Six Degrees of Separation

There are some times when the world just seems such a small place.

Often it is just the similarities to home, despite the cultural, climactic or financial differences.

In some cases there are more tangible connections, which almost seem to give credence to the “Six Degrees of Separation” theory.

That idea that “everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps” (I’ve referred to Wikipedia to explain this further).

As we sat waiting for our Fast Boat to ferry us from Gili Trawangan back to Sanur (on the Indonesian island of Bali), we ran into an Australian couple Sam and Crystal whom we’d met the previous day on our snorkeling trip.

Crystal & Sam. The Sydney couple we'd met on our Gili Island snorkeling trip

Crystal & Sam. The Sydney couple we’d met on our Gili Island snorkeling trip

We were already on friendly terms with them, after I’d offered to take a photo of them both, and email it on when we got back to Australia, so it was natural we got chatting again, and ultimately sat with them once we finally boarded the boat.

By chance it happened that another two Australians sat beside us and eventually we all got talking. We were chatting about where we were from, and it turned out that both Sam and one of the other guys was from the same area of Sydney. The discussion turned to schools, and whilst they’d both been educated in different institutions, Sam’s dad was actually a teacher at this guys school! Small world indeed.

So as we sat absorbing this coincidence, the other Australian, who we’d assumed was friends with this guy from Sydney (turns out he wasn’t, but in fact lived in Melbourne) and had sat there looking rather poorly for the journey thus far, piped up and asked Sam if he’d lived in London for a couple of years?

It turns out Sam had, and although the pair had never previously met, it turns out this guy had moved into the same London house, just after Sam moved out (he’d recognised Sam from this shared housemates Facebook photos)!

This world, in seconds, seemed remarkably smaller! We didn’t get around to establishing any connections of our own, however Crystal had lived in Melbourne herself for 5 years, so I’m sure had we tried hard enough, a link may have been found.

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