As we waited for the shuttle to depart from the airport, I said “hello” to the person sitting next to me. He said to me “I don’t speak English” and turned his back on me.
My biggest disappointment are the people who do not try to connect with others, especially overseas.
One of the benefits of travel is connecting with new people from different backgrounds. Moving out of your comfort zone can be extremely enlightening. Other travellers can give advice, tips or help. This guy may have been surprised to learn I spoke his language and I could have helped him with any questions he may have had about our destination! At least, he smiled and said “good bye” as I left the bus. I believe his actions were not from rudeness but shyness or fear.
I know it can take courage to talk to strangers but me saying “hello” has led to friendships that have lasted decades-even with people who cannot speak English!