Toulouse: A Series of Unfortunate Events
On my last days in Bordeaux, I convinced Iris to visit Toulouse before I flew back to Switzerland for our company’s annual ski weekend. Everything was good until the morning we took our train to the city. I woke up not feeling well but still decided to push the plan.
I was able to take a nap on the train and felt better when we arrived in Toulouse. We only covered a fraction of Toulouse but what took my attention were the buildings in the center painted with shades of pink (unfortunately I was not able to take pictures of it). After walking around the city for two hours on a freezing and rainy day with only one umbrella, it was where bad turned into worse. A simple headache snowballed into a week-long fever. We could have spent our extra time exploring the city but we had to cut it and went back home.
We had to throw away our return ticket and bought an earlier departure time. I knew that making it to the ski weekend was impossible when we arrived home with 39°C body temperature. Aside from missing the ski weekend, I needed to book another ticket to Geneva and canceled my original ticket. I was still weak but thought I was already good to fly to Switzerland. However, two days before my flight, Iris got sick. I can’t leave her alone so I have to reschedule my ticket. Imagine how much money were already wasted. >.<
I was still recovering when I arrived in Lausanne making me unfit to join the weekend hike with my colleagues. If only I listened to my body before I got sick, I could have seen a cloud soup sprinkled with Swiss Alps. 🙁
But everything was still fine since I met with Iris and her friend in Lausanne and Geneva on that weekend. However, I learned two big lessons here. Avoid instant gratification and listen to your body. If your body says no, it’s a big NO. …^_^…