A Shout Out to Two People in Philly (AKA another post about how the Nepali world is very small)

(Just to try and clear up confusion… I think everyone knows P and C, U= P’s brother. T= Nepali guy in Philly, Z= American girl in Philly. I= me, it’s not another character)

About two months ago, while P was in Nepal, I received an excited call from P’s brother U who lives in a suburb of Philadelphia. He was thinking of moving and was looking for a roommate, and had placed an ad on Craigslist.

It just so happens that a Nepali guy responded to U even though they didn’t know the other was Nepali at the point of initial contact. Once the coincidence of nationality was out of the way, they thought it was interesting that they had lived not too far away from each other for the past year or so, but didn’t know the other was around. Eventually they started telling each other about themselves. The other guy (let’s call him “T”) also had an American girlfriend, so U mentioned that his brother had an American girlfriend and that “P and C” were planning to get married in July in Massachusetts. T and his partner (we’ll call her “Z”) were also planning to get married in the summer as well. They chatted about some other stuff, and parted ways, thinking that they might move in together as roommates.

T tells Z about his conversation with U, and some of the details about U’s brother and his American girlfriend sounded kind of familiar… C and P, Nepali and American weddings on July 9th and 10th in MA, etc. It just so happens that Z occasionally reads my blog and asked T to check with U to see if his brother’s girlfriend blogged, and if so was she “AmericaNepali.”

So that was already a pretty neat connection, but then it gets even more interesting…

Shortly thereafter, unfortunately, there was a family emergency and T had to unexpectedly travel back to Nepal. P was still there, and hadn’t yet heard about the conversation between me and U. One day while P was traveling in the city, someone mentioned T’s family to P (which he didn’t personally know) and asked if he would like to travel to T’s house to pay respects to the family.

P arrives and T realizes that this is U’s brother P… the P from the blog. So he says, “I know you, you are getting married to C in Massachusetts on July 9th and 10th…” and explains how he knew U from Philly, and that his American girlfriend Z reads my blog. P thought he had a great story (I’m always giving him grief about never having good stories), so he excitedly calls me from Nepal that evening and starts telling me about a guy he met in Nepal who was going to be roommates with U, etc etc etc. I said, “Oh yeah, I know…” and explained the rest. He was surprised I knew the story, and was bummed I ruined a good story that he finally had to tell.

So Memorial Day weekend (two weekends ago), P and I traveled to Philadelphia to help U move, and he thought it would be nice to organize a dinner at his house between me, P, U, T, and Z.

I’ve met a small number of fellow bloggers (Big Bad Blond Bahu, Gori Girl, Gori Wife Life), but I had never met someone who found me through a google search before. It was neat to talk to someone for the first time who already knew a lot of my backstory, and it was equally interesting to hear her backstory too. Due to the situation that originally caused T to travel to Nepal, she and T will be moving to Nepal soon (instead of moving in with U) and staying there for at least the next year. I hope, if she is interested in documenting her experiences online, that she might be willing to share some of her experiences with us as well (either in guest posts or on her on blog).

So I wanted to make a quick shout out to T and Z in Philly, and reiterate yet again, how small the world can be when you meet other Kathmandu-ites around the world :)

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10 responses to “A Shout Out to Two People in Philly (AKA another post about how the Nepali world is very small)

  1. Love in London

    What a great story! We really do live in such a small world.

  2. Haha, the nepali information network is better than the FBI.

  3. Oh my A e I o U! I could feel the excitement in the story but had such a hard time keeping all those letters straight that I think I even missed the punch line! Someone knows someone who reads a blog and figured out that someone they know knows someone who’s getting married, or something like that. In the end, yes… it is a small world for sure!

    • americanepali

      Hee hee, I know, the letters are tough, but at least people’s identities are somewhat kept private. I kind of giggled when I realized at one point I wrote, “P, U, T, Z and I” and noticed I spelled out “putz”

  4. hehe yes, our Nepalese realtionship and knowledge base and tracking is deeprooted from villages and native places, so, always well acquainted worlwide better than FBI hehe

  5. Yes, the Nepali world is very small. It seems that everyone knows each other :-) Please tell T or Z or I (now even I get confused with the letters) to write some blog posts. It surely could be interesting.

  6. That’s so funny! My boyfriend is another P from Kathmandu. Unfortunately, he hasn’t met any other Nepalis around where we live. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog.

  7. One day you will run out of alphabets to use in your blog. =) It is getting confusing. But I like how you have introduced everyone in the first paragraph kinda like solving a mathematical or a scientific problem where you define everything in the beginning.

  8. It was really nice to meet you didi! This world is so small :D

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