What I love most about traveling is the silly laughable moments over language barriers. I was sitting in Tokyo’s airport waiting for a flight when a woman came up to me from the Japanese Tourism committee. She spoke very little English but wanted my opinion on a survey to improve Japanese tourism. She tried to read the survey to me, but instead we went through the English version of survey together. As I circled my own answers, we arrived at one question that asked what was my best experiences in Japan. One response was “Japanese Cuisine” – I circled it twice and drew a smiley face next to it. The woman laughed out loud and we shared our favourite Japanese food. Of the 6 words I know in Japanese, one is oyshi (delicious). She squealed and we beamed together as we completed the survey. I received a free pink pen. Laughter and smiles go a long way despite the difference in tongue.
It’s nothing significant or prodigious, but it’s these little silly moments that keep me smiling and loving the human race.