while he was paying, the woman looked at him and asked “USA?” She then turned her phone toward him, pointed at the video call she was on and said “USA!” It turned out she was talking to her daughter who lived in Speedway, Indiana, an Indianapolis suburb about 10 minutes away from where Brian grew up. He talked to a woman living a short drive away from his parents’ house as he stood in her parents’ shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Another weird coincidence came up in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This quiet airport didn’t have the usual busy chaos in its immigration process. In fact, it was so slow that the woman processing our passports was on a video call with someone. When she saw Brian’s passport she pointed to his birthplace and asked, “Indiana?” Then she pointed at her phone, showed Brian the guy she was talking to and it turns out he’s in Evansville, Indiana. Several minutes of introductions and conversation ensued with this fellow Hoosier who served his country in Vietnam.

In both situations Brian wound up meeting total strangers located in his home state while he was on the other side of the planet. We’re sure other random connections to Indiana will be making appearances on this trip. We still have half the world to go, so it’s only a matter of time.
Skype Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Airport

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Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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  1. Brian glad to have met you via Facebook at ChiangMai Immigrations. Thanks for telling me about your blog. Enjoy the rest of your world tour. I am enjoying reading about your travels. May God Bless you and your family.

    1. Joe,

      Great to meet you as well, and thanks again for you time in the armed services. I love how connected this world is now. Tracey loved the idea, so she had to put the story up before we got on planes for the rest of the day.

  2. We are a family of four, starting our world travel in January 2018. Are young children (5&7) are also toe heads, so it was great spending the last hour reading your blog on Thailand with nothing negative to read about to much touching of the children due to their hair color. P.S. we are also from Indiana (Fort Wayne) with family that lives in Indy (Brownsburg).

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