The Scamp Plans a Visit

In 54 days, 11 hours, and 29 minutes I will be on a plane to Estonia.


This caged bird is getting a week of freedom. My credit card is sad, but my heart is happy. I will get to spend a week with one of my best friends, and get to explore a new country. I don’t care if it snows, or if none of my other friends can make it, the week long break from all that is going on in my bubble here is worth it.

The countdown keeps me going. None of the drama of the program, my frustrations with the research job, or any of my feelings about being home seem that bad when I know that in 54 days I get a break.

bird cages

This marks the third year in a row that I will not be home for Thanksgiving. I am extremely thankful for the chance to escape my gilded cage. I cannot wait to plan my adventure. I have already decided to visit Helsinki, and Latvia. My family is from Latvia, so I think seeing my roots for a bit might do me a bit of good.

The only thing that would make this trip perfect is if some of my friends from Scotland can come along as well. A year without seeing each other is far too long.


  1. mjadez · September 29, 2014

    I’m so glad that you are able to ‘escape’. I know it’s been really hard for you, but I’m also proud that you keep on keepin’ on. I wish that I could visit Estonia, but I have my own countdown to when I go home. Y’all have fun, take loads of pics and have tons of fun!!

  2. Nathan Mizrachi · September 29, 2014

    I still haven’t visited the Batlic states, I’ve only heard great things! I bet your airfare will equal the cost of the rest of your trip, since it’s supposed to be wicked cheap there. Have fun and wear a jacket!

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