Ready for Some Routine

In the last 7 weeks, I’ve worked for 11 days, been ill and off sick for 2 (a rare occurrence for me) and been away from home for 34. Sometimes, that’s how teacher’s terms work out, and I’m so grateful to be in a geographical and financial position that allows me to travel so much at the moment. But I am seriously ready for some routine.

I write this on the journey back from Phnom Penh to Hanoi. My parents, Oli and I just spent 8 days in Cambodia, immediately after a couple in Sapa. 2 days before, we were in Ninh Binh, and just a fortnight previously Ol and I arrived home from a jam-packed few weeks exploring New Zealand. It’s been exciting, fascinating, interesting, adventurous and taught me so much about the world and myself. But it’s taken a toll on my body. I’m tired, I ache all over and am in urgent need of several consecutive nights in my own bed, ideally all beginning at 9pm.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to as I fly:

  • My own space to think, reflect, write and just be
  • My wardrobe, rather than being limited to what I can carry on my back
  • Home-cooked food: smelling those scents as I impatiently waiting for the rice cooker to be done
  • Reminding my body of my sleep routine
  • That feeling of my fresh bed sheets against my skin
  • Evenings on the sofa, curled up in front of Sex Education
  • Going to work
  • And coming back home again
  • Catching up with friends over baos, tacos or carb-packed lunches at the school canteen
  • The hot chocolate at my favourite cafe (I’ll be rushing there as soon as I can)
  • Exercising and nourishing my body
  • Keeping up to date in my gullet journal
  • Leaving all screens in the other room while I sleep
  • Having my hair cut and blow dried
  • Getting back on top of my savings
  • Uninterrupted reading time
  • Weekends wandering, photographing Hanoi’s beauty 
  • Ringing my friends from home-home
  • The view out of my apartment window
  • A massage at Body and Soul
  • Overnight oats for breakfast (I’ll never learn that 4 pain au chocolat at a hotel breakfast is too many)
  • Watching my sunrise as I enjoy my fruit tea 
  • A lie in tomorrow morning (please, brain)

If I ever begin planning a several month tour of the world, stop me. I need home comforts, my own space and a strict bedtime. 

What about you? What do you look forward to when you get back home?

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