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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!

Vienna in 6 Photos via Wayfaring With WagnerI 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!)

Vienna in 6 Photos via Wayfaring With Wagner
Vienna in 6 Photos via Wayfaring With WagnerI wish I could have fully appreciated the beauty of Vienna because look at these building and the gorgeous architecture?! Don’t worry Vienna, I’m coming back for you in the near future!!!

Vienna in 6 Photos via Wayfaring With WagnerI 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!).

Vienna in 6 Photos via Wayfaring With WagnerThanks 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!


  1. So sorry to hear that you were sick on your first trip to Vienna! I can’t wait to see even more photos when you finally get to go and actually see the city!

    I’ve never been sick in a foreign country – at least not sick enough to need a doctor – but it’s good to know that the embassy is looking out for travelers.

  2. Oh, I’m so sorry! The Prince is so cute! Maybe you and he can go to Vienna on your honeymoon. Hope you are well now and will keep the blogs coming. Love, Jo

  3. There is something about Vienna, Jordan! Miha got extremely sick during our time there too! We went for the weekend to get some paperwork (back when we were getting married). The first day he was fine, but on Sunday he basically collapsed and had all the same symptoms as you. Is there something in the water?!!

  4. The worst! My best friend came down with pneumonia and bronchitis for four days when we were in London and it sounded exactly like your experience… she was bedridden, only had enough energy for a shower here and there, ate and drank practically nothing. Her mom and I on the other hand hung out in all the nooks and crannies of London… we felt terrible for her!

  5. Sorry to hear you were too ill to enjoy the city properly :( being sick in a foreign country sucks! I was sick in London, where I speak the language, and I was still confused about the process of seeing a doctor.

  6. Beautiful pictures! Such a bummer that you were sick the whole time :( I’ve been fortunate to be in good health (minus maybe a little sore throat) on my travels. Great to know that there’s a list of doctors to refer to if you’re out of country! I wouldn’t know where to begin otherwise!

  7. I totally understand this. My prince and I took that same train route and by the time we got to Vienna we took one picture of Vienna and slept for 12 hours.

    Also, so sad for my Mark, London was our very first city stop, and his immune system managed for a day, but he was in bed sick for the remaining four days we stayed in London. :( I hope you get to have a return to Vienna sooner than later.

  8. So sorry to hear that you got sick while you were in Vienna, but glad that you enjoyed the rest of your trip! I hope you get to visit again!
    My parents just got back from Bratislava and they actually took an overnight trip to Vienna while they were there. It sounds absolutely amazing! They both do!

    xo April | April Everyday

  9. Sorry to hear that you were sick on your trip! It happens to all of us at least once in our lives.

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