Vali is amazing! She works as a ticket inspector at the Gellert square tube station and smiles at everyone who passes by. She lives in Szentendre (about an hour commute from her station) and works from 6 am to 10 pm.
She caught my eyes as she was standing by the escalator and the wind was blowing her beautiful, wavy hair. She told me originally she was a brunette but since high school she’s been coloring and cutting her own hair. Never goes to hairdresser.
As I stood there talking to her, passengers came and went and said ‘good morning’ to her. She likes her job and likes being cheerful and kind to everyone. Sadly, very rare to find among inspectors.
While a bit camera-shy, she definitely cheered up my day.
And by the way, Vali is 70 years young!