In DC today, seeing an old friend at NPR and giving a talk

In DC today, seeing an old friend at NPR and giving a talk.
Taking the Metro in from Arlington, I realize how much confidence I go from my solo trip to Asia.
It was easy to jump on the train and switch twice, not only because I’ve done it before(and the DC Metro is amazingly well-marked), but because I got around Shanghai by myself.
I can tell that for the next few weeks one of my personal mantras is going to be You can do this, you made it through Asia alone, what’s the big deal.