The Cool Colombian Cop Who Made My Day (Random Travel Moment 13)

Officer David

Where/When: El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá

It was barely 5 am when my plane landed in Bogotá and I was exhausted. Once I passed through Customs/Immigration, I had two things on my mind: getting a cup of coffee and buying a SIM for my phone. First I got the coffee; then I looked for a phone kiosk. I couldn’t find one, so I approached a police officer, a pleasant looking man in a ‘Policia Nacionál’ uniform, thinking he might know where I should go.

Officer David

Who: ‘David,’ National Police Officer

The officer, David, accompanied me to a store that he said sold SIMs and was told that they only had credit and that later in the day they might have SIMs. I thanked him and said that I’d try to buy one on my way to my Couch-Surfing host’s apartment.

I sat, planning out some things I needed to do, and 5 minutes later, he came back.

What: An Extra SIM Card and Help With Installation

“I have an extra, unused SIM card,” he said in Spanish, reaching into his pocket and pulling out the a card sealed in plastic. He explained that he sometimes bought extras, depending on the current deals. “Maybe it will work in your phone.”

“Really? OK, sure, let’s try it out.” Was he offering it to me? I wasn’t quite sure, but I thought so.

He sat on the bench next to me and I opened the phone (iPhone 4S, by the way). He put the SIM in, but realized it needed to be cut. He went and cut it, then tried again. He was completely patient the entire time.

“So this might actually work in my phone?” I wasn’t sure.

“I think so,” he said.

It took a good 15 minutes and voilà–my phone had a SIM and a phone number. We walked over the first kiosk and I bought minutes. I then paid David for the SIM, a reasonable price, and thanked him. At least 5 times.

He then showed me where to catch a taxi and we said goodbye. I was beyond grateful. I thanked him once again, asked if I could take his photo (told him I might write a story) and he flashed that lovely smile. What a cool cop and a sweet guy!

And what a wonderful welcome to Colombia and Bogotá! David really made my day. He made my first hour so much easier and I truly appreciate what he did. I hope he reads this and if so, ‘¡Gracias, David!’


Have you had any positive travel encounters like this one, where a stranger (official or otherwise) was really helpful? If so, where were you and what happened?

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6 Responses to The Cool Colombian Cop Who Made My Day (Random Travel Moment 13)
  1. Gray
    June 25, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    The kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me. What a nice guy! Pay it forward, Lisa!
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    • CB Driver
      June 29, 2014 | 12:43 am

      Hi, Gray. Right? He was nice–so sweet. Glad I met him! I hope I see him in the airport on my way back. :)

  2. Lynda
    July 2, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    Awwww, that was so sweet of him. I was sitting at a work conference the other day with a gloomy looking face because my boyfriend had ended things with me the day before while I was out of town for work and some random girl just walked up to me and said she had some to make me smile. Some people are just too nice.
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    • CB Driver
      July 8, 2014 | 3:40 pm

      Hi, Lynda. Nice when people are nice, right? The world needs more of it, too.

  3. Jill Rogat
    July 5, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    In my travels I have often discovered strangers will offer more help than people you know. He certainly was kind to you, how nice he took that time out to help.

    • CB Driver
      July 8, 2014 | 3:39 pm

      Hi, Jill. I hear you–it’s the strangers who are often the most helpful. I really hope I see this guy when I fly out of Bogotá in a few weeks.

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