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Meeting a Stranger on the Bus

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. –Amy Poehler

Yes! And that’s what I did. I have been planning a trip for a while–it just did not come to fruition. The problem is always either the schedule inconsistencies and the unpredictable weather.

As I am reaching the point of extreme boredom and increasing disappointment, I just decided to go without a plan.

All I had in mind was–Baguio.

Jessie, my good friend, who was previously my guest through Couchsurfing, offered to make my stay more enjoyable.

Disclaimer: This is not made to be used as your guide, rather it was written to share an experience.

Day 0 – Left Lipa City, Batangas at about 9 PM, and went straight to the bus station in Cubao. I arrived at about 11:45 PM. The timing is really great because the bus going to Baguio is ready to leave in a few minutes. At 11:55 PM, I am on my way to this not-so-Solo adventure.

Thoughts: I was pretty much getting worked up. I was traveling alone without a definite plan. There were many “What-if’s” going through my mind. I tried to avoid it as much as possible.

Bus Ride: Since this is the first time I am traveling unplanned, it was quite nerve-wracking. So I decided to sit as close to the driver as possible. Interestingly enough, there was a vacant seat beside this young woman, and that’s where I sat.

After hours of traveling, I finally had the courage to talk to her. It started like, “Hey, are you a backpacker too?” I asked because I saw her bag and noticed that there’s still a tag from the airport. She’s with the two other passengers on the right. I guess, I always secretly wish that I will always meet backpackers anywhere.

Anyway, she said, “No, but I would like to go backpacking around Southeast Asia.” And we never stopped talking.  For the rest of the trip, we are discovering more about each other. And it is not just about the love of traveling that I learned about her, but our undeniably similar interests and experiences.

Eventually, she and her friends had to get off. We exchanged numbers and went our separate ways.



  1. Have you ever spoken to a stranger on a bus? (or anywhere else?)
  2. How did that experience contributed to who you are today?
  3. Are you still in touch until now?
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