04
Mar
11

surprise surprise

I was going to keep this news close to my chest as I wanted to surprise everyone back home. Having time to reflect on my latest decision today in the car back from an excellent day trip to Mysore with Hazel and Ian, I realised that I’d be short changing people by not sharing my news. After all, the whole point of sharing this tale has been to honest with myself and whoever may stumble upon this and read it. Put bluntly, not writing about one of my biggest decisions would be bloody stupid. (I’m trying desperately here to built up the suspense, can you tell?) I’ll get down to business.

The April 6th date is no more. That will just be another day in life’s rich tapestry. For now the date that matters is March 7th. For the observant amongst you, you may have recognised that this date coincides with my birthday. Nothing particularly exciting about that, I hear you say. Except it is quite an exciting date for me. It is now the date that I will be ending this chapter of my life. That’s right, I’ve decided to fly back to Blighty four weeks early.

Don’t worry, it’s not a decision based upon anything like not enjoying travelling. Far from it, in fact. The last few weeks have seen me return to my best, enjoying the time spent with Steph in Malaysia before hitting the ground hard in India with my mates whilst watching England make a dogs dinner of playing ODI cricket. I’ve been loving every minute of being in India. The smog, the filth, the travel, the lack of edible red meat. Even the projectile vomiting made me burst into fits of laughter at how ridiculous I must have looked. The cricket has been awesome, the banter has been as great as ever. So why have I decided to curtail my trip then? Well there are several reasons which I will try to explain.

If you look back over this blogs life you will read that once England’s group games were over, I didn’t really know what was going to happen for the last few weeks. I made a decision to fly to Goa between Chennai matches before heading down to Sri Lanka whilst waiting to see what happens with England who may or may not being playing quarter and/or semi finals in Colombo. If England were not playing a semi final in Colombo but were still in the tournament, then they’d have a semi final in northern India in a place called Mohali that would take three flights to get to or two flights and a six hour bus ride. If England reached the final then I’d have to get down to Mumbai, before heading back up to Delhi for my flight home. If you followed that then you are a wiser man than me, who’s head is hurting somewhat after trying to put that down in words. Basically it’s all just become too much of a logistical and financial ball ache to bother with for the sake of a few one day cricket matches at the end of a trip.

My mind was made up the other day when I looked at sorting out a return flight from Chennai to Goa. The cheapest I could find was £150. For someone that has spent several thousands of pounds on twenty two flights already, this probably should not have been an issue. The fact is for some reason it was. I wasn’t willing to part with that amount of cash to a domestic Indian airline for what is a short trip. As my boss pointed out the other day over email, I like to make sure I am getting VFM (Value for Money)! In short I found I could buy a single flight back the UK from Chennai for not much more, thus cutting out four weeks of potential large expenditure plus more fist shakes at my laptop screen at the price fixing that seems to be going on here during the World Cup with domestic carriers.

Of course the other option was to simply forget all about the cricket. I was chatting with my mate Welsh Chris about this last night. Chris is a massive beach lover and would happily sit in Goa for weeks on end, chilling out and getting suntanned. I love a bit of this myself once in a while, I’ve just had ten days of that in Langkawi. He suggested that I go to Goa or Sri Lanka as planned and just do exactly that – chill out. The fact is I don’t feel the need for more of that. I’m in a great place with my travel at the moment and as selfish as it sounds, I really don’t want to sit on a beach doing nothing waiting to see what may or may not come about with the English cricket team. I’m just ready to finish the trip on a high, happy with where I am with no regrets about my decision. I know for a fact that if England miraculously do progress to the latter stages that I’ll still be happy with my decision of coming home and not having to worry about even more logistics.

Another reason is that I’m not doing anything particularly new. I’ve been to Goa, Chennai and Colombo before and have seen enough of beach life recently, as explained above, not to get overly excited about it. I know for a fact that many will read this and think that I’m being blasé, which I promise is not the case. Let’s be honest though, how many of you get bored on a beach after a week whilst on holiday? Exactly.

I’m smiling whilst writing this knowing I’ve made the right call. A final adventure beckons tomorrow with my first Indian train. I couldn’t think of a greater way to end what has been an amazing roller coaster ride of a trip than a journey like this before seeing England take on South Africa on Sunday in Chennai.

As the song goes, ‘Where were you when we were in Chennai?’

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5 Responses to “surprise surprise”


  1. 1 Martin Chapple
    March 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing you matey – much better to come back in this state of mind! Will check out the gaffs for you tomoz (saturday) and hopefully have some good news about the next chapter of “A Rich Life” (Geddit?)

  2. 2 donna
    March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    See you on the eve of your birthday Richard…good Blogger you are…happy, happy days son ….to quote Lucy I am well proud ..just well proud …here’s to you.

  3. 3 Marko
    March 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    See you soon shag 🙂

  4. 4 Sara
    March 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    how many special people came………..

    I understand what you are saying babes…but at the end of the day working for a living or living the dream means I would vote Goa any day …. sorry!
    Having said that looking forward to seeing you in the summer mate … Keep it real & see ya then
    Sara n Dean xx

  5. March 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Still not going to work until the same date! Just some time to settle into a new 2 bed home, play some golf and chill out! Hope you guys are still loving NZ x


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