When I first embarked on my journey, I was riddled with reservations and self-doubt. I was worried about being lonely (more than I was worried about being alone, and before I even started thinking about the safety issues that could arise as a solo female traveler). Now, for the month that I have been here, I have only felt lonely for the handful of times that I was especially homesick. Besides these rare occasions, I have been lucky enough to often be in good company, and so gradually loneliness fell by the way side. When I am alone now, I savour it, sit with it, take the time to reflect.