On my way thought countries in Central Asia I got used to be from time to time more or less centre of attention but when I came to China it became different. Even here people are interested where I am coming from and so on but because of language barrier the approach is different. People who wait with me at the bus station or simply pass by are pointing at me or even loosing concentration where they go and hit some other people. Only because they were so surprised to see foreigner (or may be blond guy).
Quite common situation in some hostels I stayed in was that Chinese girls came to me and ask If I travel alone. Later on they come again and they bring me some fruits to make me happy, because I am pure guy who travel alone. What more he doesn’t speak chines. “It has to be so hard for you to be alone in such country like is China. You have to feel lost” is sentence I hear quite often.
Or other nice stories are with kids I meet. Some of them run away, some lose concentration and only stare or they start to cry. Exactly as one of the kids I met in the train. Firstly came conductor (young girl which was asking plenty of questions) who was so happy to meet me that within 2 minutes was whole coach staring at me and listen what I say and how I react. After that was passing by small boy with his mum. He stopped and looked at me. When I said hello and asked what is his name he started slowly cry with words that he is not going to play games with me.
But most incredible experience happened in one of the villages close to the Tibetan province. When I was walking on the street people not only greet me but some of them even knee and kissed my hands. I absolutely didn’t know how to react. Soon there was whole street blocked. People were taking pictures of me and with me. In one point some of the drivers asked me If I couldn’t go “hide” to one of the restaurants or sit in to the car. The reason was simple. Because of me no car could pass thought this village… Later on I was doing sightseeing in one of the temples when suddenly an Tibetan girl was walking beside me, smiling and looked at me like I was miracle or something. Later on when I left the temple and was walking on the street she show up again, but this time even put her head on my shoulder.
Well looks like that to become superstar you don’t have to be good actor or famous singer. In some parts of the world just be different and unusual help enough.