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    • I texted this girl I met on the bus trip up here from someone who let me borrow their phone in the bathroom. Here, I discovered that any person in any country holding up a hang ten sign to his ears and shouting "hello?" gets one of two response: a series of expletives or a good Samaritan with a smartphone. I was lucky enough to receive both. Sign language crosses all barriers.

      We agreed to meet at the underpass where the bus let me off. Bridge was the only word I could remember and the emoticon on the phone was pretty hard to misinterpret.

      We met at 11. She didn't speak much English, but that didn't really matter; we signed our way through the day. She had her kid sister with her so we went to the zoo. I guess people there thought the kid was mine based on the pointing and the staring and the murmuring, all of which was fine since the food was free. And there was a lynx. I'd always wanted to see a lynx.

      The sun started to set and we made our way back to the bridge. There was a lot of hand gesturing and cautious hand holding with the kid. We passed an appliance store and then a small restaurant. It was closed. I guess dinner wasn't in the cards.

      We parted ways at the bridge and I waited for the bus. After a lot of waiting and a lot of hunger pangs it finally arrived.

      I got on and took a seat in the back. The fluorescent upholstery gave me a headache. I fell asleep and woke up home, at least the place I would call home for this year.

      Not a bad day at all, I thought.

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    jospanner said:
    a nice little adventure, should be more. useful advice about the hang 10 hand sign too. Thanks.
    posted over 2 years ago