Kindness: The International Language

Olivia here writing to you!

Travel is a nice way to think about ‘big picture’ ideas. There’s a lot less familiar things to distract us and a lot of new information provoking thought.

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I’ve been using a lot of public transportation while in Europe; I love observing people in their elements going to work, university, or home. Riding the bus I’ve noticed and experienced many acts of kindness.

A few days ago I got on the bus and handed the driver a 10 Euro bill for one ticket. The bus driver said he didn’t have change for that amount and he was sorry. I was beyond mortified! I didn’t know what to do. That’s all the cash I had on me.
A woman from the back of the bus, walks towards me and hands me the full fare. In cash! I thanked her and was beyond moved by her act of kindness. She could tell by my broken Italian that I was an American she would probably never see me again.

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Thanks to that lady on that bus I was able to get to where I needed to that day.

This has led me to realize that it doesn’t take a lot to help someone in need. A simple act of kindness is enough to change someone’s day!

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