The Daily Post Discover Challenge : Chance Encounter

Many a time in life, some people come into our lives and go, chance encounters but they remain a part of our lives. A few years ago we had been to Sofia, Bulgaria. Whenever we asked for directions  so many people went out of the way to help us find the way when we got lost while exploring the place, who helped us when we did not know what to,as we did not know the local language and it was hard to understand each other.
There was this sweet old lady we met on the bus, on our way to Boyana Church, some distance away from Sofia. We did not know where we had to get down. This lady was getting down at the same place to meet some of her friends. She showed us the way almost till the church and stood till she was sure that we had taken the right road. We felt so nice. She was still with her friends when we came out and we waved them a glad goodbye :))

Then on the way back, we took the tram to near our hotel. We bought the tickets but did not know we had to punch them, there were no instructions or pictures to tell us that. After a few minutes, an inspector got in to check the tickets, when she saw our unpunched tickets she was adamant that we should pay the fine. We told her in sign language that we had just bought tickets and that we did not know that we had to punch them but to no avail.
By this time the other passengers started protesting on our behalf. One lady started to reason with the inspector but she was in no mood to listen. Then another man joined in, he was arguing with her, we could not understand a single word. When his reasoning failed he got angry and was literally shouting at her. Then the first lady took out two unpunched tickets from her purse, maybe the local people buy several at a time. The man punched them in the punching instrument fixed on the sides of the coach and gave them to us. The inspector was angry and kept saying something, the other inspector told her to stop arguing. She gave two unpunched tickets to the lady :))
All the passengers were smiling and signed to us that everything was ok. The man got down before could thank him, but we were able to thank the lady. It was such a relief.
It is difficult when people cannot understand each other. Anyway, we not only got to see a beautiful place but also came across such helpful people. They  made our visit so much more memorable.
We may forget the place after many years but such people are always a part of our Life. They make life so much more beautiful.


Boyana Church


The very sweet lady who showed us the way to the church.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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