Since I’ve started my solo travels in 2014, I’ve always been on the receiving end of the kindness of strangers. And today, I experienced kindness in full circle.
Onboard the ferry from Puerto Galera back to Manila, I met a German woman on her own and on her way to the airport. In my head, at her age she should have at least a companion. Small talk soon ensued and I found out she has one, but opted to stay behind while she decided to head back to Munich because she had a minor accident and won’t be able to swim anyway.
Commuting from the countryside to the airport is not convenient. Not at all. Possibly two transfers: bus and then cab. And in her case, it’s extra difficult because of her luggage and stature: she’s a foreigner. And I don’t want her to be taken advantage of and leave the Philippines with this kind of memory.
True enough, as soon as she stepped from the ferry, there were portmen hounding her get a private van for Php3500 (Eur65).
I just had to step in and took it upon myself to haggle for her and brought it down to Php2500. With her condition, she’s better off in a private van and I told her we can share so I can make sure she gets to the airport safe. But she won’t have it and offered I ride with her.
And while on our way, I asked her what can I do for her. I told her, we can call her husband on Skype or WhatsApp but she said he’ll still be asleep. All she asked instead was that I check if there’s a Saudia flight today for her connecting flight to Jeddah for Munich.
Some three hours later, we arrived at the airport and Edda and I hugged each other goodbye. The driver turned out to be a nice fellow and dropped me off at a train station.
So I got back to Manila for free because today, kindness reaped kindness. Sweet.
Have a safe flight, Edda. Godspeed.