The Kindness of Strangers

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by WilliamC, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    The Turkish & their tea :biggrin:. I can remember how hard it could be to busk in places there, not for lack of generosity but for the amount of tea the shop owners would ply you with, you didn't have time to do anything. Finish one glass the shop next door brings you another & so on (used to think it was just my playing :().
    Can't speak for the whole country of course, but as I found them they seem to be very hospitable to people they perceive to be on the road in any form.
    (Hell, I've even had tea with the grey wolves in Soma, that was of course till I realized where I was & got outta there)
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  2. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Nice one....
  3. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Hitching still good, so far, in lovely Scotland.... A two whole two minutes for first lift from Achnasheen . Maybe ten (?) for todays... If it ever goes over twenty mins wait, I have to hide him in a ditch :biggrin:
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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker


    I suspect it is his well-turned ankle that is ensuring the carriage.....
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  5. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Oh Gosh @edh you're most probably right.... Silly me..:frown:.. The fact that I'm the one out front with the winning smile, and he's lurking behind looking furtively at sheep... Had indeed clouded my realisation of this likelihood... :rolleyes:

    Personally I'm more of a 'calf' gurl myself..... But wouldn't it be 'just the dullest' if we were all cut of the same cloth??
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  6. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    looking furtively at sheep

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  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Yesterday was the first day of Şeker Bayramı (Eid), when it is traditional to offer sweetmeats to visitors, in the case of Nebi and his mother even if they are only a couple of random, smelly hikers just passing by...
    ... and everything has to be carried in and out of your camp by mule.
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  8. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    A big thank you to Ismail, muhtar (elected headman) of Anavarza (an interesting place, worth googling) and his two companions in a Tofas Murat (Turkish version of the Fiat 124) for picking up two grubby hikers and cramming them into the back of their car, meaning that we will be home for beer and bed instead of having to decide whether to walk on into the night then spend hours outside the minibus office waiting for it to open, or look for a sub-par camp spot somewhere on the walk out.
    And kudos for, with a small car already containing 5 people and 2 packs, still stopping to pick up a man hitching home from work at the mine and squeezing him in the front as well.
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  9. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    I love threads like this, despite the derailment.

    I've had water filters and money loaned when my filter quit working and I realized I'd left my wallet in my truck, 30 miles away.

    I've had rides to and from trailheads, and a private and secure driveway to parl my truck while hiking.

    I've had people photograph and text me copies of their guide book when I lost the cut-out section of mine I needed to complete the hike.

    I've had people share water when I ran out, and share with my dogs too.

    I'm sure there are more but those are the ones that immediately come to mind
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  10. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Nicest thing that happened to me:

    About 12 years ago, when I re-engaged with backpacking after 25 years or so, as a way of climbing what was billed as 'the most remote Munro' (aka A'Mhaidhean). Parked on a misty/wet late afternoon at a car park in Poolewe. I'll never forget the sudden rush of pure joy as I shouldered the rucksack. There had been some difficult stuff in my personal life and I'd forgotten what it was like to feel anything.

    Anyway, two days/nights later, with the mountain climbed, I got back to the car park; elated, weary, blistered and 'midged'. A young man was there, a Frenchman from Burgundy. We got chatting even though our knowledge of each others' language was hopeless. From nowhere he produced a bottle of red, and insisted on presenting it to me. It was a St Aubin, from his own vineyard. I made him write his email address on the label. Sadly, I drank the wine (excellent) and ditched the bottle before remembering to get back in touch.

    Generosity of spirit. It's what makes life worth living.
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  11. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

    Inspired by @WilliamC ´s hint to this thread I´d like to thank (again) the following people who made our holiday even more enjoyable than it would have been anyway.:thumbsup: If I think about it there were MANY situations during our walks all over the world where you see almost embarassing kindness and hospitality.

    1.The couple at the tearoom in Kildale when they heard that we ran out of food and would have had an oddysey to get some at Castleton. They donated their (for sure expensive) lunch packages and saved our arxxx for the day.

    2.Diane and David,the two youth workers we met at Kildale Camping Barn, who invited us to a pub 5 miles away, paid the rounds and didn´t even let us think of returning the favour. A couple of hours spent with interesting talks about almost everything (in German you´d say "Gott und die Welt") and loads of fun.Hope to see them again next year.

    3.The two Scottish girls we first met at Dotty´s tearoom in Staithes and then again at a nice rest on the next stage,where they gifted us two of Dotty´s "Scones of Death" ,sind they were a bit overloaded with food.What a nice surprise.

    4. The driving instructor in Leeds we asked for the next bus stop and who gave us a lift of about 200mtrs since it would have been too difficult to explain.:D

    5.Our host Sunny in Leeds, the most friendly guy you can imagine. You need something,call Sunny. You don´t know something,call Sunny.Best restaurant in the hood?Ask Sunny. Great guy.

    Countless people in any situation who asked "You´re ok?" when you were just looking around to find the next signpost.nce they lived in Min
    The guy on the bus who offered his assistance when we discussed where to change the bus (in German!).He´d been in Germany with the RAF for a couple of years and explained us our options in German.
    The couple at Robin Hood´s Bay answering our "Hello" with "Guten Abend" since they lived in Munich for 2 years.:)
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  12. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Going back a few years, but I hitched to hockenheim, to see foggy riding the rc45 I think. Turns out the race course is mies away. First people I ask for directions gave me a lift to the door. Where the German lads I camped next to plied me with beers for the night.
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  13. marytuckers

    marytuckers Day Walker

    I like to walk during the rain too, it's some kind of a pleasant feeling for me, the sound of the rain drops and the relief after getting rid of the fear of wet clothes ^_^
  14. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Having a sweet tooth, well pretty much all my teeth, I was lucky enough to employ a lady from the local Ahmadi community when I ran a kitchen, just the best sweets during Eid.:drool:
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  15. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    A big thank you to Ramazan, who picked us up on the outskirts of Pozantı last Saturday afternoon, offered us a meal and took us to the minibus stop saving us a mile or so tedious walking through acres of tyre refitters and exhaust repairers. And who turned out to be Pozantı's ex-mayor and current mayoral candidate for the ruling party, so we had to adjust our prejudices somewhat.
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  16. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Here's thanks to the shepherdess who gave us some of her own store of water on the slog up Koşangedik pass on Monday.
    And to the two anonymous guys in Horoz village who insisted we take handfuls of freshly picked red and yellow cherries from their buckets.
    But especially to Hüseyin for giving us a ride in his gravel-hauling lorry for the 20kms or so along the road from Horoz to Pozantı, meaning that we're now on a bus on the way home and will arrive in time for a beer before bed, rather than arriving in the middle of the night.
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  17. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Thanks to whoever the guy in the bottom right of this photo is; he took the time to stand under his load while shouting out to us the route we needed to take as we stood puzzling at a point where a new road parallel to the old track had partly obscured it.
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  18. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

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  19. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    :D it took three passes before I realised he wasn't a bush.
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  20. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    On the GR10 this year, I hit terrible weather approaching Bagnères-de-Luchon - wind gusting 100kph, rain and thick fog. Morale was pants as I'd had a couple of senior moments - left half my wash-kit in a campsite bathroom, then paid for a packed lunch from the refuge at Lac d'Oo, put it on the table while I put my boots on, and promptly forgot it. The forecast was for the weather to deteriorate further to severe storms by mid afternoon, so not feeling happy at all. Then I was caught up by a pair of trail runners, who delivered my packed lunch just before midday - the lass running the refuge realised who'd left it and flagged down the runners to catch me up with it. Deep joy! After lunch was caught up by the lovely and very fast Dominique, a French civil servant from Toulouse. He slowed down to accompany me at my by then snail's pace and encourage me along, and despite my protestations refused to leave me to battle through the awful weather alone. He then insisted on

    a) buying me wine at the ski station (very French!)
    b) giving me his soap and toothpaste
    c) arranging a lift for me to the campsite to save a mile of slogging through the town centre

    And no, he wasn't hitting on a solo girl hiker, he met his girlfriend in town and bid me "bonne continuation" - a true French gentleman!
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  21. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    @Heltrekker I remember Dominique! Don't I? Slim guy with specs, very fast. He was at the Gite in Fos where I met you?
  22. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    Check out the Biblical story of Yael and Sisera. Admittedly I only know this story because I know someone called Yael, so here is in one sentence: Yael killed Sisera by driving a tent peg through his head while he slept.

    I met numerous kind Kiwis when I was out there. Perhaps the kindest was a half-Maori couple in the Northland, who, seeing me hitching with no luck (in fact there was hardly any traffic) somewhere near the end of their (long) drive, invited me to stay with them. I was there about a week, I think!
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  23. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Random package arrived this morning... I'm sure it gave some postal workers a giggle or a shudder due to additional wording:D
    Im even more confused at how they obtained my recent address!

    My jaded memory, suggested a local member as I'd seen him add a certain non word feature to a parcel in the past... Alas it seems? To not be him!

    Who ever you are, I thank you sincerely :thumbsup: its a very nice jesture and the content is uplifting.
    I'm only going to read it when I'm hearing the bark of the black dog in the distance.
    There is a paragraph in the description that jumped instantly forward, made me smile inside.

    Again thank you, gud'elth, skol, cheers...
    Sithee :thumbsup:
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  24. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Glad you like it
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  25. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Your reply has just widened my grin.... Thank you buddy, I'm well chuffed :thumbsup:
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