The first time I flew abroad by myself in my adult life was to the UK in 2009. On my flight I sat next to a British couple around my age. At first I was kinda like great, these two are gonna be annoying and talk the whole time! 😮
Surprisingly they were quiet. The guy knocked out. The girl sat next to me and started a conversation, which, usually I don’t like to talk to my “seat next door” person. She was cool though and the best part was that she had a bottle of vodka from duty free and offered me some to put in my cranberry juice lol. I didn’t even see that coming but it was great! We became facebook friends and that’s about it but she made my flight extremely enjoyable!
Another person I will never forget was a sweet little girl named…well, we decided her name was Consuela. We were in the bathroom at our resort in Mexico and I heard my friend telling someone that they could go use the next available stall. I didn’t hear a response. When I was washing my hands, the cutest little girl came over and politely smiled as she shyly washed her hands. She kept staring at me. She was ADORABLE!! My friend later told me she was telling the little girl to go next for the bathroom, but the little girl kept insisting she go next. Later, we saw her with what appeared to be her mom and some of her friends. She was singing and wasn’t acting like the shy little girl we saw before! We started calling her Chiquita, but then later decided to name her Consuela. I was hoping to bump into her again so we could get a selfie with her, but it never happened. Boo!
I must also note, our cab driver in Mexico, named Enrique Eglasias! He was awesome!
I have a friend who I met abroad once (who is hopefully reading this blog btw) we found out we went to the same university at around the same time! We added each other on Facebook to discover we had like 10 mutual friends! Really makes you realize how small this world is!
These are just a few examples of experiences I’ve had. Thankfully so far I have not ran into harmful people, because you do have to be careful who you trust, as not everyone has good intentions. Not everyone wants to be your friend, definitely keep an eye out for the bad seeds and be careful not to give out too much personal info, especially if you sense something odd.
I’m the type of person that make friends very easily, everywhere I go and obviously I LOVE making friends when I travel! I have had some interesting encounters with people in this world. Some that have lasted, some that were just encounters that were temporary. I’m a pretty spiritual person, and I believe in the universe. I believe that certain people in certain circumstances appear in the story of your life for a reason, and that you will know it once you encounter it. You never know what you can learn from someone you may cross paths with at any given moment.