Hong Kong: This post is not about myself ( oh great finally! ) and I won't start writing about all the amazing people I meet around the world because fortunately they are numerous. This time I was stuck on the street of Central Hong Kong on Sept 30th 2014. It's useless to explain how it felt with my 2 big suitcases as I was coming from the airport and not equipped to protest.
I ended up in this situation after a succession of events and failed attempts to reach my hotel that I will spare you. I was trying to get one of the few taxis passing by but after 10 taxi drivers refusing to take me and my luggages to my hotel, it started raining...I mean a lot. I couldn't move much because my luggages are heavier than me so my speed was about 0.1km/hour. I asked for help here and there because at this point it was my only option and the place was getting more and more crowded...My 2 phones ran out of battery power so I could no longer reach my hotel for support.
After 45-50 minutes in this situation, I was soaked but caring more about my computer, passport and other belongings to remain dry as much as they could. At some point, a taxi comes by, I need to find a way to put my suitcases in it so the driver has no choice but take me...But a lady was quicker than me...I offer to pay her if she took me in with her, wherever she was going but in vain...
As my hope was starting to run out of power, a VERY petite lady asks me where I am going, run in front of a taxi making it stop, open the back door, screams at something at the taxi drivers, takes my huge suitcase ( I don't know how she did that part ) while I take the 2 smaller ones, throws it in the taxi as I entered and she jumps on top of everything.
During the next hour in the taxi (barricades everywhere in the business district transformed a short taxi trip into a scenic route to my hotel), I learned her story which brought me to tears, but this maid from the Philippines, about half my size helped me until my check in to make sure I was safe, hardly accepted me to pay for the taxi and left me filled with positive energy after having spent 4 hours trying to reach my hotel in a building protest area while no one ever showed an ounce of compassion or help (and I 100% understand because they had something more important to care for at that moment than the stupid tourist I ended up personifying ).
There are some VERY special souls out there ...
p.s. HK people stay safe and may life rewards Mary Venus aka petite lady superhero what she deserves.