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It’s 4:30pm in the UK as I write this.

What time is it here in India?

I don’t actually know because my laptop insists on going by UK time no matter how many times I try to change it which has caused quite a bit of confusion and messed up sleeping patterns over the last seven months!

Seven months. SEVEN! I’ve been gone for almost seven months now which is absolute madness to think about!

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those reflective, look what I did recently type posts because I’ve already done that for both the four month and the six month marks and wouldn’t want to bore anyone to death. Plus I haven’t really done anything noteworthy in the last month so yeah, I guess this is just one of those type whatever comes into your head posts.

7 months.

According to Wikipedia, if I was a domestic goat I could have gotten pregnant, given birth and raised it for a month by now. Heck, I could have had a human baby by now! I promise I have not had a human baby and to be honest if I had you all would have seen me and Junior featured in a Daily Mail article about immaculate conception. TMI? Perhaps.

Anyway, my point is that seven months is a long time.

But at the same time, it feels like I only left home a week or two ago.

I haven’t definitively booked my flight home yet (I should probably get on that!) but I do know it’ll be around this time next month. It just depends what date is cheapest: a few weeks ago I saw a flight from Cochin to London Heathrow for £137(!!!!!) which is absolutely insane! I’m not home yet, I don’t have a date that I’ll be home yet but I already can’t wait to leave.

I love home, I really really do. I love my friends and my family and my work buddies and I even the weather. Mostly I love the easy access to Cathedral City cheddar cheese though. But as much as I love everything back home, I also love the idea of adventure. I love flying off somewhere I’ve never been before and discovering new sights and smells and tastes. I love having a currency in my purse that I’ve never heard of before. I love walking through the streets and not having a clue what anyone is saying. I love going to museums and castles and buildings and learning all about this culture and history that’s always been so alien to me. I love feeling extreme colds and unbearable heat because we just don’t get those kinds of climates back home. I love it all.

I’m not home yet, but I’m already planning my escape.

More specifically, I’m going to Riga for a few days at the beginning of December. I’ve mentioned it briefly in a few previous posts and I think I mentioned how it may or may not be my break-up present to myself bit I am so freaking excited already. Jumping almost directly from the crazy Indian heat and humidity to the equally as crazy Eastern-ish European cold will no doubt result in me cursing myself for ever having booked that ridiculously cheap Wizzair flight, but right now I don’t care about that. Right now I’m just excited because a d v e n t u r e.

Have you got a winter break booked?! Or have you been to Latvia before? I’d love to hear about either of them, especially any tips on what to eat, see and do in Riga! Let me know!


  1. That’s ridiculously cheap for a flight from India to the UK – I paid almost that much to fly out to France with Flybe. I can sympathise on the cheese front, I’m longing for some decent cheddar when I get home – they sell supermarket own-brand cheddar over here but it just ISN’T real cheddar! As for a winter break, I’m just desperately hoping my timetable for exam invigilating/marking comes out soon so I can go home for Christmas!

    • rhiydwi Reply

      I know, right?! One of my friends back in Cardiff only paid £120 for an India-LHR flight when he first moved there last year. Nuts.
      A restaurant gave me fake plastic cheese (you know the kind!) on my pasta the other day and tried to claim it was cheddar. The cheek of it almost made me want to walk out…
      Fingers crossed for you that you get the timetable soon (if not already – late reply, oops!) and can get home! It’s so hard to get into the festive spirit when you’re not home and with everything familiar! Also can’t believe I’m talking about Christmas. It’s November tomorrow! Wasn’t July like, yesterday?!

      • Flight prices like that are just insane when you consider the distance! No other nation knows how to do a good cheddar… I remember Subway in Canada trying to tell us that plastic-y cheese that was orange was “cheddar”! I’ve still got my fingers crossed on that one… such is French admin that at this rate it’ll be a last minute Skyscanner job to get home for Christmas on the cheap! This year has zoomed by – I can’t quite believe it’s hit November and all the Christmassy stuff is in the shops already…

  2. Holy crap I can’t believe you’re heading back home in a month! Do you have any idea when you’ll be heading back out? Other than you little Latvian meander of course.
    I’ve been reading all yours posts from my phone and commenting from there is a big ol’ pain in the you-know-what. Right now I just so happen to have some time, I have my computer, and even decent wifi. About a million comments coming at cha! You.Are.Welcome 🙂

    • rhiydwi Reply

      I know, it’s absolutely nuts how quick it’s gone!! Especially as it was only supposed to be 6 months to begin with and ended up as 8! Tbh I’m only heading back now because I promised my stepdad I’d be home for Christmas, otherwise I’d be more than happy staying out here indefinitely. Mid-Jan I’ll be making my way around Eastern Europe (aka the cheap part!) on trains for a month or 2 and then hopefully come back out to India April/May providing I’m not living out of a cardboard box with no money to my name haha!
      Funny thing – when you commented all your comments I was in the same situation: on my phone, awful WiFi and replying was way more effort than it should be! Hence the mega one week delay in replies. So now expect a million replies coming at you. You’re welcome right back 😉

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