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According to the Macmillan Dictionary, find yourself somewhere means to realize that you are in a place or doing something without really intending or planning to.

In this regard, I wonder whether this phrase can be used to express a situation you got into by chance.

Once I went out to buy milk. Eventually, I found myself at a mass demonstration. I didn't want to protest against closure of the pit and couldn’t realize how I got there.

EDIT. The reason for being involved in the demonstration is that one was curious about what was going on, and got too close to the rally. Then one found oneself at the epicentre of events, suddenly and unexpectedly.

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    Eventually is probably not the best word here, but your use of the phrase I found myself is perfectly fine. – Stephie May 18 '15 at 14:39
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Using eventually makes this seem like you had a memory lapse and ended up somewhere other than what you intended. Maybe you started wandering around? Because in this example we have no idea what happened in the mean time.

Maybe better would be:

Once I went out to buy milk. On the way there, I found myself at a mass demonstration. I didn't want to protest against closure of the pit and couldn’t realize how I got there.

Clearly it was not the plan since you said you were going to the store.

Here is an example using eventually where you know basically what was happening:

I kept driving on the road along the Russian River, and eventually we arrived at the beach.

  • By eventually I meant something like to cut to the chase or to put it briefly, but definitely not a memory lapse :) The situation is that you were curious about what was going on, and kept going closer. Everyone shouted, someone called the police. And suddenly you found yourself at the epicentre of events. That's as it may be. – user18856 May 18 '15 at 17:05
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    Then I might go with something like as it turned out or as events unfolded. But to really pin down this phrasing, we need more context in the question (your comment is better). – user3169 May 18 '15 at 17:18
  • I see, the eventually is a wrong choice here. I find that helpful. – user18856 May 18 '15 at 19:36

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