Far too long journey

Trip Start Nov 24, 2006
Trip End Jun 28, 2008

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

My flight was delayed actually almost 2 hours so I knew I would miss my
train at 10:30 p.m. But the thing I was bothering about, was how to get
off the fucking airport located outside Lodz, in such late evening??
Considering I didn`t have money for a taxi, the only 2 options was
either a bus (if it had been going at that time), or someone from
passengers might have offered me a lift to the railway station. I was
sitting with an old lady in the plane and she didn`t offer me anything:P so I thought I
would have to take a bus (if there had been one), or stay all the night in the airport until
the first morning bus (not too nice perspective). For some reason,
first time in my life, my luggage got off the plane first and I was
going to the arrivals hall as a first from passengers. There were a lot of people waiting for
their relatives or family and nobody was waiting for me. I couldn`t
help, it just went out of myself and I said exactly what I was thinking "
Nobody is awaiting me:(" A couple of people smiled but one
middle-aged guy started laughing and he said: " Where do you need to
get?" "Do the Lodz Kaliska railway station" and he was like "OK, no
problem". For 30 secs I thought he was waiting for someone from passengers and he might
have given me a lift on his way home. Then I found out he wasnt
awaiting anyone, he said something like he was from an association to
help students or something, he introduced himself and was like Lets go.
For a little moment I was a bit too shocked to say anything,, wthen I
was like "Hold on. Your are not a taxi driver, you do not want to
kidnap me, just just want to give me a lift to place where I want to go
and do not want any money for that? What`s your deal?" He said: "I will
explain it to you on the way". I was suspicious, but something in his
appearance was telling me he would be ok and wouldn`t hurt me. I wasn`t
wrong indeed. Inside his car he told me he belonged to an association
that helps to develop the airport in Lodz and to make visitors a nice
stay in the Lodz city. The guy even offered me a phone call to let
my mum I was alright but I refused as I had my own one. The man even came with me to the info point at the railway station and made sure I would be safe there. I said to him goodbye, shook his hand and that was it. It`s hard to trust strangers if so many people have been hurt by friends or family. I will be always thankfull to Mr Darek (I`m not too sure if I remember you name well), people like him are really rare in the Earth!
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