One of the most intriguing travel stories of last year was about the Canadian guy who broke up with his girlfriend after having booked a round the world trip, so he set out to find another girl with the same name to take on the trip with him.
Amazingly enough he found someone with the same name to take on the trip, and she was reasonably attractive and young. Apparently I’m just doing life wrong, or need to date people with more generic names (or for that matter date at all, but that’s a different story altogether).
Of course when a guy just broke up with his girlfriend and is looking for another girl to take on a round the world trip with him, most would assume it’s intended to be at least somewhat romantic. So what made the story even more interesting is that the girl he decided to take on the trip had a “serious boyfriend.”
Well, Jordan Axani and Elizabeth Gallagher have just finished their round the world trip, and BBC has a follow-up story on the trip.
The two insist nothing romantic happened, and that they returned as “brother and sister:”
This week, he and student Elizabeth “Quinn” Gallagher of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, returned home from the three-week tour as “brother and sister,” rather than the strangers they had been.
But they’ve rejected any notion that romance was involved. Ms Gallagher has a serious boyfriend and the large hotel chain that housed the pair during their trip gave them two suites at each stop.
And it seems like they actually had fun together on the trip, maybe largely because they didn’t know one another:
“We probably got along better because we were strangers,” Ms Gallagher told Canadian media. “We didn’t have a relationship to break.”
And in many ways they were opposites and sort of pushed each other beyond their comfort limits:
Their unlikely pairing challenged both as they toured together.
“Quinn liked to see the [landmarks] of different areas, and I liked to mingle where the locals hang out,” Mr Axani told the BBC.
“I hate heights and everywhere we went, she took me to the highest thing possible – whether it was the highest level of the Eiffel Tower, or the highest bar in Bangkok – and she’d poke fun of me for my fear of heights.”
Ms Gallagher on the other hand, had a knack for getting lost.
“I would get these tweets and emails from the strangest places on a quasi-frequent level,” said Mr Axani, “of her being trapped in a stairway at the hotel or being lost in an airport or missing a train.”
Here’s a video of the two being interviewed after the trip:
(Tip of the hat to Mike)