finding directions


I’m notoriously bad at directions. Yet, I managed to travel alone (and survive!) well before roaming and cell phones were a basic commodity. On a recent trip I saw one of those old bastions of a long forgotten era-the internet cafe. Who still uses those I thought? I remember the days of paying for an hour at a time to furiously send off emails home, and make arrangements for the coming week. I even have my same hotmail account that I keep for the sake of nostalgia.

As I sat on the train a few days later I wondered though, has the constant connectivity taken something away? Isn’t half the pleasure in traveling getting lost? Would I have half of the stories I do if not for the kindnesses shown to a lost traveler? And then I missed my stop, and realized all was still right in my world.  

What countries do you find the people are particularly helpful?