- I was walking across a square eating an empanada and a bystander wishes me “Bon appetit, señora!”
- When I get on the bus, the driver and the conductor greet me with a “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, “Good evening” or a jovial “Hola!”
- People give moms and dads with children their seat, and if they don’t move fast enough, the conductor says “Let’s be having a seat, porrrrr favorrrrr!”
- If you ask where you need to get off, the driver lets you know once you are close
- There are musicians (most of them really good ones) and actors who get on the buses and sing a couple of songs or perform short sketches
- I left my cell phone in a coffee shop and I realised half an hour later. When I went back, they had it waiting for me
- I left two full shopping bags in a cafe and only realised four hours later. I went back to look for them and the staff had kept them safe
- I left my credit card in a shop and didn’t realise till two days later. I went to look for it and it was still there
- I left my jacket in a restaurant and the waiter ran down the street after me to return it (these instances are all good indicators that I am starting to bat on in years!)
- At the end of the day as the sun disappears into the sea, the people on the beach clap.
These notes were written and shared in Spanish by a Uruguayan friend of mine, Susana. Like Susana, I live in Uruguay and I also experience the same kind of small kindnesses and unsolicited courtesies she mentions almost every day. And I LOVE that.
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