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NICEST thing a stranger has done for you while traveling?

NICEST thing a stranger has done for you while traveling?

Nov 2nd, 2000, 08:34 AM
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The nicest thing done for me happened as I was relocating from Panama to New York. In arriving in NJ airport I discovered that my flight had been cancelled. I was 23 yrs old,was transporting my dog and had no idea where she was, it was very late and I had no idea what to do. My parents, who are avid travellers, were not answering their phone so I was pretty much clueless. After trying ,unsuccesfully, to recive info. from my airline I finally found my way to the correct area. After getting lined up for the next flight, 5hrs away, I sat down to wait. And then they came. Two older folks who had just returned from a cruise. We started to chat and the next thing I knew they had found out where my dog was, ensured she made the next flight and found someone to take me to her to give her water and love. The couple, as it turned out, were boarding the same flight as me and they spent the next 5hrs visiting with me. Once at our destination they came to meet my family to ensure that, in their words, "your family is nice enough to take you home and that they know how sweet you are". They also waited to make sure my dog had made it and so they could give her some petting. They made what could have been horrible a wonderful time.
Nov 2nd, 2000, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for reviving this!
Paris for the first time. Air France Shuttle left me outside Montparrnesse Station. He spoke no English and me no French. I showed him the address of the Hotel. He was on a break and instead of relaxing, he walked me right there!
Numerous times that someone stopped when I had a flat tire. Or the man that got out of his car on FDR in Manhattan in the pouring rain to give my car a boost...or the person who mailed back my full wallet with no return address on the envelope...
I try to the same for others because of the times I have had to rely on the "kindness of strangers"
Nov 2nd, 2000, 10:55 AM
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Several years ago walking along Blvd. St. Michel in Paris, by partner tripped over one of those low posts and went headfirst into the pavement. His face was spraying blood in all directions. A local businessman in suit with briefcase stopped, immediately discovered we were American and spoke no French, so proceeded to lead us two blocks to a pharmacy and communicate to the pharmacist what had happened. He waited with us for about a half hour until he knew everything was OK, as the pharmacist didn't speak English. He left while we were still busy with the pharmacist and to this day am not sure if we ever completely thanked him, although I know we kept thanking him over and over again as he was leading us to help. Meanwhile the treatment at the pharmacy was better than any emergency room I've been to in the US. He cleaned the wounds, used butterfly bandages (almost like stitches) to hold the wound closed. Treated it with some miracle liquid and totally dressed the three areas that were cut and scratched on his face. The total cost was about $3.00.
That day is just one of the reasons I've never understood that deal about how rude all Parisians are.
Nov 2nd, 2000, 03:39 PM
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Last weeekend I was in Boston on business. I had a rushed lunch at Legal. My female server apologized for my meal delay. I asked if there was a bookstore nearby. When she returned with my meal, she also brought copy of new paperback she had just purchased. Told me to read and mail it back. I mailed her copy back today with a gift certificate to Barnes/Noble. By the way, the novel was great.
Nov 3rd, 2000, 04:06 AM
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Nov 3rd, 2000, 07:29 AM
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After we were married in Vegas, a man offered to take our picture with our camera during our side trip to Hoover dam. My wife and I still refer to it as our "wedding portrait" 20 years later.
Whenever I travel now, if I see a couple or a group posing for a picture I offer to take a picture so nobody gets left out. I do this a lot in Vegas for foreign visitors and I think it's a nice gesture that leaves a good impression of Americans that doesn't cost anything to do and people really appreciate it.
Nov 3rd, 2000, 08:05 AM
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My husband and I and another couple were in New York City a couple of years ago. We took a cab to a restaurant and while we waited for our table, my husband realized he did not have his wallet. He quicky called to report it as stolen and we assumed he had either dropped it in the cab while paying, or dropped it on the street.
While we were dining, the maitre'd (sp?)came to our table with the wallet, which the cab driver had found in the cab and returned! We were amazed and wanted to give the cab driver a reward, but he had left again.
Nov 3rd, 2000, 12:09 PM
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Nov 5th, 2000, 04:27 PM
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Elaine, HELLO, what was the novel? The one the waitress gave you and you returned. Must know. Thanks.
Nov 7th, 2000, 12:15 PM
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Vancouver -- the bus driver who let our family of 3 stay on board although we didn't have enough change to pay the fare

Cooperstown NY -- the teacher and his son who were moving into their new house but stopped to drive us several miles to our hotel when our car broke down

Little moments like these and the ones listed often "make" a trip.
Nov 7th, 2000, 04:27 PM
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I was in Germany and broke my camera. Went into a camera shop to try to rent one, and they lent me one--no deposit or identification, no charge. That's really making a tourist feel welcome!
Nov 7th, 2000, 05:24 PM
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wow...this sure does restore my faith in humanity. Given my state mind, where I live and the people who surround me in my county - reading posts like these make me feel better about people. HOWEVER, I STILL love my dogs more. LOL
Nov 8th, 2000, 12:17 PM
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1985-Oxford UK. I was researching a paper on the limestone used to construct the colleges and found an out-of-print book I'd been looking for, Oxford Stone, in a bookstore in a small village. I knew the quarry was nearby and the woman in the shop told me the owner would be very unfriendly. When I found his house, he greeted me like a long lost friend, walked me through grassy fields to where the quarry had been and proudly pointed to his snapshot in the book. He was great!

1980--Alcala de Guadaira, Spain. My late husband and I had lived there from 1968 to 1970. Our best friend lived with his mother a few blocks from us. When we returned in 1980 to drop in and visit, the neighbors took us to his new house where he lived with his wife and baby daughter.

1984-The Bear Pub, Oxford--not sure if this counts as kindness but I got a kick out of the Brits teasing me. One Welsh undergraduate told me he was studying the dunging habits of rabbits. Another told me that one evening one undergraduate was thrashing another. A Texan tourist pulled off his belt with its huge metal belt buckle and said "Well, hell, use this!"

Wish I had more!
Nov 9th, 2000, 10:09 AM
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A kind man saved mine and my husbands life while in Chicago. While walking the busy streets and talking, we were so absorbed in conversation, that we did not see the "STOP" sign light up. My husband and I nearly walked right into oncoming traffic and a kind man, calmly told us to stop. And just as he said that, we did, and missed being hit by a taxi going about 50mph. God bless that man! I believe he was an Angel. We both would have been severly injured or dead if he would not intervened. I think of him often and pray for him to this day! So stranger, if you read this, "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL THAT YOU DO!"
Nov 10th, 2000, 04:31 AM
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People leave things in rental cars for me to find. One person left a 'Mini Office' kit - zip pouch containing little stapler, sticky tape, notepad etc. The next time I rented a car someone had left a pair of Ray Banns for me ( From Penang ).
Dec 25th, 2000, 05:06 PM
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Nice thing #1

I lost a $5,000 diamond ring that my dad had given me for college graduation...

...re-traced my steps a few days later and a restaurant owner, who was working behind the bar smiled, went into his office and returned with it.

Someone found it in the bathroom sink and turned it in. Now that's a miracle!

Nice thing #2

I drank too much and spent all my money while on a Padre Island vacation in College...

The hotel I was staying at forgave the last day of three I stayed there...gave me a free ride to the airport in their limo...and the driver personally gave me $10 out of his own pocket to eat on.

Now that's NICE!

Dec 27th, 2000, 06:08 AM
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When I first arrived in the small town of Macerata, Italy, I had no way to get to my hotel. I had been told that I could catch a taxi at the train station, but when I suggested that to the people in the coffee bar at the train station, the people just laughed. Standing there, helpless, I didn't know what to do. Suddenly this man offered me a ride to the hotel, and he took me there and helped me with my luggage and everything. I am very grateful to him for that.

Jan 6th, 2001, 05:41 AM
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The nicest thing a stranger did for us was SAVE MY MARRIAGE... YES WHILE I WAS ON VACATION...

To this day we feel that our stanger was an angel. I was on a business trip in Atlanta and I asked my wife to come with me sensing that she was growing tired of my travels and also fearing a new friend she had back home and was spending time with. We stayed an extra day and I decided to go to a restaurant advertised in the hotel as romantic fondue house called Dantes. When we got to Dantes the hostess (our angel) at the front door said she didnt have a table. I remember to this day my wife's sigh and rolling of her eyes (she really did not want to come with me) Quickly our angel smiled and said however if you give me a moment I have an idea. She picked up the phone and within seconds had a plan for us. The plan, the Atlanta High Musuem was having a special exhibit by Monet in the evening, she had made arrangements for us to go to the gallery first, and come back for dinner later. My wife's face lit up, like a kid. She was excited. The girl gave us directions and off we went, when we returned, to the restaurant, our angel had arranged the most romantic table in the house, overlooking the jazz band, she also put extra candles on the table and alerted the waiter to give us extra loving care. The night was wonderful, we laughed that night and had such a great time. The next morning my wife confided to me that she had been thinking about getting a divorce but that the prior night reminded her about how much fun we can have together. We decided to seek marriage counseling and I agreed to look for a job that did not include travel. That was almost three years ago, and today I am self employed from my home, my wife is happy and we have a wonderful marriage. It is funny when I see the tv shoes touched by an angel and dark, angel, our angel was a cross between the two.

Jan 8th, 2001, 06:51 AM
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Ive really enjoyed reading these uplifting stories!Here's mine:
Several years ago my wife,daughter and 5 week old puppy were heading home to Baltimore after visiting friends in Pensacola.We had reservations to spend the night in Charlotte N.C.. It was getting late and we were all tired and hungry when the water pump in our Lumina minivan went up!We called AAA and they sent a tow truck out to us . The truck driver towed us to our motel and said he woul come back in the morning to get the van to a repair shop.At 7:00 A.M. the same driver came back and he and I went to a gas station to get the van fixed. As an out of towner , I was concerned that I would be taken advantage of, but the people at the station were extremely hospitable and made sure I was comfortable with plenty of coffee to warm me up. The repairs were done quickly and reasonably and they had us back on the road before we would have been if we hadn't broken down! Thank goodness for their "Southern Hospitality"!
Jun 15th, 2001, 08:19 AM
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