Lastly, they placed the toiletry bags in weekender bags and carried them around to get a sense of how heavy the toiletry bags felt and how easily they could be packed into other pieces of luggage. It could be a combination of dumb luck, common sense and the benefits of reciprocal trust: trust and you will be trusted. Majed and I, who had enjoyed a fluid and friendly rapport for a week, had a strange exchange, which put in question if or why he should trust me. And because I always trust people until I’m given a reason not to trust them, I was content. I took any kind of precaution, believing that the people of this area did this, and the people of that province did that. Majed and I said our goodbyes – which were far more perfunctory than I’d expected earlier in the week, when we were close – and Shadad and I took off.
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