Feeling heartbroken over a fight with a friend feeling miserable I was standing in the bookstore alone. That was when I spontaneously decided to travel to Rome, Italy. Not a big reason, just wanted to get out of my comfort zone. As much as i love Japan, I wanted to see the other part of the world through my eyes, not via someone else’s anymore. Leaving my parents being worried behind, I flew to Italy alone.
I tend to like old things. I am more attracted to old shrines or temples. They allow me to imagine. Maybe I like the feeling where I feel connected with ancient people over time. I definitely know almost nothing about Roma, or even Italy ; however I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I also have learned how Italian people are, I know its a tiny part of them, but I loved how friendly and cheerful they are. I enjoyed it especially when I wore kimono. On the other hand, I have experienced some that aren’t good I would say.This doesn’t mean Italian people are bad or terrible, just note that. – My B&B owner did not make a promise (Or worse than that, long story) when I arrived in Italy, and didn’t get any help when I needed, which has bothered me during my trip, which eventually forced me to leave Rome earlier than I planned. I expected “Omotenashi mind”(” Hospitality”) just like I do in Japan in Italy, but it was shocking when that was not the case. I strongly felt that I do not want to let anyone experience the same when someone decided to travel to Japan because of it.
Thankfully I had a good experience in Florence with some nice friends.
This travel taught me some. Since I was traveling alone in a foreign country, I was feeling quite alone. I know that I had some people that I could count on, (which was so lucky). Italian food was good, but I realize that I do not like it as much as Japanese food. So I already missed Japanese food. I actually even had sushi in Italy.The good thing was I didn’t get in crimes and I had nothing stolen. I did not feel in danger in Rome as much as I imagined. That does not mean you don’t have to be careful about your belongings, but as my parents said that the world is a dangerous place (really!) proved me wrong. You would laugh if you witnessed me going out alone in Italian streets for the first time. – I was so cautious I walked like a robot. The other part of world is not as dangerous as I thought.
Lastly, what I am proud of myself is that I could wear kimono in Italy. (The Power Of Kimono ) I could organize everything by myself (I even never had booked a flight ticket before!) , and came back and show me being fine to my family when I was back. And I got sushi as soon as I was in Japan with my family. what a great moment.
I would love to travel again because I am hoping that I will be able to see Japan in the different point of view. What people from abroad are interested in Japan, its culture, what is unique about Japan, I am always learning.
Thanks for always supporting me. 🙂