With only two weeks (gaaaahhh!!!) of the trip left I’m going into panic mode about surviving without a constant supply of sun and sea.
But I’m also going to require a bit of regentrification to settle back in – I suspect I’ll be expected to wash / hold normal conversations (instead of just speaking in half sentences with Finn) / not wear the same outfit seven days in a row etc.
Here are a few things that seem normal right now but I should probably abandon on arrival in London:
- Going for weeks (honestly – weeks) without having a full on conversation with anyone who isn’t Finn or that I’m related to
- Getting washing done and then wearing my unwashed clothes for fear of getting my nice clean clothes dirty again
- Drinking half a beer and feeling really rather tipsy
- Being shocked at how lavish we’re being when we spend $10 on a meal for two
- Getting so dusty after a walk through town / bus ride etc that I make towels mucky when I dry off with them (I am aware that means I’m still mucky after a shower…)
- Waking up when it’s still dark and having no idea where I am, what way I’m facing, what side of the bed I’m on, how to get to the bathroom etc. Cue lots of walking into walls in the dark
- Waking up at 5. Something odd has happened to my sleep since we started travelling and sleeping until 6am is now a huge achievement for me
- Being hungry. I’m one of life’s snack eaters, but tight travel budgets are the ENEMY of snacking. On the plus side, I have a flat tummy. On the down side, my clothes are loose to the point of falling off
- Being asked where I just arrived from and not having a clue. Or really knowing where I’ve arrived either
- Using coconut oil for EVERYTHING – moisturiser, cleanser, hair conditioner
- Getting dressed up and fancy to go out by brushing my hair for the first time in days and maybe, if I’m going all out, putting on some lip balm
- Spitting constantly when washing my face / showering to make sure no tap water gets past my lips. No one wants to repeat Charlotte’s shower disaster from the first Sex and the City film…
- Being in a mode of transport and having zero idea how long it will take, what to expect, where / when we’ll arrive, whether we’ll be asked for more money etc.
- Getting very excited when we find elastic bands / get to keep a good tub from some food we’ve bought. Getting upset when we lose a good plastic bag to the laundry
- Being prepared to walk a fair way with a heavy backpack in the heat to save 20p on a taxi, then spending the rest of the day recovering and rehydrating
- If I’m not sweating I assume I’m cold and put on a jumper – resulting in me wearing a hoody the moment it dips below 30 degrees c