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.)

–Paige
Izmir

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.
      Paige

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