It always sounds strange that one has to go halfway around the globe to meet neighbors from their own home town, but it does happen, and it happened to me while on my last trip. My husband and I were heading out on a cruise from Athens, Greece when we struck up a conversation with some lovely people, also waiting to board the ship. We easily conversed and "connected" with each other and in the process discovered that they were from southern California as well. It's interesting how that works out. We ended up meeting them on the ship several times for lively conversation with shared interests over drinks and dinners. We departed the ship as new friends and are staying connected. It appears to be a warm friendship which will hold and grow - that's works for us!