Human Values are same irrespective of where you are on this Mother Earth – by Srishty Jain

Learning that human values are same irrespective of where you are on this mother earth.

We were in New Zealand and were doing car trip. It was in 2011 and the Google Maps were not very popular. We rented a tomtom- a GPRS device. The trip was going awesome and we were enchanted by the beauty of New Zealand.

That day, we started from Rotorua and had to reach Tauranga. I was operating the tomtom- it gave me two options – Tauranga bay road and Tauranga. I selected Tauranga bay as I thought that would be near the beach. We kept driving and the destination was nowhere to be seen. We could not find anyone on the road. Then the road ended and GPRS was showing some more distance, we drove in the hope that civilization would appear, but could not find anyone.

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We finally reached a beach which was completely unchartered, virgin, pristine and so calm. The sun was about to set and I could see the moon on the horizon. We could not fathom why it was so empty? Suddenly we had sighting of one kind soul and we immediately went to him and asked about Tauranga. He looked at the address and told us that we came towards the wrong direction and our destination was 450km away from that point.

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The place where we were standing was a small village with no restaurants or hotels. We were shocked. Looking at our quizzical faces, this person took us to his house where he was having a small get together. His wife in the middle of the party cooked vegetarian pasta for us and let us join their celebration. They insisted us to spent the night with them. We knew they had other guests from the town.

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We thanked them for everything they did for us that night and left their place feeling so grateful to our hosts. The couple gave us a good wishes note which is still with us and reminds us of our eventful day.

The whole incident taught us a lifetime lesson that human values of helping each other, sharing meal and making them part of your life are same across the world and they always leave a lifelong impression on you!!!

– Travel Story submitted by Srishty Jain