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Laughter brought us together (Simone)
This is something known by all races.
This is something known by all genders.
This is something known by all cultures.
Who would have thought laughter would have brought a group of people on the train together.
A simple giggle from a three year old little boy, turned into an entire train full of laughter. That was the moment I truly realized the meaning of this trip.
How it started:
There was a young family riding the same train as I, 4 younger kids and the grandmother. The 4 kids sat by me, already laughing. All I did was smile at the kids and continue on my phone.
One of the younger girls was trying to eat a fruit pouch and it went onto her shirt. Immediate laughter broke out among the kids. I couldn’t help by laugh myself. Soon the kids laughs got louder. Soon they were more hearty. They began to laugh uncontrollably.
Laughing ignited the whole train. From young to old, male to female, everyone was laughing.
The children were trying to talk to me, so I told them I didn’t know Finnish unfortunately. We were all laughing and she took her phone and looked up “koko junamatkan nauramme”.
I quickly realized that just because we speak different languages and come from two completely different backgrounds doesn’t mean we can’t communicate and understand each other.
We sat there and had a whole entire conversation solely on Google translate. We were laughing and going back and forth. She was only 12.
The point of this trip, this scholarship was for me to be more culturally well rounded. I wanted to submerge myself into this culture and see how so many people can be so different, but so alike.
Laughter is a means of communication. A bond started because of laughter. Laughter is contagious.
My one wish is to have this experience everywhere I travel. To laugh and to build a bond with a random person whom I would never be able to communicate with if Google Translate didn’t exist, but then that takes me back... what was the real reason we communicated.
The first means of communication. Laughter. That is what brought us together.
Laugh a little and experience new things. You never know how big of an impact it will have on you.
To that little girl on the train, you’ve changed me forever. My views on the world are so different after that one day, that one train ride. I can’t wait to see what other countries I travel to, and the connections I make.
Text and pictures: Simone Gaines