Travel: Auntie & Uncle Special

Aunties and uncles around the world: Faces of kindness on the road

Aunties and uncles around the world are quick to help a stranger in a foreign land

Mandy Tay (left) with the beautiful old woman in a white kimono she met while on a visit to Japan's Tottori.
Mandy Tay (left) with the beautiful old woman in a white kimono she met while on a visit to Japan's Tottori. PHOTO: MANDY TAY

Around the world, it is always the aunties and uncles I meet on my travels who ask me: "Are you okay? Where do you want to go? Where are you staying?"

They live their lives as if the skies are cloudless and their homes doorless, drowning me with so much food and love that it almost feels like I have to come up for air, only to be met by their hugs again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Faces of kindness on the road'. Subscribe