Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ABC Wednesday: K is for . . .


~ Kindness ~

In 2010 I wrote a post called Let Kindness Be Your Guide which is part of my Travel Thoughts series that I started.  The premise of the post is that while traveling solo I am always so touched with the amount of kindness I receive from perfect strangers, especially at moments when I needed their kindness the most.  

I thought it would be cool to use this week's K letter to continue my series and share two more encounters I experienced in my travels since I wrote the post.

And here they are: 

2010- I traveled to Amsterdam, Belgium and Berlin for 3 weeks.  On my first day arriving in Berlin I decided to venture out to Alexander Platz to visit the beautiful Christmas markets.  I took their subway there, but on my way back to my apartment the subway line that I needed to take was closed one stop before I had to exit.  First, a nice local was kind enough to explain what was happening and gave me directions on how to catch a bus to my stop after the train stopped.  Although I followed his directions I still got lost because by this time it was dark.  I had no clue where I was.  Suddenly I saw a Berliner walking up eating a sandwhich. I stopped to ask him for directions. He waited patiently while I pulled up the address of my apartment from my itouch.  He recognized it immediately and with a smile told me to just walk across the park and pointed out the building. I was so relieved and happy.  I couldn't thank him enough.

2012 - While visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy, I decided to hike the famous Sentiero degli Dei ("Path of the Gods") trail up high above the coast.  Although, I am perfectly fearless (well to a point anyway) traveling solo for some reason while I was up in the trails by myself, I became rather scared at one point. I made the mistake of watching the movie 127 Hours before my trip and my imagination took hold of me.  I started to think about what would happen if I fell and was stranded up here in the hills for hours. I just had one bottle of water to last me. Suddenly this dog out of no where appeared and literally kept me company and escorted me on the trail until I reached the town of Nocella. As soon as we reached the town, he took off.  I will never forget this little guy's kindness. :) Here's a little quick video that I did of him (I have to warn you that there is a lot of shake). 


So as the lyrics in the song by Jackie DeShannon says, Let kindness be your guide . . .


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11 comments:

  1. A great post, Kathy! I too will never forget some of the "kindness of strangers" experiences I've had when traveling. And I love that song!

    Hope you're having a good week.

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    1. Hi Annie, thanks so much for liking my photos. They are repeat photos and video's but I thought they would go well with the theme. :) Meeting people while traveling and experiences their kindness and generosity is sometimes the best part of traveling. I love that song too!

      Have a great week. Idol tonight. :)

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  2. Never too much kindness in the world. and love that song.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. Hi Roger, thanks so much for your comments. Yes, there's never too much of this K word in the world. I love that song too. Such a classic and by her peace sign one can tell what was happening in the world when this was made.

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  4. Love this mantra. Nice posting, K! (menehune a/k/a flygirl)

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    1. Hi M, thanks for liking my mantra. :)

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  5. Kathy, great post. I just came back from 2 weeks in Europe. Kindness is hard to find in some places while in others it just radiates. Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Hi Deborah, thanks so much for liking my post. That's so cool that you just came back from Europe. Hope you had a wonderful trip and got loads of kindness while there.

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  6. What sweet examples of kindness. Sometimes we just need this and it happens at the most opportune times. This has always been a goal of mine-to be kind to others. Great post.
    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks so much for liking my examples. It's a wonderful goal to have to be kind to others. I believe in the Kindness ripple effect. The more that we spread it around the better life can be for everyone.

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  7. Hi Everyone, thanks so much for your wonderful comments and for liking my choice for this week. See you all next week for "L". :)

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