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November 23, 2016

Paraty, Brazil

sunny

Manners. Courtesy. Respect.

After forty days of traveling, I have come to really appreciate Don's kindness and goodness. When luggage needs to be loaded or unloaded, Don always steps up and helps the driver with bags. If there is a line up, he steps aside and lets others go by. If someone needs extra cash, Don doesn't hesitate to offer money. Don frequently offers to take photos of others in the group.

These small gestures demonstrate Don's many admirable qualities. The reason I feel compelled to mention this because during our trip I have observed the actions of the other people in our group. While most people are like Don, there are a few members in our group who are quite self-centred and I don't think it ever occurs to them that they could contribute to the group. For example, these people have never offered to help with luggage. It's not a big deal, but I believe their actions tells me about the character of that person. They also tend to be the first to complain about the accommodation, the quality of the food or the service they receive, often the issues are beyond anyone's control.

I am confident that the young people in my life, Braden, Heather, Peter, Danielle, Lizzie and Jake would behave like Don and I'm grateful for this.

Posted by TKerrone 22:29 Archived in Brazil

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