Pay it Forward

“My first time abroad, I got robbed. I was doing an internship in France when I decided to go to Pamplona to see Spain’s bull run. Coming from India, I’m always careful with my wallet, but just not that day. I instantly regretted it after a thief used a blade to slash open my pocket and steal my money. I reported it to the police but was told no English. Good thing a British lady who spoke Spanish helped me translate, otherwise I would’ve had a nervous breakdown since it was already 4 a.m. and the thought of walking 400 km back to France didn’t excite me. After calling my dad to cancel my credit card, the officer dropped me off to the bus terminal so I could get back to Toulouse. He wrote something on my passport to show the bus driver to let me board the bus without paying. But then the next bus wasn’t scheduled to leave for another two days. I was in despair when my luck started to turn around—free Wi-Fi! I was able to get a hold of someone at my internship who then arranged a ride on BlaBlaCar. I also miraculously ran into an old Indian friend of mine at the station, who let me borrow 50 euros. Only problem was, I had a big falling out with him, so I had to swallow my pride when I asked him for help. He was very sympathetic and we even buried the hatchet. I got back safe and was grateful for all the good Samaritans who showed me kindness. From then on, I vowed to pass it forward.”

In front of Akasaka Station

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