Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Alina from Germany. A fellow blogger with strong interests in foreign languages and cultures, photography, and fashion, Alina contacted me some weeks ago saying that she would be visiting Tokyo and if we could grab some tea. I'm so glad she invited me! It was wonderful to meet this lovely girl.
Alina has previously lived in the U.S. for one year and Japan for 6 months, and both her English and Japanese are very good. Furthermore, it was really easy and fun chatting with her, as she has a warm personality and we share quite a few common viewpoints and opinions. One conversation especially stood out to me, about how some people back home don't really understand why someone would want to leave their home country and travel or live overseas. I've definitely met with that perspective from my surroundings as well. I admired Alina's independence, courage, and passion.
Thanks Alina for taking the initiative to meet up with me! Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Tokyo, and I hope we can meet again. :)
You can find Alina's writing and photos at her blog here.