Some of my most uplifting experiences, both whilst travelling and in daily life, come from the tiny interactions I have in passing with strangers. Sometimes it’s an exchanged glance or a quick conversation, even something glimpsed in the distance, other times it can be a spontaneous interaction that extends for hours and can even evolve into a lifelong friendship. As much as I love travelling and exploring with friends, I often find myself doing these things alone, and I’ve come to realise that this is when I’m most receptive to the chance encounters which add interest to my day.
I had one of these moments on my recent Red Bus Tour in Joburg. I took a little stroll down Carr Street in Newtown, a street that’s known to be lined with cool graffiti, and met a guy who was taking a break outside. He walked the street with me, and we chatted about art and life and work and happiness, and then I left, feeling a just little bit more connected to the world.