When I first moved to Canada, I had left the UK thinking I would only be away a year. Well as you can see, it’s almost two years since I left and I am still here! But I will soon be stepping back on a plane and heading back to home for a well deserved visit.
This is the first time in my life I have ever been away from my home country for a major length of time, and let me tell you it has been a whirlwind of emotions. I have never been homesick in my life, but I soon learnt that once you are away from your family and friends for 20 months, homesickness was bound to seep in. So much in fact, it had almost made me want to move back home permanently.
What I am most excited for about visiting home? Apart from seeing friends and family of course.
There are things I have been drooling over for months. Food mainly. (I know, shock horror) While I love a good double double and doughnut from Tim Hortons. I can’t wait to have a latte from my favourite coffee shop just beside my old flat in London, and have a proper jam doughnut from the bakery. Luckily that coffee shop also does the best espresso martini’s in London, which happen to be my favourite cocktail.
I am going to be doing some driving when I am back home, and I am a tad nervous. Now that I accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road, I am not sure how I will deal with driving on the left hand side, let alone going round a roundabout.
I am also struggling with what wardrobe to pack. Considering my wardrobe now consists of mainly plaid shirts, jeans and boots. Where in London I would always be in some kind of sleek dress, and blending in with those fashionistas on the tube. So I am going to have to really up my game when I return home!
As word is getting round that I am returning home, I am getting a lot of requests from people here to bring them back things. Chocolate mainly. So much that I think I’m going to go to the UK with one suitcase and return to Canada with two.
I am also nerdily excited about seeing public transport, not just because I am geek when it comes to the London Underground, but the fact I have not had access to public transport since I moved to Canada. I am sure the novelty will wear off pretty quick, once I am stuck on a crowded tube that gets stuck in a tunnel.
I will of course keep you updated of my trip, but for now I’m here dreaming of Yorkshire tea, marmite and jam doughnuts and avoiding all things Brexit.