When you are travelling there are many times when you might think ‘I hate people’. You may think of yourself as a lover of humanity, as always patient and understanding. But, when you have been stuck on a bus for 7 hours, a bus that hasn’t even made it to a main road, and where there is a woman basically trying to sit on your lap as there is no other space, and when the driver is honking every ten seconds for no apparent reason, then you are sure to get a little bit of the ‘I hate people’s.
However, this isn’t a post about negativity and how we should all become hermits lest we get stuck in a traffic jam or someone invades our precious personal space. No, this is a post about those times when something amazing happens to restore your faith in the good of mankind. It’s about the random acts of kindess that can make your day. Because these are the moments that matter. And if you are open to them then those other times won’t seem so bad…
So, in this story of random acts of kindess, we had just got to Mombasa, Kenya after a not so enjoyable bus ride not too dissimilar to the one mentioned above. We were grotty, tired and in desperate need of some sustenance. So when a gentlemen from what appeared to be a road side cafe beckoned us over, minutes after getting off the bus, we happily joined him. We sat on a bench and accepted a small glass of hot steaming chai from the kind man and after the first few sips we began to feel somewhat restored. We sat there for maybe half an hour while the man looked on at us, smiling away, and refilling our cups now and again – it was just what we needed. Chai is incredible any time of the day, but especially at 7am after a gruelling bus journey.
And then what happened next was so heart warming that I still recall that 30 minutes perfectly to this day, and I do not have the best memory. When we’d had our fill of delicious Chai and we got up to pay, the man shook his head and wagged his fingers and sent us on our way!
This kind man did not need to give us free chai. We were quite happy to pay the £1 for 6 cups that it would have cost us (who wouldn’t at that price!). But he did, and for no apparent reason other than to see us enter his hometown a little happier and more awake! If that is not proof of the good in humanity I don’t know what is!
It is those little moments connecting with wonderful, kind people all over the world that make travelling so awesome. Those little moments that you will always remember.
Do you have any stories of random acts of kindness? Tell me about them below! I would love to hear from you.