Hidden Valley Waterfall

Hidden Valley Waterfall

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kindness of locals astounds me

Being in a country where you do not speak the language can be very overwhelming. Luckily, Kazakhs are understanding people (the majority at least). This afternoon, I went grocery shopping at the big store, which requires a bus or taxi due to the distance. Yes, there are local ones closer, but this one is like the "super Walmart" of them all. My friend and I must have gotten on the wrong bus. The bus attendant didn't understand why we were not getting off. She tried talking to us and we just gave the "deer in the headlights" look. She was frustrated with our lack of communication skills and asked if ANYONE on the bus spoke English. Unfortunately,  none did. Then...he appeared! A young man who was able to help. He told us what stop to get off and informed us he'd let us know when. He then informed the attendant to back off...or so it seemed. ;)  We finally made it to where we were going.

Upon checking out, the cashier tried to tell us something, but again, we gave the "deer in the headlights" look. She just smiled and waved us on through to her checkout. Here, she was trying to say she was closed, but when  she realized how "lost" we were, she just helped us out. I am grateful that kindness is not limited to just words, but appears in actions as well. Thank you, Kazakhs who helped.

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