The day of the big earthquake in Chile we were sitting in a hostel dining room in Uyuni, Bolivia when Nico recognized a Chilean accent. He leaned over to ask the couple if their family was fine and if they had any news about the earthquake. We spoke with them for a few minutes and discovered that we are all the same age and that they live in Santiago de Chile. Augustin offered for us to stay with them when we visited and we exchanged contact information. When we arrived in Santiago, Augustin had arranged for a taxi to pick us up and even had dinner on the grill. They have a lovely home on the 25th floor of a great building with a clear view of the city and mountains. It would have been fun to spend more time them, but I am grateful for the evening we spent together. They are a perfect example of why talking to strangers can lead to beautiful encounters.
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