You might be asking yourself, why only 6 pictures of Vienna? Because I literally only took 6 pictures in Vienna! Isn’t being sick while traveling the best?! I should preface this by stating that my THREE previous trips to Vienna either were canceled or fell through due to expensive prices, events canceled, and visa issues so I kept joking that I would never see Vienna. Well, that still holds true because I spent the entire 4 days in bed!
The most ironic part? I took a 10-day trip with my sister to Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna with the Prince flying into Vienna to meet us. I was totally fine for our 4 days in Budapest and day in Bratislava. However, on the 1-hour train ride from Bratislava to Vienna I turned to my sister and said, “Loren, I really don’t feel well.” She later told me that it was one of those times when just looking at my face she could tell I was REALLY sick and not just saying it.
That evening, and for the next 3 days, it was an endless cycle of spike a high fever (like 101+ F or 39+ C), take ibuprofen, take a shower to break the fever, sleep, wake up drenched in sweat due to breaking the fever, sleep, wake up with a high fever and shivering…and repeat…for 4 DAYS! I finally went to a doctor in Vienna and final diagnosis? Strep throat plus an upper respiratory infection. Poor Prince, I probably woke him up at least twice a night. He felt so bad for me that he even watched chick flicks with me. Amazingly, the Prince and my sister never got sick!
***I should note that I’m the Strep Throat Queen and used to get it like 3-6 times a year as a child. Yet doctors still never took out my tonsils!
I have to thank my sister for entertaining the Prince in Vienna the entire time while I stayed in bed and slept. Also Prince (I know you’re reading this), I’ll never forgive you for not coming to the doctor with me…just kidddddingggg! ;) Although it was pretty sad seeing you and my sister standing on the curb while I drove away in a taxi to the doctor. (Note: He asked a dozen times whether he should come and I told him to go enjoy the city!)
I got out of bed for about 30 minutes to run to the Vienna Parliament building because the Prince and I have a goal of visiting all of the EU Parliament buildings! 3 down and only about 30 more to go (including regional Parliaments!).
Thanks Vienna for these gorgeous 6 photos and pretend memories in my head. And thanks to my sister and the Prince for sending me excessive amounts of selfies to cheer me up while I was sick in bed. Don’t worry Vienna, I’m coming for you again and will be sickness-free this time! Because YOLO, 5th time is definitely going to be the charm!
Hint: If sick in a foreign country, check your Embassy’s website for a list of local doctors that speak your language. The US Embassy in Austria had a GREAT list! While I can speak German, I didn’t feel confident enough to explain my symptoms in German…and honestly, was too lazy to try!