An unescapable fact many backpackers destine to experience but hate to admit - giving a bit of our hearts away in the streets of an unfamilar place, and 'leaving it there'. Are we more emotionally vulnerable while travelling?
Feelings that are impossible to share with friends and family at home, are often miraculously easy to share with locals or fellow travellers who are genuinely interested in you (and vice versa) given the perfect scenery and location. Timing is everything. Sharing our minds and great conversations in the parks or on the mountains will later turn out to be more memorable than any museum visits.
Developing trust with a stranger takes a special sixth sense. It is simply exhausting to adhere to the 'Don't talk to strangers' rule when you are in a strange place.
Often enough, giving a piece of our hearts away in the process to cultivate these special friendships make the trips linger in our memories. I wonder if I will be ever be able to get used to losing this sweet taste.