Our cottage sat across from some apartment rentals and apparently our neighbors were having a hard time locating their rental. A knock came to the back door and I answer and quickly questions came to me in an accented English about the name of the apartments. I knew the name of the rentals because I had looked at them before renting the cottage we were in. I reassured the young men that they had the right place. The weather was gray, cold and a bit drizzly and the two young men standing at my door looked like they needed a friendly face. Now, up to this point in travel about Skye I had been amazed at the different countries represented by people. The languages could be different just walking into the grocery store. So the two young men trotted back across the road to the waiting woman in the parking of the apartments.
Knock, knock, knock. I walk to the back door again. “The lady in the next apartments says these are not the apartments that we are looking for and closed the door” They said “And we don’t know how to get into the apartment.” “Is there a phone that we could use?’ Here is where I was impressed by manners of the two young men. Not always seen here in the United States and they were young men able to afford an expensive rental and travel across the world. Now the phone in the cottage took coins to operate and for this situation was perfect. “Sure” I said the midwest hospitality coming out in me for someone in need. “The phone takes coins and you are welcome to use it.” Both men looked elated to be able to see someone willing to help them. The first young man said “Thank you so much I am ready to get out of the cold.” He literally sighed in relief over the cold and stress of the situation. I lead them to the phone and they called the rental location and find out that they were supposed to be emailed a code to get into the rental. A conversation proceeds between them and I am guessing in Japanese because now they need email to get the code to get in the cottage. Ok they had no phone to call and no internet because of no cottage. Wow what a day and they are probably tired and just want to rest. “Do you have internet connection and computer we could use?” They ask. Fortunately, I did have my baby laptop as I call her and a cable to hook up to the internet. I stayed with them as they searched for a foreign site for email and receive the code they need to get in. More speaking in a non English language as they try to understand what they are to do with the number. I try to explain that probably on the door of the cottage is a box. They need to type the number code into the box and that will give them a key to the door. The two young men looked at each other trying to comprehend what I was saying. They thank me and head out the door back across the road. I wait and watch to see if they come back but they must have figured it out because the curtains opened and one of the girls looked out.
We didn’t see them again for the rest of the week because we would leave early in the morning but later that next day a case of water was sitting at the door to the cottage. I believe it was a thank you for the help and I am glad we could. Otherwise they would have never figured out how to get in.