I finally got back from Europe after 5 weeks of traveling alone. I learned and went through so much, I don't even know where to begin. Basically, I went abroad for an advanced fashion program at Central Saint Martins in London, which was 3 weeks. That was sandwiched between two rounds of traveling across Europe on my own.
Throughout my experience, I only had myself to depend on in terms of survival. I was responsible for all of my train and flight times, my own safety, and for all of my belongings. Luckily, I was on time to everything, did not get mugged, and did not lose any of my stuff. :)
To be honest, my trip was the most challenging thing I've ever done. I had never felt those instinctually human survival skills kick in until my trip, and I was really able to test what I was capable of. I desperately learned how to use my own made-up sign language to communicate with those who don't speak either Japanese or English, and I learned that it's okay to be embarrassing sometimes.
At the beginning, I was a wimp. I couldn't walk for more than 3 hours at a time since I would wear my heels, I would take taxis everywhere, and I needed help carrying my things. I couldn't even order an espresso at a cafe in Paris because I thought I would embarrass myself. At the end, I was so tough, I could walk all day and not feel any pain, I learned how to take public transportation, and I didn't let people push me around just because I'm a foreigner. Honestly, I feel like a completely different person.
I'll keep sharing things about my trip!
Glad to be back home <3