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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

It's the little things...

I was travelling to work today on the trolley (the Greek name for the yellow 'buses' that run on electricity) and two things made me smile:

1) An old man gets off the trolley at his stop - looks around him and passes his still valid ticket to a person about to board.  The person thanks him very much.
File:TrolleyBusPiraeus.jpg
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TrolleyBusPiraeus.jpg
(In Athens, you buy a public transport ticket for 1.40 or 1.20 and stamp it in the machine upon entry of said transport.  It stamps a time on it and your tkt is valid for 90 mins of travel from the time you stamped it.  So, obviously once you've finished your journey and there's still time left, it's nice to give your ticket away - I've done it in the past and had it done to me too).

2) Same old man sees a homeless person on the street (an increasing number unforutnately of late), and stops to chat to him and give him some small change and a cigarette.
OK, this isn't going to stop the man being homeless, but it's the compassion that made me smile, the humanity displayed.

Keep it up Greece - don't let the IMF and Germany strip you of your dignity and human spirit.

4 comments:

lizy-expat-writer said...

Both nice gestures. We do the same with a two-hour parking ticket if we've shopped more quickly than we expected,but watch out if Hitler (sorry - the parking attendant!) catches you !

Bex said...

Yes, it's nice to do things for other people. :0)

Arlee Bird said...

Little things can add up to make a big difference.


Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Bex said...

They sure can Lee!

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