Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • So, Ben and I were on the TV show House Hunters International on HGTV for “Finding Love and Life in Goa”. It’s kind of a big deal in the US and I think Canada (in terms of house renovation shows) and they filmed us here in Goa and at home in Ohio. I watched this ALL the time with my mom when I lived in Ohio. I haven’t seen the show but my family and friends assure me I didn’t look like a fool. I thought about telling you all ahead of time, but was too shy and therefore didn’t until it was too late! Sorry!! Plus, I think the network wanted me to wait until it aired as well. I think I’l write a blog post about being on the show. You’d think because I share so much on this blog, I’m not shy- but put a camera in my face filming and you’ll see the truth lol; it was nerve-wrecking to say the least. I’m sure Ben looked great because he wasn’t nervous at all. I’ve also been told from friends messaging me that I’ve picked up some of his English accent. What! If you found my blog and are a new readers thanks for House Hunter’s International- Welcome!!! I’m so happy to meet you :D
  • In other news, Hippie in Heels popped up on this list of 14 Travel Bloggers to Follow on Instagram. I hope you’re already following me, but if not my handle is @hippieinheelsblog.
  • I did an interview for FotoFlock and EPSON they called When a Hippie Becomes a Travel Blogger about my style of photography and such – which as I’ve mentioned most of my pics are from my phone! I haven’t gotten into fancy cameras and such yet.

Now your story,

Although a lot of my stories about India are funny or show the darker side, this is a good story… about a nice person who really did just want to help. Yay for people like this!

I was in Bombay about 2.5 years ago… first few days ever in India. I was going on the slow local train from Colaba to Andheri East. I got off one stop too early and didn’t want to deal with fighting a rick driver (I’d already had a pretty stressful day). What on earth would make me think taking a bus was easier?

I had stopped to ask a couple girls which stop it was which was when I realized I’d gotten off too early. FYI when you need help ask girls in school uniforms (they are usually clever, speak enough English, and are happy to help!). The girl said it was better to take the bus anyways because it was cheaper and why waste money?

I asked her….

Ok then, which was is the bus stop?

-Let me show you, I’ll go with you.

But aren’t you here waiting for a train?

-Yes, but I can take the bus instead so I can show you.

I told her not to worry about it. She was like 14 years old after all. She insisted though and took my hand leading me away after saying bye to all her school friends. We got on the bus and she insisted on paying for me. It wasn’t much, but wow I couldn’t get over it!

I asked her more questions…

So your stop is on the way?

Oh no, I’ll take the bus back then switch by the train stop we were at, then take another bus.

I felt so BAD! This little girl went out of her way in this big scary city to make sure I got home okay.. me, a 22 year old girl (at the time). I just wanted to keep her. Granted, she wasn’t a street girl who needed adopted. She was clearly loved and raised into this perfect little thing she was. It’s rare, but when things like this happen in India it helps you see the balance that India isn’t all bad as some suggest. There are helpful people in India, not only people who want to scam you.

This is India!

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