Meeting a freined abroad

Some years ago I was in Sydney, and wanting to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I was searching for the way to get up onto the bridge walkway. Just below the bridge was a large shop/souvenir store, so I went in to ask directions. There were alot of people in there, so I searched around to find someone to ask the question of. I ended up going to one of the counters and started to ask the girl for directions, when, halfway through my question, I noticed her looking at me oddly. Are you ... by any chance... Jamie D W, she asked? I was astonished to suddenly recognize her as an old friend from the UK who I had not seen for two years. I had no idea she was in Australia, and the extreme nature of the coincidence was the fact that I had gone up to ask her, rather than another assistant, my question. However, there may be some explanation, in that it is probable a) I chose a pretty girl to ask the question of (narrowed my chances of actually knowing the person, though still very remote) and b) it's just possible I had some subliminal recognition although my conscious mind did not recognize her. What do you think? But still a coincidence, and has not been repeated in a life of 50 years.
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Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:35:56 +0000Coincidence ID:3460

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Some years ago I was in Sydney, and wanting to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I was searching for the way to get up onto the bridge walkway. Just below the bridge was a large shop/souvenir store, so I went in to ask directions. There were alot of people in there, so I searched around to find someone to ask the question of. I ended up going to one of the counters and started to ask the girl for directions, when, halfway through my question, I noticed her looking at me oddly. Are you ... by any chance... Jamie Dunford Wood, she asked? I was astonished to suddenly recognize her as an old friend from the UK who I had not seen for two years. I had no idea she was in Australia, and the extreme nature of the coincidence was the fact that I had gone up to ask her, rather than another assistant, my question. However, there may be some explanation, in that it is probable a) I chose a pretty girl to ask the question of (narrowed my chances of actually knowing the person, though still very remote) and b) it's just possible I had some subliminal recognition although my conscious mind did not recognize her. What do you think? But still a coincidence, and has not been repeated in a life of 50 years.