The most random, yet nicest thing happened to me on my way up to Segovia. In the last few months I’ve been using Blablacar to travel. Blablacar is a website where drivers can post their journeys, and you can pay them for a space in their car. It’s far cheaper and faster than public transport, as well as a great way to meet new people and practice the language. I took a Blablacar to Madrid on my up to Segovia a few weeks ago.
Each car ride is different, depending on the people. In this instance, the driver and other passengers were all friendly and talkative. During the journey, I had mentioned that I was going to Segovia and I had a four hour wait in Madrid before my next train. Once we got to Madrid, I expected that we would all part ways – as is usually the case. One of the passengers, named Dirk, invited me to lunch with his friend. Bearing in mind that I had only known this man for three hours, I was touched that he was willing to save me from my four-hour boredom by letting me intrude on his lunch.
Dirk wasn’t due to meet his friend for another hour, so together we went to a museum to pass the time. The restaurant is called Hare Krishna, also the name of a religious movement based in Hinduism. Inside the building, we had to take off our shoes and sit on the floor with a cushion. The food was €7 for a full plate of food, including dessert and a drink. It was a different experience to what I was expecting when I was invited for lunch, but it was truly enjoyable. Dirk and his friend were extremely kind to welcome me for the few hours I had to wait in Madrid despite not knowing either of them and I’m glad I was exposed to a place that I would not usually go into.
I’m writing this two days after the tragic bombing in Manchester following an Ariana Grande concert. There are times, especially now, when it feels like this world is only filled with terror and malice. However, the way that the people of Manchester stepped up and came together to help anyone affected in the event from the moment it happened, just goes to show that love always wins. I read a tweet that said ‘Manchester offered one example of the very worst that human beings are capable of. And thousands of the very best…’ And it’s so true. There have been countless tweets, retweets and shared posts on social media of people trying to help others find their loved ones injured or missing after the bombing. It is imperative that we don’t lose faith in humanity because of the terrible actions of one person.
Going back to my original story, an act of kindness, big or small, can go a long way. I appreciated those few hours in Madrid with Dirk and his friend, and it didn’t cost him anything at all to be nice to me. It’s probably a good time to mention a friend of mine from school. Unfortunately, she recently took her own life. Every death is difficult, but it really hurts when somebody is taken from us at such a young age. We all remember Caitlin as a beautiful, happy and outgoing young woman. However, sometimes it’s difficult for us to see the pain that people are hiding. That’s why it is important to always be nice to others, talk to people you don’t know and help those in need. It doesn’t take much and it just might brighten somebody’s day, and who knows how much of an impact that will have.
In memory of Caitlin Cook and the victims of the Manchester bombing.
Rest in peace x