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Update

Sorry!

Hi Everyone.
I'm sorry that it has been so long since a post. This one will not be long either. I've been too focused on controlling my body and making it to the next restroom. I honestly have no desire to write anything as we are sick all day everyday. I think we have some native bug and nothing we know is helping. We made it from Lauterbrunnen to Vicenza, Italy today just barely. It's not the way I want to travel running to the bathroom every hour or less. I fear this will last until we get home as no remedies are working. Just more rest and missing out on things.

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Came to Geneva to be Sick

Ugh

Well today, which is not really today, but actually tomorrow, because today I am too sick to write. Let me give you a breakdown of how our day went.

Shivers for a few hours followed by breaking fevers that would make us sweat, repeat. During this time, on the toilet at least once an hour. By the evening not only was Casey sitting on the toilet, but also praying to it, if you catch my meaning.

We have eaten nothing. Can barely drink water, and are in complete and utter misery.

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I'm Sick of Paris

Get me out of here.

An early rise to say goodbye to Nico, and we now have no idea what we are going to do next. We figured we would brave the language barrier one last time and have crepes for breakfast. My apprehension is high because our time spent interacting with the French has been tough. I get a sense of distaste from the people here if we mess up our French or sound too American. I personally have had someone laugh at me when attempting to communicate. So needless to say, I don't really want to brave the crepe store. I do it anyway to stretch myself. We walk in and get a bonjour from the shop keeper. As Casey attempts to say that he doesn't speak French, in French, a woman bursts out laughing, and shop keeper immediately becomes aloof. We had a similar situation when we were running to catch the metro and we barely made it through the doors before they closed. I wiped my brow and said whew! Every eye was on us when I did that, but they all looked like we had just yelled in a library. I've had enough stares and whispers of "American". As soon as we left the shop, Casey said, "Let's get out of here." I can't put in to words how eager I am to get away from the French. So even though we have no idea where we are going to end up or sleep, we hope on the trains and head toward Switzerland.

We are finally away from the French and in Switzerland. People already are much friendlier. Now listen, I know that maybe my perception of the French could be clouding my vision, making me see what I want to see. But I was excited when we got to Paris to be with the people. I think my perception is accurate. Regardless, I have a bad taste in my mouth. We've been on the train barely five minutes in Switzerland and already there are ruined castles on the tops of hills and mountains. The first high point in the first real downer day of our vacation. On the train Casey was sitting separate from me and made friends with a Hungarian girl named Marta. She lives in Geneva. We decided to head to Geneva because a friend of ours had told us that he knows people there. We couldn't get internet so I was unable to talk with those people. Marta to the rescue. After talking to us for the entire 3 hour train ride, she personally took us to the hostels in town until we had a place to stay. Yay for faith in people! I'm starting to get the chills and have had a headache all day, so it was nice to find a place to sleep. Unfortunately, after the highlights of the castles and Marta, the worst day of our travels got worse. I was awake every half an hour with a fever and a debilitating stomach ache. Oh boy.

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Paris 3rd Day

Louvre

overcast

10am! Ugh! Another late start to the day. I keep trying to keep the perspective that we need the rest. Casey wanted to walk around and find a sit down place for crepes. I find myself not wanting to interact with the French in that way. I don't like not being able to communicate and I feel silly speaking French. It doesn't help that the French also make you feel silly when you try to speak it. We ended up not finding a place and instead had another picnic lunch. I don't know if many people know this, but the Louvre has a court yard with a fountain that is separate from the famous glass pyramids. We had lunch on that fountain. We then made our way into the Louvre's famous glass pyramid entrance. The Louvre is massive. I heard that if you were to take the time to read every single display description, it would take you 2 years. We saw all sorts of things from mummies to suits of armor. Statues to the Mona Lisa. We walked around for three hours just seeing the coolest things. The price we paid though, is sore feet. After the Louvre we finally found patches for our bags, then took the Metro home. Nico had to work very late, so we just rested. When he did come in, he managed to make us laugh, and then head to bed.

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Paris Second Day

Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower

all seasons in one day 58 °F

Good morning Paris. Nico kept us late so we didn't get out of bed until . Showers and a quick breakfast and we hit the mean streets. Yesterday was 72 degrees and gorgeous. Today is 58 degrees amd windy. Not a fun combination. Our goal for today is to see Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. From Nico's flat, it is a 30 minute walk to Notre Dame. I first got the bug to see this cathedral in the 6th grade. We had a group project to build a model of Notre öDame and do a presentation. I thought it was so cool! On the way there we saw probably 30 jewelry shops and just as many hand bag stores; all on the same street! I think maybe it would be better to be a girl in Paris. The cathedral is much more crowded by the surrounding buildings than I expected. It doesn't dimish the magnificance of the building though. The ornate and intricate carvings all over are honestly mind blowing. How in the world did they think doing all that was a good idea? Looks like a nightmare project to me. No wonder it took so long. But it truly is very cool and you really need to take it in with your own eyes.

Walking down the streets to the Eiffel Tower, I soon realized that nearly every building is picture worthy. There are statues and carvings and cool designs everywhere. Every block had some cool building or monument. The cold wind was definitely hampering our enjoyment, so we hurried on towards the tower. My first impression was that the tower is much bigger in person than I thought it would be. I hate to say the following, but it's what I was feeling. I wasn't particularly impacted by the tower emotionally as nearly everything in Ireland had impacted me. That being said, it was still really cool. By now Casey and I ha w alked 10 miles. Days and days of walking really had caught up to us now. We took several pictures and then found the Metro back to Nico's. For lunch we did something fun. We each got a baguette, cheese, and a drink and sat along the St. Mark's Canal. The su decided to be out and warm our bones. A very pleasant picnic. Paris has partly been our city of rest. We came back to the flat and had a video call withour parents, which was great, and then we crashed out for two hours. After we woke, Nico came home with quiche. He had had a long day, but not so long that he refrained from a discussion on the differences of approaching women in our respective countries. He said it seems easy for Americans to approach girls, but in France it is much more difficult. After talking more, I determined it to be a fairly similar situation in both countries. Good guys have a hard time approaching girls and bad guys give us all a bad name.

Nico took us on a little night tour of Paris in his car which was great. We went to the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. It sits on a hill in overlooking the city. Paris by day is nice, Paris by night is spectacular. From there we watched the Eiffel Tower do its dazzling light show. 80,000 lights all over the tower flash for five minutes. It makes the whole thing shimmer. It's really pretty. He drove us from there down the Champs Elyees and the Arc De Triumph. (spelling?) Finally we made it back home at 1am. Nico kept us up late until 2 again! Tomorrow is the Louvre.

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