Travel blog Yucatan's Chichen Itza

Coincidence, Serendipity, and Travel: A Series, and You Are Invited. Chapter 3, Once Upon a Time in Yucatan Author’s Preface: In Chapter 1 (Aboard the Empire Builder) and Chapter 2 (The Acropolis Museum) I covered coincidences on a long American train trip and on a visit to Greece—not particularly crazy, but I hope interesting. Are some coincidences more coincidental than others? Are there degrees of coincidence? Sure there are, and I’m trying to come up with a scale. You can help. You can help—try this Yucatan story. Try…

Travel blog Acropolis in Greece

Coincidence, Serendipity, and Travel: A Series, and You Are Invited. Chapter 2 Travel and coincidence are seatmates on life’s journey. There’s no other way to explain it. The more I travel, the more coincidences arise. Last week, in Chapter 1, I wrote that while on a long train trip here in the United States I fell into a conversation with a man who had a story to tell about a coincidence which happened to him along the French-German border. I countered with a very similar tale which happened…

Coincidence, Serendipity, and Travel: A Series, and You Are Invited. Chapter 1 On a recent train trip several days in duration, I chatted with different folks in the observation car and the dining car. At lunch the second day I was seated across from a Midwestern couple, and we fell into a conversation about travel. He had a “small world” story to tell: He asked if I knew Freiburg, Germany. I did. It’s a lovely town. They had arranged to meet with American friends there on a certain…

May 29 – June 1, 2014 I’m aboard The Empire Builder. Think of that name! The Roman Empire. The Empire of Genghis Khan. The British Empire. The Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Nazi Germany Empire of the Third Reich. Some of them didn’t turn out so well. But we got our own train! The Amtrak Empire Builder. This is Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, leaving Chicago every day for Seattle 2264 miles away while each day in Seattle a twin Empire Builder leaves for Chicago. Which means there are two Empire…