While in Europe one summer, I decided at the last minute to take a train from Zurich, Switzerland to Fussen, Germany to do some sightseeing before heading to Frankfurt for some business meetings. A friend had recommended that I visit the famous castle, Neuschwantein, so I decided to detour my plans for a weekend there. As the train was getting ready to pull into Fussen station, I started a conversation with a guy standing by the door holding a bike helmet, asking where he was from and he said, “Iowa.”
I said, “Me too, where in Iowa?”
“Des Moines,” he said with some surprise I replied, “Me too!”
It turned out he was visiting Fussen for the long holiday weekend and had been there a few times before and gave me all sorts of great advice on what to see and do. Ironically, a fellow Iowan was giving me advice about a small town in Germany!
However, the coincidences didn’t end there! After we got off the train, he mentioned that he worked for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. I told him that both my mom and husband did, too! Out of a company of thousands of people, I decided to throw out my husband’s name just in case he might know him. Not only did he know my husband but he also worked in the same department—he was a co-worker!
The following week, back in Des Moines, he bumped into my husband at work and said, “By the way, I ran into your wife in Fussen, Germany last week.” You can imagine my husband’s surprise!
But, there is still more to this story. After I learned that he worked at Principal and knew my husband, I asked him if he knew a woman named Barb who also worked in the same area. Coincidentally, he had a conference call with her that night. I told him to tell her, “hi” from me from Germany. The amazing thing is that Barb and I had met when I’d moved to Australia for the second time and she had later introduced me to my future husband—a fellow Iowan—who’d just moved there!