On the fifth day came tranquility
To take me back I light a coconut and lemongrass candle, fitting for the destination. Sitting in a pose that is ubiquitous across many parts of Asia - cross-legged, back straight, arms relaxed by my sides, I start to breathe. Deep, nostalgically scented whole breaths fill my lungs and loosen the tension in my body. I feel the noise of daily coronavirus briefings and the closeness of the four walls subsiding.