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    Default A story of losing something, and finding it again.

    A bit of background:

    About 11 years ago I spent around 3 months in the Spanish Pyrenees with my parents in my aunt and uncle's place. The place we were staying in was a tiny village called Es Bordès high in the mountains, surrounded by jagged peaks and other small villages. It was an amazingly picturesque part of the world, and despite it being 11 years ago I can still picture the whole scene like it was yesterday. The slate roofs, the stone walls, the Garonne river running just below, it was just magical.

    There were about 100 people in this village, and of course there were some kids around my age, luckily all girls - about 3 of them. Aitana, Iria, and Noemi, although I think Noemi was from one of the neighbouring villages. I had seen these girls around the place (I had a bicycle purchased for me so I could explore), but being 14, not speaking Spanish, in a totally new place, I was incredibly shy and just avoided them. One day I was riding along a dirt track that links a couple of the villages, when suddenly in front of me there they all were, Aitana, Iria and Noemi, plus a few kids from some of the nearby villages. I was trapped. I couldn't turn back as I'd ridden right up to them on a corner.

    This accidental meeting made my stay at the village quite possibly the most memorable time I had ever had. They knew about as much English as I did Spanish, but we were all pretty much inseparable. Every day they would come to my house and call out for me - "Ashlay!" (They couldn't quite pronounce "Ashley"), and we would go out on our bikes, and spend most of the day riding around. They took me to their school to sit in on a lesson, which was such an experience. The school was located in our village, but was no more than a large long house with a few desks. About half a dozen kids were taught there, from, I guess, grade 3 up to Aitana, Iria and Noemi who were a couple of years younger than me. All of us used to sit on the steps of the ayuntamiento (town hall type place) and watch the comings and goings, they taught me what "Puff the magic dragon" was in Spanish and we just enjoyed each other's company. We went and played football (soccer), we went riding, walking, talking (well, communicating), and it was the most amazing experience of my life, one that I will cherish forever.

    But it was Aitana who I was most interested in - she was absolutely gorgeous, and had a beautiful name. She had a big brown/red Boxer called Neron, and lived in a small house with her mother, who I met a couple of times and was lovely. She used to wear these wide headbands which curiously is what I remember most about her. After I left I tried to stay in touch a couple, but being 14 I don't try too hard and eventually I never heard from her again after about a year after I left. I received one email from her but that was it (and funnily enough it was around the times of some very terrible bushfires in this country, as she asked about them).

    Fast forward 10 years. A few months ago I started looking for Aitana on Facebook. Aitana - unique name I hear you say? Well no. In Spain it seems like a very common name, and I went through dozens of pages trying to find her, eventually giving up because it seemed like a lost cause.

    Today I wake up, check facebook and see that someone called "Iria" has requested me to be her friend. Now just recently I had a spate of Spanish people add me (three in the space of a week or so), all of whom I don't know personally. I thought that this Iria was just another one of those, until it all suddenly came back. Wasn't one of my friends from Spain Iria? Well it turns out it was one and the same. After ten years of course totally unrecognisable, but I did manage to track down Noemi and Aitana, and now I am just waiting for them to reply to my friend request.

    I just can't believe that after 11 years I may finally be able to get in touch with Aitana, and the other two again! I think about Aitana so often, wondering what she's up to, what she's doing and what she's like, and soon I'll be able to find out, and it's all thanks to Facebook. I have finally found out what that site is really all about.

    It seems so strange that the last time I had contact from her was when there was bad bushfires here, and then today I wake up and I have the chance to contact her again. I felt like I'd lost a huge part of my life when I left, it had that much of an impact on me, and now thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I might be able to get some of it back!

    Thanks for reading,
    Ash

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    I love stories like that. Life is cool if when it pounces on you.
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    That's a sweat arse storey. Reminds me of a love actually storey or somthing. You should learn Spanish at night classes, and go to Spain and siduce her.

    Oh wait that actually is love actually.... Still that would be freaking cool.
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    Gunna jump at the chance to say the first inappropriate thing

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    mitty's Avatar mitty is offline Couldn't that Chrysler have hit me instead?

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    That's a lovely story. Facebook can be incredibly annoying (all the applications and messages asking to join numerous causes and what-not), but when you strip all of that away and use it for how it was meant to be used, it can bring great joy to your life. I have found a few people from the past who I had completely lost contact with as well.

    A friend of mine who is against Facebook and won't join it says "no I dropped out of/they dropped out of my life for a reason", I prefer to try and think of the chance to touch someones life again as a positive thing, even if it is just a few messages on Facebook.

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    Should I tell him all three are just me, with fake accounts?

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    mitty's Avatar mitty is offline Couldn't that Chrysler have hit me instead?

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    ^you could have waited until he was waiting at a table at the Guilded Truffle.

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    That's a cool story. Facebook has made the world ALOT smaller.

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    There's a movie in this story.
    Or a book at least.
    Good luck finding the Senorita anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    ^you could have waited until he was waiting at a table at the Guilded Truffle.
    How could you resist:


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    Facebook is awesome.

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