Normally, travelers don’t want chaos during their travel
Well behaving is the norm when visiting people’s home. Such behavior naturally expressed by all of us regardless of any religion, ethnicity and culture we are belongs to. This is truly because people’s home or country is not our comfort zone/territory and it is full of uncertainty. Anxiety in uncertainty gives positive impact here.
Travelers normally on ‘Self Searching’ mode
When someone is self searching mode, in another word they are on peace searching mode too. Self searching mode eventually trigger continuous learning process about anything. During travel, such learning get deepened and the true meaning of what they search revealed in front of their eyes. Not how they believe blindly what the media portray at homeland. So, they learn, they teach, they share and subsequently, they start to care other beings.
Become more adopt to any available options
Leaving the comfort zone is one of the biggest challenge any traveler faced. Especially solo traveler. Everything will be new. Options, situations, ways, people, language……. Survival in such situation easily push them to adopt anything available.
So, do you think all these positive behaviors and attitudes only get expressed mainly because they are out from their home/comfort zone? Maybe it is true for very small numbers of travelers but, it’s not true for all. Naturally, travelers are always take care the reputation of their country origin. Not to impress but to express their true identity, especially when they travel solo.
During my stay in Sunpath Hostel, Ulaanbaatar in 2015, I came to know Halima Barrie (below image). When I asked her where she is from she replied very differently, “I’m from this earth , wherever I go that is my home” OMG…….. what an embarrassing moment for my immature ice breaking question, with little smile, she continued “Why don’t you ask me how is my day instead, Suresh?…….. Why my geographical location is so important?, perhaps I’m belong to this mother earth where you belongs to my brother and interestingly I am a human being like you”………hahahahaa, I got burned really good this time.
World has no borders
Finally, I realized that what she meant was utterly true. The entire geographical regions of this earth truly belongs to the entire population of this earth as how the resources of this earth and peace belongs to all. Unfortunately nowadays, peace becoming more expensive and untouchable point for many.
Sincerely, meeting Halima completely changed my perceptions and the way I see this world. Since then I realized, traveling is not only to see the places and meet people, it should for peace promoting effort as well. It is every traveler’s responsibility too..
Fight or Flight
The weather was very cold for me, approximately 1-3 degree Celsius in Ulaanbaatar. My poor literature review on weather issue was greatly affected my journey on that day. Yes, it was absolutely ‘high Adrenalin’ day for me but fortunately I managed to catch my bus to Ulan Ude, Russia. Immediately after left the Ulaanbaatar train station, I approached people at the taxi station by showing my ticket. One of the guy urged me to get into his car as time was running.
WHAT A BAD MOVE I made….Without negotiating the price I followed him blindly..THUNTHUN THUN THUNTTT! [BEETHOVEN’S DRAMATIC MUSIC USED IN MANY CLASSIC HORROR FILMS]
The taxi driver was tall and big sized. Rarely seen such big structure in South East Asia. He was friendly and kept joking in Mongol throughout the journey. Even I wasn’t able to capture any of his words, it did entertained me.
Once reached the bus station, he was demanding for 25,000 Tugrik (12USD) (I wasn’t out of the car at that time). The distance wasn’t even 5 km and too clear he is trying to rip off me badly. When I tried to offer him 15,000 Tugrik (from back seat), he started to grumble in Mongol aggressively. It was very clear his adrenalin as his size, was confirmed to ‘FIGHT’ meanwhile my adrenalin offered me only one choice, that was to ‘FLIGHT’ because size mattered at that time.
Without wasting time, I forced him to accept the 15,000 Tugrik by placing the money at the car seat and got down from the car instantly. My instinct was correct, he was helpless after I started to walk fast towards the crowded area at the bus station. Luckily, I didn’t place my backpack at the boot. Otherwise……… THUN! THUN! THUN! [SOME RANDOM SCARY DRAMATIC MUSIC]
Many thanks to Ms Doljmaa, the Sunpath Hostel Manager who helped me many ways without charging me extra. I had wonderful stay there. Since I was lazy to go to the bus station to book my ticket to Ulan Ude Russia, so I approached Ms Doljmaa. As promised she managed to get me the ticket before the departure day and she did arranged the transport as well for me to go to the bus station early in the morning.
It was 7 am and the temperature was 1-4 degree Celsius. Seriously, i didn’t expect and didn’t prepare for this kind weather in Ulan Bataar during early summer. The driver drove me to the station. I entered into the station and after few minutes walk, you know what………..OMG OMG OMG it was a RAILWAY STATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha. By the time I rush back to the entrance, the driver has left. I was helpless.
It was completely my fault, can’t blame neither Doljmaa nor the driver. I should have asked him earlier or notified him. The problem was, I assumed the driver is heading to the bus station. Anyway, I only have half an hour time to catch the bus and the interesting part was, I didn’t know where the bus station is located and importantly I cant speak Mongolian language.