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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 29 of 38: My Vacation's Nearly Over!

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Lemon water for my dehydration

I only have one more whole day left in Paris! I cannot believe how fast this time has gone. Iím really angry that the theft has upset me so muchÖit has interfered with my enjoyment of this place and this special time with my son, because Iím also spending a lot of time figuring out what I need to do and how I need to do it. In a place where Iím not familiar with how things like this work, Iím pretty overwhelmed with all I have to do.

I find I am missing my real life, my home, my Ďstuffí, my daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren and my friends. Although Iím really happy to be here, Iím also a touch homesick, I think. Itís been aggravated by the theft and all the attendant stuff that goes with it. I'm finding it pretty intimidating to deal with all of this all at once.

Today, Iím still really migraine-y, still feeling pretty crappy and groggy from too much time in the heat yesterday. Iím going to lay low today and rest.

Another short trip next door to the Holiday Inn to use their internet access, and Iíve contacted Angie in Florence for her advice. Lorenzo has responded to my message yesterday. He suggests calling the airport in Pisa and includes the phone number. I also e-mail Cellini Gold to inform them of the missing jewellery, so they can look for replacement pieces, if possible.

Back home in my safe little apartment, I call the Canadian Consulate, I spend over an hour, waiting and waiting. I finally discover that the person I should talk to about this is away for the day. After a few other unsuccessful attempts to contact someone at the Consulate who can give me advice, I give up and make a little lunch for myself.

I meet my son at the Louvre later in the day. We walk miles it seems, looking for a restaurant in this heat, and it really takes a toll on me. My migraine is returning, I just want to go home. I eat fast and I'm ready to go back to the apartment.

As I get on the bus, my tears come again.

All the way back to my apartment on the bus, and for an hour after I get home, I cry. I am SO angry at the creeps who took my stuff. That act of robbery has invaded my life and made this supposed-to-be-perfect time in Paris a long, drawn-out ordeal, the last few days.

Later on that evening when I check my e-mail, Angie has written, telling me that Florence is roasting today, and sheís happy for me that Iím not there! She also tells me about some art thefts that have happened much the same way as my jewellry theft... seems that there is a problem in the luggage handling department in Pisa airport. On the way home from the Holiday Inn, as I enter my apartment building courtyard, Iím extremely grateful for the cool quiet of this place.

I now realize that Iíve had no time to process this thingÖ having my belongings smashed and stolen has been pretty scary for me, and Iíve not taken the time to talk it out with anyone. Iíve been trying to force myself to "get on with it", ďenjoyĒ my time in Paris, put it all behind me and be happy.

Actually, what I should have done was sit down and talk about this with my son when it first happened, instead of forcing myself to get up and go on every day as if nothing had happened. In my real life I know better than this, but here I seem to have forgotten what I know to do to care for myself instinctively at home.

Itís Monday evening and I only have one more whole day here and then I have to go home. My much-anticipated week in Paris with my son has been more of a heartache than a pleasure. Iím feeling really badly because Iíve been so upset and shaken by this. It feels like I should have been able to "be happy" but that has not been possible, for whatever reason.

Best Things Today:

~ the coolness of my apartment, in the heat of this day.

Worst Things Today:

~ the frustration of not getting anywhere with reporting this theft. The thing is, I donít know what the procedure is for reporting this and I don't know what I'm supposed to do about it.

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