Good morning beautiful humans, Happy Sunday! Thank you for spending part of your morning with me or evening depending on where you are in the world. Welcome to Life with Lane, my life through words, pictures, and food!
I’ve been quite busy these past few weeks and I have experienced so much in such a short period of time. I always like to share my experiences and my thoughts. I hope to inspire and give insight to things that people may not understand or agree with. Sometimes I simply just like to write, lol! I’ve been writing since I was little so this is what I do.
I was in Europe for 15 wonderful days and it was the experience of a lifetime. I had so so much fun, but it was exhausting as vacations usually are. I needed a week of recovery when got back. I didn’t really have jetlag while I was there, but it caught up with me once I got back. I ignored it the first two days because I had so much to do and catch up on. Also, Game of Thrones returned back to the screen the day after I arrived. So, of course I had to prepare myself for that, lol!
As I said before, I was sure when I got back my sweet little dog, Onyx, would be upset with me for leaving him behind for 16 days. I was wrong, I got uncontrollable nub wags, kisses, and hugs for a good 10 minutes! I was happy he didn’t think he belonged to my sister, lol! He ran to me when I picked him up at her house. He gained a few pounds, but he needed to. He lost a few when he was sick and from not eating when Dusty passed away.
My vacation was exactly what I needed. As you know, before I left when I thought of Dusty I cried or was close to crying. Now, when I see pictures of him it makes me smile. I only remember the great times we had together and how happy he was. If there are tears, they are tears of happiness! My Dusty was just a ball of happiness and love and it was a blessing having him for 13 years.
What my trip taught me was that investing in learning other languages would be a great investment. So, now I have been inspired to learn Spanish and maybe Mandarin. I’m going to learn Spanish first and then move onto Mandarin. They say knowing Mandarin is excellent for your resume and can get you amazing paying jobs.
I also learned that when you go to restaurants in Paris, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany, they do not automatically bring water to the table. They don’t even drink still water as we call it, I guess. They only drink sparkling water and the water is not free there.
There was little to no accommodations for handicap people. I saw handicap parking spaces but once you get inside of the restaurant or theater or whatever there is no room for wheelchairs, walkers, and there are no ramps. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see any people in wheelchairs at all. Keep that in mind if you plan to travel there.
Switzerland has Swiss Francs (I think that’s how you spell that) and they can’t be used in other countries. It’s very important to know the foreign exchange rate. I wasn’t aware of this and thought I could use euros in Switzerland. Now I know, so haha!
One last thing before I sign of, the time difference in France, Switzerland, and Germany were all different. I think Paris was 5 hours. Switzerland was 7 hours and I think Germany was 6 hours. I don’t remember which was which but I do know the time was different in each country. Wasn’t that hard to adjust to but it learned something new.
Oh, and as a funny side note, I saw about 4 black people in Switzerland. One Black person in Germany. I got stared at everywhere I went. Children didn’t look away though, lol! Plenty of Black Frenchman though……..French people are not rude by the way, but they were in a hurry!
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