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How two women with exactly the same name became best friends

(CNN) — Kim Priger, who grew up in the United States, always thought his name was relatively rare. .. Sure, Kimberly was pretty commonplace, but it was one of those names with multiple available spellings, and she rarely came across another Pflieger. She thought her paired her name and her name were unique.

However, with the advent of the Internet, Kim noticed another Kimberly Priger.

Whenever Kim created an email address, another option was already in place, so he usually had to add a dot or dash to it. Another Canadian health expert, Kimberly Pflieger, was next to her on Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn when she established her position as a producer in the world of reality TV and later as a life coach. It often appeared.

Kim always shortened her name, but other Kimberly did not. Otherwise, they shared the exact same name with the same spelling since childhood, and in the early 1960s they even seemed to be of similar age.

Not surprisingly, Kim was intrigued by the other Kimberlies. Pflieger is a German name derived from the European region known as Alsa Slorene, where Kim traveled between France and Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries. Kim wondered if the two women shared their ancestors.

In mid-2019, Kim decided to drop another Kimberly-friendly message on LinkedIn, hoping that strangers wouldn't find it strange. I explained the reason for contacting you.

In less than an hour she received an enthusiastic response from Kimberly.

Kimberly of Canada has long been aware of US equivalents who knew they had a glorious life on television in Los Angeles, thanks to Google. She says she was intrigued.

"Wow, she has exactly the same name as me, and in exactly the same way," Kimberly recalls when she first encountered Kim.

Kimberly didn't expect Kim to contact her, but she says she was pleased when she suddenly received her message that day in 2019. ..

{46 After a bit of back and forth on LinkedIn, the two women exchanged email addresses. In a long email, they talked about their lives as Kimberly Priger.

It soon became clear that the two Kimberlies shared not only the same name, but the same outlook on life. Both were deep thinkers, naturally curious, sociable, and enthusiastic about connections.

"It was very easy and fast," Kim told CNN Travel."Kimbury is very curious, very strong, very fun, and very crazy, so I started right away."

"We We had a lot of the same values ​​and morals, so I think that spurred our conversation and made a bigger connection, "adds Kimberly.

Zoom calls have become a regular part of each woman's social calendar. They were connected by video call and chatted for over an hour about their lives, politics, family and thoughts.

"I thought Kim was a very open and warm person," Kimberly says. "And I didn't really know her, but it was nice to discuss aspects of my life."

Time went by, the phone got longer, and the topic As she deepened, the two women began planning to meet in person. Kimberly and her partner are planning a trip to Los Angeles in March 2020, and the pandemic shattered the plan.

“Canada has crossed national borders, so we continued to communicate using Zoom, learned more about each other, and learned about our families,” Kimberly explains.

For both women, maintaining this connection was a source of comfort between the blockade and uncertainty for the next two years.

"It's really unusual for me to find someone in our lives who really has a connection at this age," Kim says.

Meet in person

Kim, second from left, with Kimberly, and their partners in California this year.

Kim, second from left, with Kimberly This year's California partner.

Courtesy Kimberly Prieger and Kim Priger

Earlier this year, when the pandemic declined in North America and the trip began again The two Kimberly were finally able to meet. Kimberly and her partner Paul flew to California to spend a week exploring with Kim and her husband Troy.

Kim and Kimberly said that meeting in person for the first time simply felt like reuniting with an old friend, and this simple friendship extended to their partners.

"All four of us said,'Oh my god, we feel like we know each other forever,'" Kim says.

The group enjoyed great local food, shared their love for fine wines, had a long hike in Malibu, and enjoyed a relaxing night out on the waterfront. ..

"Zoom is great and you can have intimate conversations, but sharing your experience with someone really deepens your connection," says Kim.

"And there was that physical connection," Kimberly added. "I have a big hug, so of course I had to hug as soon as I met, because that physical connection is really important to me."

And the fact that the two Kimberlies shared their names was even more apparent when they were hanging out directly together. It was a source of much entertainment.

"It's really when I hit me because I'm with a partner who was calling us by our name, and I'm listening to my name "Kim says with a laugh.

The group had a great time hiking and enjoying California together.

The group had a great time hiking and enjoying California together.

Courtesy Kimberly Pflieger and Kim Pflieger

Kimberly brought to Los Angeles various information and research on her family tree. There was no clear connection with Kim's family, but the two women are now planning to analyze their DNA. They are still intrigued about whether there is a link somewhere.

Two women are also planning their next meeting, and Kim and her husband will visit Kimberly, Canada and her partner this fall. Many vacations together.

Their dream journey was to the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, formerly known as Alsace-Lorraine. They like the idea of ​​enjoying plenty of delicious French wine while digging into the family tree together.

Kim and Kimberly have lots in common, including a love of fine wine.

Kim and Kimberly have a lot in common, including their love for fine wines.

Courtesy Kimberly Pflieger and Kim Pflieger

When Kim first contacted Kimberly, she didn't expect to find her best friend. The unexpected results support Kim's belief in the importance of being "curious, trusting my intuition, and open-minded."

Both women also say that their unexpected connections brought them joy and comfort during times of instability.

“I found it very heartwarming and fun to be able to connect with people who didn't know they lived in other countries,” says Kimberly.

"Despite all the turmoil, you can build and grow relationships with someone, build relationships and grow. You can.

And for me, the biggest part of being human is that we are open and able to connect, because we are all social. Because we need a good connection. "