It was 4 a.m. and I was ready to go when heavy rains fell. There was thunder and lightning too. What a good way to commence my first solo travel, I thought. The rain lasted for about an hour. I was about to give up, postpone my trip, and go back to sleep (frustrated) when it suddenly ceased, though not totally. Although I was quite hesitant for the skies hung heavy and gray, which later turned out to be indeed sunny, I grabbed my backpack and decided to GO.