My First Solo Trip - Journey of a Lifetime
2015 was when I threw myself into this experiment of travelling solo not to a nearby city, but to a whole new continent – Europe! And if you are experimenting, why work only with single parameter, lets throw in some more variables. Lets not take any international SIM card or mobile data. No big deal. Right? I mean, I have traveled earlier too. I even lost my cell phone on one of my travels, so why such a big deal now? – It was, I had never traveled solo before. I was the most reserved person I knew back then and I cringed at the idea of approaching a stranger to talk. So this here, was a BIG DEAL for me.
Barcelona just took my hand and swung me on to a dance floor. I was dancing to the tune of this wonderful city. It teaches you how to cherish little things in life. La Sagrada Familia, is a living example that even if you cannot complete it, no one can take away your masterpiece. So instead of worrying about life we should just follow the rhythm and keep dancing.
Rome made my faith in humanity event stronger, when at middle of the night a stranger showed me the way to reach my hostel. She didn’t know it either, at first, but she made efforts to find out and help me, instead of running away with my luggage. At Roman forum and Colosseum I went on a time travel as my imagination was actually transported to the time of Roman Empire when these ruins must have been magnificent structures. If ruins are so beautiful, one can only imagine the grandeur of actual buildings.
And my favorite, Berlin, it taught me that anyone can do a course correction anytime in their lives. Everybody makes mistakes, its only up-to us how we chart our journey afterwards. You can either sink in your own mistakes or you can rise up and make yourself an example to follow. What is now East Side Gallery, was once the wall diving Germany. It is now a beautiful open art gallery which spreads message of peace and hosts artists from across the globe.