Ronnie & Rachel
“Rachel is Chinese.
Ronnie is Brazilian.
Rachel is an undergraduate student.
Ronnie, a PhD visiting researcher.
Rachel was the first person that Ronnie met at Global Cafe. Ronnie is the first Brazilian person that Rachel ever met.
In common circumstances, they’d be separated by over 16,638 kilometers, more than 1 and a half billions of people (population of China and Brazil) and a little bit of coincidence to be in the same place and the same time to meet.
However, a Chinese proverb says that “there is an invisible thread that connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance”. Thus, they happen to become friends at Western University and despite of all their busy days of studying, research and papers, they always find time for talks, laughter, coffee and fun.
Now, there is a lasting and visible thread connecting China and Brazil. It is called friendship, and it does pass through Canada.”