The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Humbling Scenes: Part I

❤ Welcome to my new readers! So excited to have such awesome readers–new visitors and my long-time pals. 🙂 Traveling this week, so I wanted to share a few stories from my book, “The Nice Thing About Strangers.”. You might like all of these short tales on paper with a lovely cover design from a Turkish designer I met in a bus. (I seem to meet a lot of people in buses.)


The Nice Thing About Strangers

If you have a good sense of direction, please never forget that this is a gift. Like those who can sleep in airplanes, you have been granted something very beautiful. Be grateful for it.

In an attempt to familiarize myself with my new city, I walked for four hours and found none of the places I had planned to visit. I couldn’t find a church I’d hoped to attend, I couldn’t find two other sights I thought I had seen before. I gave up the search after three hours. Yet, it still took me another hour to get home.

Practicing my Turkish (a.k.a. throwing myself at the mercy of strangers), I did ask for directions. I learned that if you ask 10 people, 2 will admit they don’t know, 4 will give vague or counter-productive directions because they don’t want to admit they don’t know, and 4 will give helpful…

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4 comments on “The Humbling Scenes: Part I

  1. joannerambling
    October 10, 2016

    I liked this and I will be back to read part two

  2. Articulate Ana
    October 10, 2016

    Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your writings! So well-written, thoughtful and showing your great gift to observe. Thank you for your blog. Safe and happy travels this week, looking forward to more stories. Ana

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 12, 2016

      Thank you so much for this lovely note, Ana! I appreciate it and I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I’ll be following you as well (though my Dutch leaves much to be desired…). Thank you again for making my day.

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