💝THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS💝 I wanted to share this story for a while now but then life happens.
Inspired by the stories from @fearghal_o 's book "the kindness of strangers", I'm finally sharing my own story of one of the many kindnesses I received from strangers while traveling.
When climbing Kilimanjaro, most people go with a crew: guides, assistant guides, chef, camp manager and porters.
The porters are the real heros of the mountain. They carry the tents, our 20kg duffle bags and every piece of equipment needed for the camp.
They walk faster than us sometimes on harder routes just to make sure camp is all setup and ready before our arrival.
Mike was my porter. He introduced himself to me on my second day on the mountain.
Mike would fullfil his job of carrying my duffle bag to the next camp but then he would come back meet me half way. Sometimes he'd offer to carry my daybag or to hold my arm help me keep moving or simply he'd walk by my side without expecting anything in return except maybe practicing his English.
On summit day, Mike volunteered to summit with us. Soon after we started our ascent, I was already struggling. That's when Mike took my daybag and didn't leave my side till I made it to the peak.
I was in pain and tears on my way to that summit. Mike kept telling me "Come on Bibi, you can do it" "you're almost there". Sometimes, he just pat on my shoulder and it meant all the encouragement of the world.
If you look closer to the photo, you'll notice we are not just having a celebratory hug. Mike is actually holding me not to fall.
I'm forever grateful to Mike and our crew. They have a very hard job for so little money but this didn't stop them from showing us so much love and kindness.
They wanted us to succeed. They wanted us to conquer the mountain.
Prior to summiting the mountain, all my focus was on reaching the peak. Little did I know that the most memorable beautiful thing about my Kilimanjaro adventure is my #kilifamily 💝
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