Tuesday, 16 January 2018

It's nice to go travelling

Isn't the weather horrible right now? I really dislike this time of year; it's cold and grey and soggy and nothing much grows. Needless to say it's spurred Mr Robot and I to finalise everything for our trip to India. We've had our final jabs, and I've booked our trains and remaining hotel. Booking trains was a bit of an adventure; if you have to make a change you have to book each leg of the journey separately, and you need to specify which class you want to be in (and there seems to be a fair number of classes). I think I got it right – we shall find out in a month or so's time. Could anything else possibly go wrong?

It's time for another tale of Things That Don't Fit.

Vix is out in India right now, and when she posted about what she was taken I was slightly startled. "I'm sure I couldn't get by on that little," I thought. Well, owing to my inability to order a couple of salwar kameez suits online – I thought I was ordering according to body size, but I was ordering garment size – I'm going to have to. Two utterly gorgeous, far too small suits arrived this week. Arrrrrrse. Right now my India wardrobe consists of two pairs of linen trousers (one navy, one navy with white stripes) and three baggy shirts (one white, one white with navy stripes, and one mustard with navy stripes). The last two of those blouses were a desperation purchase from Next, and I really would like not to have navy on some of my outfits but I fear that is asking too much.
That sound you can hear is me kicking myself for not getting those House of Foxy beach pyjamas when I had the chance. I'm going to be haunting the clearance chazza for weeks. Hopefully some suitably modest, lightweight tops will turn up.

I'm not getting rid of the salwar kameezes, though. I know I said my plan for this year was to lose a bit of weight, but it's morphed into: get more sleep. And that's having a big, brilliant impact on so many other areas of my life. In order to get more sleep, I go to bed earlier and read, to give my brain a chance to wind down. More books read! Less junk telly! And then I get up better rested and happier, and am actually motivated to heat up soup and fill my flask and take that for lunch instead of buying lunch. Spend less money! Eat fewer calories! And switching my usual tea for chamomile in the afternoon means less milk consumed, and I think I'm actually losing weight as a side effect of all this.  So I'll hang on to the suits for now; who knows, if we go to India again they might fit that time.

And my usual holiday wardrobe will get an airing this year as Mr Robot had enough of the awful weather and booked us a trip to Spain in the autumn. Back to Seville!

Is the weather driving you to dream of travelling?

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  1. I don't know about driving me to dream of holidays but driving me demented certainly, or maybe that's just work at the moment!

    I have to have my jabs of Friday, I'm very confused as I picked up the form and the nurse seems to think I don't need two of the main ones they recommend (Hep A & Typhoid) but has me down for Polio yet I clearly stated I was immunised as a small child!?! I intend to go and query it....
    My brother and sister in law are on the last leg of their epic Indian tour so I can't wait to hear how they got on in Delhi. I need to make the most of my one day!!

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    1. Yup, best to query it. We've had to have hep and typhoid, though we're going to different places so perhaps you're not as at risk of those things in Delhi.

      One of my workmates has just got back from Mumbai and loved it.

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  2. I quite agree with your views on the weather - so depressing and limiting. For me it limits my walking opportunities - rain, strong winds, soggy, muddy fields...

    You must be so excited about India - surely you'll be able to buy lots of lovely clothes whilst you're there to make up for your lack of holiday clothes so far?

    It's brilliant that you're getting more sleep with all the associated benefits - KEEP IT UP! Mim!

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    1. It must be so frustrating for you not being able to go on any walks.

      I am determined to stick to my sleeping. Of course, now I'm feeling really good, I wonder why I need to stick to it... because if I don't, I'll feel rubbish again!

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  3. I know they aren't fashionable, but lightweight sunscreen shirts will keep you cool, and covered-up enough if you visit any religious sites. Any good outdoors-type shop will have them. I've done my share of ordering things wrong, and I feel for you.

    We have a bit of travel planned for late winter/early spring, but they're domestic trips. The closest I'll be getting to sunshine and warmth is a tanning bed ;)

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    1. Ah, interesting - outdoors shops over here tend to be wall-to-wall waterproofs, but they might have some more covering things squirrelled away.

      To be fair, the USA is huge; a domestic trip for Americans is like going to another European country for us. It's a short hop for me to get to Paris, whereas Hawaii is longhaul for you.

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  4. I believe you said you were going to Mumbai? If so there are a few readymade plus ladies' shops available & you might find something there-

    FabIndia- goes up to an XXL which is a 44-46" bust

    Pantaloons- a big dept store in most indoor malls (Mumbai has like 4 or 5 big indoor malls) has a plus section called Alto Moda, goes up to a 50" bust

    aLL- a plus only boutique chain that goes from XL to 5X

    Lakshita- a more upscale boutique chain with dressier options that go from petite to 5X

    Anywho, no traveling for us as this is peak tourist season here when we do most of our business.

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    1. Aha! I'm starting in Kolkata and Mumbai is our last stop, but they probably have the same chains in Kolkata.

      I hope the tourist season is going well for you!

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  5. Damn right it is we’re off to Costa Rica on 23rd Feb have plans to do a European road trip with the tent ha ha and have booked a month in Samos for September and anything else I can squeeze in between that lot. Have you tried pukka turmeric gold tea it’s teally lovely and a nice change from the usual herbal ones. Hope you have a fab time in India

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    1. Ooh, that all sounds like some amazing travelling. I bet you'll see amazing plants and birds in Costa Rica.

      I haven't tried turmeric tea... I use it a lot in curries, I don't know how I'd feel about drinking it. Still, I should give it a go if you say it's nice.

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  6. Oh, what a shame about the salwar kameez suits, I would have loved to see you wearing them! I see Bibi has given you a few tips to shop locally, so you might be able to pick something up there, and get a great souvenir of your travels in the process. No travel plans here, although I'm desperately in need of a couple of days away. Jos was given hotel vouchers for his last birthday, but as it's for Belgium only, we want to wait until Spring. Also, as I'm on my own at work, I simply can't get away now. More sleeping and reading sounds just the ticket for now. xxx

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    1. Well, the 'sleep more' plan is already resulting in some weight loss - a few pounds down so far - so perhaps *next* time I go to India I'll be able to wear them.

      Yup, no point going on holiday locally at this time of year given the climate (I'm guessing Belgium and Britain aren't that different). Spring will be much better!

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  7. Oh yes, as soon as I've submitted this PhD chapter I will be heading to the travel websites and booking something, this year is going to be full-on for me (planning to submit the PhD by the end of it) so I need to make sure I plan some holiday time in advance to give me a break.

    I am sure we'll end up somewhere in Spain again, as it's a short flight and fairly cheap. I don't mind, I could happily go every year!

    Best of luck with your holiday wardrobe planning for India - it's always a bit of a stress isn't it when you're going away, I end up panic buying things too! xx

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  8. How exciting to be going to India. At least a capsule wardrobe means you won't have any 'what to wear' angst! I'm wondering if this year I can face trying flying again. It terrifies me but I want to go places!

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