What is an experience you had with a co-passenger that you’ll never forget?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 27, 2020 01:30 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 27, 2020 01:30 PM

I was travelling on an overnight bus leaving at midnight from the city to a coastal town. The last passenger, an overdressed young lady, boarded & about 10 minutes later, we were on our way. Then, the bus made a stop at about 3+am at a place that I had absolutely no clue where! The overdressed lady was already seated at a table with her hot coffee, she smiled & motioned for me to join her. I did & learned that her name was Kathy. Apparently, not wanting to miss the bus, she’d come straight from attending a wedding & hadn’t bothered to change, hence the fancy dress. She added that the coastal town we were heading to is actually her hometown & she was going home to visit family. I, in turn, told her that I was going to an island off the coast & would stop at the jetty to take the earliest boat out.

It was slightly past 6.00am & still dark when we’d arrived at our destination where the bus made 2 stops; first at the town centre, where a majority of the passengers got off, & another at the jetty. Kathy, who was still on the now almost empty bus, came to sit beside me & expressed concern about leaving me all alone at the isolated jetty while still dark. So, she’d arranged for her brother to meet us there as, according to him (a local who’d know these things better), the first boat wouldn’t leave until at least 7.45am & that too was depending on the tide conditions.

So, we met him, grabbed breakfast, then they took me on a wonderful, scenic drive past small paddy fields, through a small village with pretty wooden houses, past a nice stretch of beach popular among the locals & even stopped at an abandoned rickety wooden jetty previously used by local fishermen before heading back to the jetty. By the time we’d arrived, the ticket counter was open. So, I bought my ticket, thanked them & we said our goodbyes.

This all happened in 2003, before Facebook, camera phones & the likes. We did exchange phone numbers & kept in touch for a while, but we’d sadly lost touch when she’d switched numbers & didn’t update me. Well, it is what it is. Now, 16 years later, this memory is the only thing I have & it is a fond one because she really didn’t have to do any of that, but she did & the kindness offered by this random, overdressed stranger truly touched me & she gave me an experience I definitely won’t forget.

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