I just got back from my first real travel experience: three months backpacking Europe on my own. A total leap of faith that taught me way more than I could have hoped for. So, I may not know a lot, I'm still a baby traveler at this point, but there are some things I've learned on the way, and the one I come here to write about is the travelling with high expectations of a certain place.
I'm a total freak before a go on a trip. Before my backpacking trip I went nuts months before! I would research places, prices, trains and buses. I did it for months! And I would have done the same thing, knowing what I know now. Actually, I'm sure I'll do it on my next big trip. Still, too much research, knowing too much about a certain place you're going to, can actually ruin your experience without you realizing it.
Lucca is inside a huge wall, so to get to the historic center you need to get inside the wall. Right here I got a weird feeling and thought maybe this town isn't exactly what I was thinking. Since I had to get into a very sketchy tunnel full of graffiti, smelling like pee. I can tell you I would've turned back, believe that couldn't be the right way, if I was getting there by myself.
I learned my lesson from here. I believe that Lucca was destined to be my disappointment so I could change something if I wanted to enjoy my backpacking trip that would still last two and a half months after this. After this day, I can tell you I was never disappointed during my travel ever again. Yes there were places I didn't like, there were cities I actually couldn't wait to get out off, but I wasn't disappointed because I didn't expect anything. And that's because every new place I arrived to, I went with an open mind. I didn't expect anything, nor good or bad. I would just arrive and see what the city would have to offer me.