I shared this story on my tumblr page, but it’s so awesome that I wanted to share it with all of you.
I love my apartment building. It’s conveniently located, it’s safe, there’s a taxi stand for easy access around the city, and there’s always a multitude of street vendors selling everything from snacks to coffees right outside.
For the past three weeks, I’ve had the same routine every morning. I wake up at 7, shower, makeup, eat breakfast, check e-mails, yadda yadda. Everyday around 8:15 I head out for work. And every morning, without fail, for the past 3 weeks, there’s been a woman outside with her drink cart on her bicycle, selling drinks to all of the commuters. She always wears leopard print, and a huge floppy hat. Every morning, I order a ca phe sua da from her (a traditional Vietnamese iced coffee). She’s always smiling, and always super friendly. After I grab my coffee, the taxi lady calls me a cab, and bam. I’m off to work.
A few mornings ago, I strolled out of my apartment, eagerly anticipating my morning coffee (totally addicted to Vietnamese coffees, and I’m not ashamed). But much to my surprise, the coffee lady wasn’t there! The taxi lady saw the panic come over my face and rushed over to me.
“Ca phe?! Ca phe?!” She asked, while making the phone call gesture.
Before I could even answer, she was on her phone. And in less than a minute, the coffee lady sped up to my apartment, hopped off her bike, made me a coffee, and pushed me in the cab. As I tried to pay her, she shooed me away, laughing and smiling, and saying something in Vietnamese.
It was just the kindest gesture! From the taxi lady actually calling the coffee lady, to the coffee lady giving me the coffee for free….I’ve just been smiling about the situation all week. The people in Vietnam are so genuinely kind. It makes me happy to live here.