Hello my lovely readers! Hope you are all doing well. I thought I’d make a little update regarding my recent travels, since I haven’t talked about it since I’ve been home. To put it shortly, the trip was amazing and I loved showing my family around my favorite spots in London and some in Paris. However, I did have a little bump in the road which prevented me from writing any posts while I was there or exploring as much as I wanted to. So in the post, I want to describe what happened and how I dealt with it. I hope this is especially helpful to any of you avid travelers out there.
So I will be making separate posts for both London and Paris, but I’ll do a quick synopsis in today’s post. We spent a week in London, with our hotel being extremely close to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. It was so lovely and every person we met was very inviting and wanting to help my family. I absolutely love the people of London! We went all over the place, from Windsor Castle to the Brighton pier. However, during our trip to Brighton and while spending our time on the pier, I began feeling a bit funny. It’s very normal to feel a bit off or tired while traveling, but this was something different. That night, I started to get the chills and ended up having a pretty severe fever that whole night. I didn’t mention it to my parents, since I could take care of it myself and assumed it would be gone by the morning.
But I was wrong.
Waking up that morning, I still felt extremely exhausted, as if I didn’t sleep a minute the night before. My body felt so weak and I could barely walk to the bathroom. This was something that has never happened to me while traveling, and I was especially nervous because this was the day we were leaving for Paris. We had a train ride planned that was headed straight for Paris, but I could barely get out of bed! There was no choice but to think of other options, possibly to stay another night in London. I was not about to ruin this trip for my entire family though. I was the only one who had been to Paris previously, so my family was very excited to see the city. With that in mind, I forced myself out of bed and into a taxi to get onto that freaking train to Paris.
I tried to sleep on the train to Paris and by the grace of God, we made it! Our first day in the city, we spent the morning simply walking around the Eiffel Tower and taking in the stunning architecture of Paris. It really does have some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen with the most gorgeous European detailing. Unfortunately, in the evening of that day, sickness hit me again (or it never went away in the first place). I began having horrible traveller’s sickness which the next day turned into awful stomach cramps. Normally, I’d just stick it out and get past the pain, but at this point my family was getting quite worried. Personally I was hoping this wasn’t something awful like a parasite.
Long story short, after taking a few Imodium caplets and TONS of Pepto Bismol, we asked the hotel if there was a doctor available. They were very kind (even through the language barrier) and called a doctor who came straight to our hotel room. We don’t have doctors that make house calls in America, so this was very strange (and extremely convenient) for us. In the end, the doctor said I would be alright even though I would get severe stomach cramps after eating anything. He prescribed a couple medicines and even gave us great advice about exploring Paris. I actually quite enjoyed his visit even under the circumstances, especially because he brought positive news.
I gradually was able to get back on my feet, even though I was very sad I had wasted a day in a half laying in bed. But I was very grateful to be feeling better at all, so our trip went on with lots of exploring and visiting the Louvre. The reason I bring this whole story up is because things don’t always go as you plan. Even when things go wrong, I try to put things into perspective and through all of it, I felt so blessed to travel to two unforgettable cities. And even though it may be uncomfortable to talk about topics like traveler’s sickness or stomach bugs, it happens to each and every one of us. We’re all human and sometimes these things happen. All you can do is try to get healthy as soon as possible and move on to your fun activities! This is one reason I love my platform here on WordPress. Life happens and I’m happy to share these experiences with you guys because they are raw and real. This trip was such a blessing and I love that I got to share my favorite places with my family. I’ll stop rambling now, but I hope you guys enjoyed or learned something from this little experience of mine. Remember, bad things will always happen, but recognizing the good in everything is what matters most.
Photos of my travels coming soon!!