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And Then We Decided to Go to Latvia

Colorful houses in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s been a month since we are in Latvia. In less than 48 hours after our arrival we had already found an apartment, where we are living right now. And this time we are planning to stay here for a longer while. It may become our “home base” eventually. I don’t know. It’s not like we haven’t been in Latvia for years. No. The difference is that this time we don’t have a plan of leaving. Not for more than a month or two at a time. This makes the whole experience completely different.

How does it feel? Strange. I can’t say that I’m feeling fully content. Una is feeling better. But at the same time I haven’t felt so much at peace at least for a year, if not longer.

It’s very nice living in an apartment and not having a check out date and not to have to think about your visa. Our daily routine is becoming normal again, after several months of what felt like a seemingly neverending struggle when we were going to sleep at something like 3-4 AM and waking up in the afternoon not being able to get back to something more normal. Which is one of the main reasons why we decided to go and try living in Latvia in the first place.

To have a better daily routine.

Routine may sound like a bad word. Something to avoid. But, you know, when you don’t have any routine, your life can easily become a mess. Getting anything done becomes very hard. And you start questioning yourself, why am I doing this to myself? Why am I making regular daily things much more difficult?

Una walking on the street in Riga, Latvia

Why Latvia?

We just felt that we have to give it a try.

Partly also because it’s very easy to live in Latvia. Cost of living in Latvia for us is the same like in India, Malaysia or Thailand. Living conditions – very good. Finding a place where to stay that you like – easy.  No visa needed. No return or onward ticket necessary. Since we needed to go somewhere in August anyway (at least for a short while; because of our Indian visa) and the cheapest return ticket cost about the same like a ticket to Latvia, we decided to choose the latter.

Of course, there are also downsides to living in Latvia. But we just wanted to stop thinking about things like – where and what to eat, where to live and where to move next – for a while. And so that’s why Latvia.

Even though, only 4 months ago I thought we’are going to spend a big part of the year in India.

And 2 months ago we were thinking of living between Goa (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Bali (Indonesia).

But when you realize that a simple thought of moving somewhere causes anxiety. Even when you’re thinking of moving to places you really, really like. Places where you would gladly live. You know that something is wrong. That maybe you don’t have to do it. Not now. Not to make things even harder for yourself. Because you have a choice.

And anyway you can’t just live for as long as you want in any of these places. You’ll have to leave again after 2-3 months. Because of the visa. You’ll have to move again.

So, Latvia it is. For now.

(Going on the next trip in 2 days.)

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