My companions: (standing from left) An American sailor and school teacher, his Czech friend, Sejung (S.Korea), Stephie (German nun), and York (Germany) and (sitting) Pema Darto (S.Korea). All seven of us were running after Keylong buses at HRTC Bus Station in Manali on June 28, 2014. However, all buses were overcrowded and neither of us could board the bus. Till then we were strangers but we had one thing common: all were budget-travelers, which was probably evident from our appearances. Pema asked me “Do you speak English?” Then started the process of speaking to all other travelers chasing the Keylong buses in vain and we agreed to share a jeep.