There is a common story amongst travelers, a story of risk that results in an expansion of something in your chest. These stories revolve around those we meet and the sudden spark that happens. These are my favorite type of stories, and every traveler has one. How each one starts and evolves is different but how they end is ever so common.
My biggest advice for you is take the risk, and although it made not result in what you hoped, it will make for the most interesting story on your trip.
So how does it start. Very simple, like a story straight out of a book. Two individuals meet in a foreign place. The initiation is simple, “Hello, I’m (fill in the blank).
Two people from different worlds, different languages, different cultures, yet your conversations flow endlessly to a rhythm that never loses beat.
Day turns into night and you discover more about each other. You begin to notice little details that make you more attracted to them. The wrinkle above her nose when she smiles. His contagious laugh.
You both act coy, trying not to seem overly interested and even though others seek your attention you continuously engage in conversation with each other, eager to learn more about this perfect stranger.
Nothing is ever set in stone and even when a night is looking promising either party can still ruin these perfect moments. The fact that we don’t know what the other person is thinking is what makes this ever so interesting and exciting.
Finally, the night is coming to a close, do I make a move or do I simply say good night. Is he going to make a move? Maybe he’s not interested. Maybe I should just say goodnight.
The intensity builds up, you ago against your fears and kiss her. She kisses you back.
The next morning you are asleep next to a perfect stranger. Your arms around each other, finding yourself strangely comfortable. You’ve been here before with an individual you’ve known for years, but this time you’ve only know this person for 24 hours.
A perfect sleep is ruined by a screeching alarm clock. Reality sets in. It’s time to go, your flight leaves in 2 hours, but then a strange thought hits you, “Maybe I should stay”.
You motion ever so gently to turn off the alarm clock and not wake her. You failed.
She lays there and wonders, “Is he going to leave? Maybe he’ll stay”.
You make up your mind, “this is ludicrous, I’m staying the course……but maybe just maybe”
You lie there and watch him pack his bags reminding you that you both have different destinations, different paths, and different futures.
Neither wants this to end and both wish there was more time but they accept what it is, a perfect 24 hours, why ruin it.
They look at each other one last time, both hold back what they really want to say, “Stay!”, “I’m staying!”.
He kisses her goodbye.
All good things must come to an end, regardless if it last 24 hours or several days. Both parties remain in contact, but eventually communication seizes as they return to their routine lives’. Their moment together becomes a faint memory, but it will never disappear.
But every once in a while a song, an artifact, or a joke will remind them of each other and they smile is brought to their face. They wonder, “I wonder what she/he is doing”. They snap back to reality when their friend asks them, “What are you smiling about silly?”. They respond, “Nothing….so what are we drinking?”
By now you are probably wondering if this has happened to me or if this story is directly from my own experience. Perhaps, or maybe it belongs to a friend, really it’s a story that belongs to all us but in many different variations. There are of course so many more details to this story that make it more intriguing and humorous, but I try to keep my blog posts short so I don’t lose your interest.
I have yet to hear a story that has ended differently, and although the ending is not what you want to hear, every traveler treasures these memories. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in the enthusiasm of their voice. This is why these are my favorite stories to hear, because they are real, touching, adventurous and straight risky. Traveling exposes us to these experiences and trust me it will happen to you, it might even happen more than once.
Good luck out there fellow travelers, safe travels and don’t be afraid to take a risk.