How to Hack Shyness While Traveling Solo
Social butterfly? Who is that, you wonder. Certainly not you. First of all, you’d never imagine yourself walking in a room full of international people and just waltz yourself from conversation to conversation. There’s just too much about a person looking your way that makes you cringe under a blanket. And more importantly, that’s a lot of energy you’d rather spend on a good book.
Russia: After the transsiberian (photo story)
While Russians look so serious, the architecture is probably one of the most playful that I’ve seen. Here’s a photo story of my short trip there. From the excited dinner in Cafe Pushkin after the four day transsiberian, to the subway sight seeing, then the free Moscow tour, Red Square, Kremlin, moving on to Saint Petersburg, St. Isaac Cathedral, and Winter Palace.
Arica: Lauca National Park
If you find yourself in the northernmost part of Chile – Arica – and you have the time then I suggest to go see Lauca National Park. It’s quite interesting to find communities in the altiplano where it’s cold, dry, high, and surrounded by volcanoes. But it’s beautiful especially Chungara Lake.
Bodrum: Turkey’s white marina city
After around 3 hours of bus ride from Kusadasi where my friend Nancy and I came from, we arrive in Bodrum. The streets are getting narrower and the houses are distinctly painted white. I’m still in Turkey I know it as we passed by a doner shop but it feels different.
Traveling alone is hard (but not too hard)
It is hard to travel alone in some sense and while most travel articles will say you have to do it at least once, I still think – to each his own. Do it if you really want to. Don’t do it if you think you’ll be miserable. That said I’ve met tons people traveling alone so it’s just a matter of getting used to.
Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall
Beijing, The Great Wall. Walk up to the highest point tower 23 for a nice view. She tells us this as we drive on a sunny Friday morning to the Mutianyu section of the wall. What we didn’t know was that from tower 14 it was going to be a test of strength to tower 23. It took us around two hours back and forth I think. Difficult but doable.