I woke up early around 6:30-7:00 and went out to absorb the freshness in the air. The cool breeze and the smell of mountains. Went for a short walk, petted the dog and came back to the hostel to sleep again. Hey, I woke up early on my vacation, I'm allowed to sleep for sometime again.
Around 12:00-ish left for this cafe which was always always always on my bucket list - Illiterati Cafe. Decided to walk down to main Mc Leodganj. On my way found this cute Tibet bakery which had the best chocolate rum pastry. Yes, walking was worth it else wouldn't have found this gem.
Finally reached the cafe, ordered a cold coffee (of course), picked a book and sat here straight for the next 7 hours (yes, you read that right). I just didn't realise where the time went. I read, ate, paid attention to the every changing weather - you could see the mountains and then in no time they disappeared behind the fog, spoke to some really nice and clever people and spent some real quality time with no one but myself. Guess, this is what we never do. Having time for everyone but ourselves.
I forced myself out of this place because it got so dark and I had to go far, also hiking some part, remember as the cab goes only till a certain point?
But left contended. Thank you Illiterati for surpassing my expectation. Came back to the hostel to a good musical night. Ate my dal chawal and cold coffee (Yes, with dal chawal - so what ????) and went to sleep like a baby.
Oh yes, so last evening was not so good. It was my first day which went well, came back to hostel early evening to myself and then as the sun went down I felt lonely. Writing this so you know it's not all just fun when you travel solo but mostly it is ????. You just need to know the facts so you know what to expect.
So I suddenly started feeling dull and lonely and all the synonyms of sad. Didn't know what to do and was too dark to go out so spoke to couple of friends. But then I had come here on my own for a reason right, to spend time with myself so I went to my room and sat there doing self talk. Yes, it worked. Bottom line, speak to yourself and remember to be polite and honest. Acknowledge every thought and put it to rest.
So was I feeling lonely? Sure, but I never didn't want to be there, and I never wished that anyone were there with me. I knew that I needed to do this and that I needed to do it alone.