So as I said on my last post, a few weeks ago I travelled alone for the first time.
I went to Ljubljana for a couple of days, and even though that hardly counts as travelling solo – it was enough to get a taste of it.
Well as for my destination – I have to admit I was fairly nervous.
I mean – even though I am comfortable doing things on my own, and am very capable of finding my way around – I did not exactly know what to expect of Slovenia. I had no idea of how it would be – how would the people be.
You know it is very easy to have some misconceptions – and of course, Eastern Europe is more famous for being unsafe than Western.
I am not saying that is right, but the most eastern city I had ever visited was Bratislava – and only stayed for a couple of hours, before jumping on the next train to vienna, for a reason.
The train station did not feel safe, and there were a couple of really dodgy guys paying way too much attention to what we were doing.
Of course – that might just have been unlucky, probably was – but it was my experience. And there were four of us.
If arriving alone in Ljubljana would be like that – I would probably never travel alone again – and frankly, I would freak out a little.
Thankfully it was not. Quite the opposite – I arrived and instantly people were really nice, and I had a good feeling about the city from the start.
I am very much ok with spending time alone – I actually need it sometimes. But I also love to meet new people.
Usually when you are in a bigger group it is hard to meet a lot of people. Firstly you will be speaking in your own language. And also you wont be as open to talking to a stranger when your friends are all next to you. I am not saying you won’t – probably just not as much.
But then, if I wanted to be quiet I did not have to speak with anyone – and that is also great.
I wondered around the city alone for the whole afternoon – and was able to take as long as I wanted. I could take as many pictures as I wanted. Took my time adjusting the aperture and exposure – and the angles. And had no poor soul waiting for me.
You see I am a bit annoying with photography – I am aware of that – and I usually already have whom ever I am travelling with waiting up for me. So it was really nice to feel I had all the time in the world.
I know, with only a couple of days, I could not even miss anyone. So maybe long-term solo travel is not for me. Who knows? But short trips by myself? I am ok with that!