A small temple somewhere near Ninh Binh, Vietnam
This woman was selling some incense sticks, small plastic emblems of Buddha and beads tiny plastic chair near the lake, at a place where I did not see any other customers or visitors than me. My stomach was upset that day due to some unknown reasons, so I asked her if there was any toilet around, gladly she understood. She lead me to a toilet with about 200 spiders but I appreciated her confidence in me not being scared of them. Afterwards I went on walking around the lake to inhale the nature, but moment later she followed me with the jacket in her hand. As at that time I was not wearing any proper shoes and only shorts, so she wanted to offer me her spare jacket. She must have assumed I didn’t have enough clothes, as normally the Vietnamese were wearing a jackets with hood, long pants, socks, gloves. After we finished preparing our depart, she even called her husband, both of them wave me goodbye. This was one of the best, most genuine, heartwarming, interesting and memorable human encounters I have ever had. This extraordinarily warm and caring woman made me feel at home on the other side of the world and despite not understanding a single word from one another she treated me like I was part of them. She made me feel understood on a basic level beyond language barriers and cultural differences. She created a brief moment of true connection and meaning for me that I will never forget. I felt so sad later for not buying anything from her.