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Report 926: My Dream Trip To Italy and France

By BGE from Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada, Spring 2005

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Page 28 of 38: I Slept, Slept, Slept...

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Delicious food from the neighbourhood markets...

Today is a holiday… Labor Day, I think. The Franprix is closed, so I do a little mid-morning shopping at the local merchants for my fresh fruits and veggies, some cheese and a baguette. The patisserie next door is excellent, and I also buy a small pastry and another sweet, fresh brioche.

I walk all the way to Rue Lepic, and it is hot and humid again today. I am searching for a better internet café, and the guy at the Holiday Inn next door to my apartment building recommends one in the Rue Lepic area.

Finding the place and then seeing that it is surrounded by strip-clubs, peep-shows, garbage in the gutters and totally creepy people, I turn on my heel and walk all the way home, without even going inside to check it out.

I stop in again at the Holiday Inn next to my apartment and ask the woman at the front desk if she knows of any other internet spots that I can use. She tells me that there is one, right here in the lobby of this hotel. Cool! At least it is clean, creep-free and close to home.

It is also 6E for 30 minutes.

It also has no English keyboard.

It also has no table for the non-English keyboard.

And, no chair to sit on.

I balance the keyboard on my lap, sitting on the floor in front of the computer.

I send one e-mail to Lorenzo in Florence, asking him for advice regarding the theft from my luggage. That e-mail takes the full 30 minutes. One e-mail takes 30 minutes to write and send? That'd be too funny, except I have no sense of humour left now, and I'm hot, headache-y, tired. I'm frustrated because it is so difficult for me to find a good internet place here. I think I'd better head for home. I feel like a wounded bird, looking for a safe place to hide.

By the time I am inside my apartment, I am totally soaking wet from the humidity and heat outside, so a cool shower and a nap are next in line for me.

I think I must have a bit of heatstroke...

I am really, really headache-y, feeling nauseous, I'm freezing cold one minute and then hot, hot, HOT the next. I know enough to hydrate myself, so I get a tall glass of water and drink it and then I drink a second glassful for good measure. I crawl into my bed, pull the covers over my head and sleep for well over 3 hours.

After my nap, I’m still feeling really ill. The headache is worse, so I eat a small salad, some cheese and baguette and then go back to bed. I take a Motrin, pull the covers over my head again. I'm hoping to find darkness under these covers, for in darkness there is relief from the migraine. I sleep for several hours.

When I finally wake up, it is really late in the evening. I have less of a headache now, so I make a small meal of cheese, raw veggies, fresh brioche and some yoghurt and fruit. A huge mug of lemon and camomile tea, hot and steaming and fragrant with extra lemon slices seems to bring my spirits up a little. I finish that and immediately make a second mugful... I'm so totally dehydrated!

It really sucks to waste a whole day searching for an internet place, making myself sick from the heat and humidity in the process, and then sleeping the rest of the day away.

This day has been all about taking care of myself... sleeping, sleeping and sleeping some more.

Best Things Today:

~ my comfortable bed and the constant sleep

~ the delicious food from the local shops that I have stashed away in my kitchen... it is a saving grace for me today, and each time I wake up, there is nourishing food to fill my tummy and help me feel better

Worst Things Today:

~ feeling like I've wasted my entire day... it's hard to take care of myself when I'm busy beating myself up about this.

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