Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it
Last month we received a request in Instagram from the profile “travelwanderer” requesting for a stay at our place. Tripjodi was curious to know more about travel wanderer and upon checking the the social profiles we were amazed to know that the person behind the travelwanderer was Mr.Nick from England who was a Business Adviser previously, now is an experienced back packer. For the past 5 years Nick has been travelling to many countries and has an awesome collection of photographs of places he has been to. We said YES to his Instagram message and were really excited to welcome him home.
We communicated the address through phone calls and he was at the right pick up point, he faced no difficulty to reach the destination. Ebichan went and picked him to our house. As it was our first time experience, we had no idea of the hospitality that was required from our end, we tried our best to give Nick home away home feel. After the introduction we offerred him a welcome drink and once freshened up, asked him if he was interested to go to the vegetable flea market that puts up on every Wednesday at Othakalmandapam which is very near to our home. Nick was very much happy to go and visit the market. Reaching the market,could see Nick going around the market and keenly looking at things going around. He purchased few fruits from the market.
As he was tired after the long travel, he fell asleep soon. Next day morning he was very much happy to explore Coimbatore. It was a rainy day therefore we suggested him only few places like the famous Isha yoga center and Coimbatore flower market that he can visit and return by evening as he had to catch his train to Manglore at night. He shared many of his experiences and travelling tips, which gave us insights to travel more in less expensive and organized way. I shall share the tips at the end.
As it was time for us to go out for work, Nick also stepped out to explore Coimbatore.
It was evening and raining heavily, we were worried if Nick would reach back home in time to pack his stuffs and catch his train. He was on time and had carried bag full of groceries. When we inquired what is it for, he replied that he wants to cook special pasta for us.
He had bought pasta, tuna, olives lots of cream and chesse. He made the yummy pasta with lots of love and care, he wanted to serve us in the best possible way.
We really enjoed the dinner, after that we had little enough time to chit chat and to discuss what all he saw in Coimbatore and thats it – It was time to say good bye. He left us saying good bye.
Really felt sad when he left, it was good to to know such a wonderful person, who loves travelling and loves Indian tradition and festivals a lot.
Nick says ” traveling was an eyeopener for him, he has learnt a lot from traveling as he meets new people each and every day. He came to know more about himself in every challenge he faces during travel.”
Tips for travelling from Nick :
1) Light weight clothes: Carry light weight clothes that will dry soon after wash and minimize the number of cloths.
2) Carry personal sanitizers.
3) Organize your bag well : Nick uses different pouch bags inside his main bag to categorize and keep things in place, which makes it easy to to find the thing we need without messing up the whole bag.
4) Secretflying.com : We came to know that there is a website that reflects the cheapest flight service to travel from one country to another.
5) Accesories: He showed us interesting accessories that he uses while travelling, like seven blow air bed-which flatens up in just seven blows and can me used as a comfortable bed any where and also showed us a bottle that filters and gives out pure water and many more things.
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We are young Indian couple who love to travel, try to understand different culture, taste variety of cusines, meet people, spend time with them, listen to their stories and get to know how they work hard for their survival. We love to capture these happy moments and learings we get from each trip and share the same to the world.