We've moved from Baltimore, Maryland USA to Venice, Italy in pursuit of living our dream!

Monday, October 3, 2011

An unexpected Venice meetup

I've blogged a few times about my meet ups with people who have been keeping track of my adventures in Venice through my blog, but this one last week takes the cake.

My typical day includes a lunch rendezvous with my husband Mike in Campo Santa Margherita, usually at Mood Cafe. Max has become my favorite local chef, and if you are a reader of my blog, you know I really like his cheeseburger! The other day Mike and I were just finishing our lunch  sitting in a booth at Mood chatting, when over the back of the booth we hear " Is this Karen?", in English.  We both turned our heads around, to find a man smiling over at us.  There was no one else in the place so he must have meant me.  "Yes, I'm Karen".  I turned to Mike to ask him if he knew these people, because I didn't.  Mike shook his head no.  I was baffled, but soon enough the mystery was cleared up.  "I'm Andrew. I read your blog."

Aha!  Andrew often leaves me comments, so I recognized the name.  He explained that he was in town with friends, and he had put tracking down Mood and Max's cheeseburgers on his list of things to do, having learned about Mood from my blog posts. So here he was.  When he entered the place, he heard Mike and I talking in English, and thought maybe, just maybe there was a slim chance that English speaking woman could be me.

We had a lovely chat with Andrew and his friends while Max was cooking up some burgers. I usually meet people who have come across me on the internet, but it has always been pre-arranged.  To have Andrew stumble over me by sheer coincidence was beyond anything I could ever have imagined.  What's that line of Humphrey Bogart from Casablanca " Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

Thanks to Andrew, I've had a Casablanca moment of my own.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! It really is a small world.

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Andrew said...

It was lovely to meet you both, Karen. Everyone enjoyed the burgers. We always leave Venice having experienced something new and this little moment of serendipity will long be remembered. Next time we'll give you due warning!

Dianne said...

Our meet-up at Mood Caffe was also kind of by chance as you checked out your blog on your return from vacation and found out I was going to try to get there that same day. Enjoyed our reunion (and the cheeseburger). Although I usually don't search out American food on my travels, after almost three weeks in Europe I was ready for a tasty American type morsel and Mood Caffe's burgers certainly fit the bill.

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