2003 - I was visiting "Jumping Cat Monastery" in the middle of Inle Lake, Myanmar, chatting with my traveling companion Luis and looking over the floating gardens. An older French guy left his group and came over to talk to us - asked if we were from Spain (we were speaking Spanish). Luis said yes, I said no, I was from the US. Where? Seattle. 'Ah, I know someone in Seattle!' he exclaimed. A close family friend in Lyon had a daughter who had emigrated to the US 20 years previously; he knew her well, and had visited her in Seattle several years before.