there is civility in this particular thread, so fear not>>12351971
I can relate to the introversion as well, though I don't have a particular need or desire to travel, I do understand that need to have a lot of time to oneself as well as not having a large need for a lot of relationships with others. That's not to say that I don't want or need contact with others, it's just that I have no problems being alone with my thoughts for a very long time. I guess you could call it the difference between being lonely and alone. I don't like being lonely, but I don't mind being alone, in fact I often prefer it.
In that regard I can relate to that feeling of intrusiveness. Having and maintaining my own self-contained world is quite important, and when other people interject themselves into it, that can be quite aggravating. But if someone takes the time without pushing me too harshly, I have no problem allowing them a glimpse of it.
I suppose that's why I don't find the idea of Kino connecting with another person completely implausible. Even though it may be subtle to some people, it's clear that she does care about others. A more straight-forward approach would probably go over better, I don't think following and then claiming it was a coincidence is a good way to begin with. Introverts will always feel intruded upon when someone tries to enter their world. I think the trick is to earn their trust enough that they will allow you to enter.