Back in 2016, I went to this place called Kinnaur Valley, which is in Himachal Pradesh, India. I was going to this village, Chitkul to learn more about their culture and language, when I realized that I had missed my bus. The next bus came late and it took me to Rakchham, which was a couple kilometers away from Chitkul. Note that Chitkul is the last village of India after which China starts, so I really wanted to visit that place and my time was limited. But then, the villagers in Rakchham suggested me not to hike till Chitkul since there could be wild animals on the way in the evening and it was about to get dark in a couple hours. I still felt I should consult more people, so I asked this person, Mr. Shamsher, and while he suggested the same, and we got to talking.
Apparently, we ended up talking for 3 hours straight while taking a couple rounds of the entire village. We talked about the village life, the city life, friends, people, daily routines, festivals, music, dance, weddings and what not! It was late so he offered me a place to stay in his house, but I was reluctant due to some reason. He showed me all the guest houses around and finally helped me bargain at a camp site for less than 3$. I had tea with him the next morning. I talked to many other villagers and talking to them gave me such positive vibes, I ended up staying there for another day and increasing my stay duration (because Chitkul was a must, but that's another story).
Missed a lot of work, but the experience was worth it.