This is “My Mental Clarity Trip to Europe 2 of 3”. In part 1, which you can find here, I concluded my stop in Turkey. After traveling for couple days, I landed in Geneva, Switzerland. My beautiful cousin, who is a Swiss citizen, greeted me at the airport with Rose wine and two glasses to toast my arrival.
My cousin is my partner in crime. We always have fun together and she never judges anyone. My social life was severely lacking. Especially since I lost all my friendships, when I was hospitalized. All that was forgotten once I met up with my cousin.
She laid out a full plan for us to do activities everyday. My first night was spent in Geneva. It was such a beautiful city. We had an adventurous evening looking for one particular item that no store sold. Then we took the train to Lausanne, Switzerland, where my cousin lives.
Lausanne has a lot of hills and high stairs. We spent many days exploring Lausanne’s shops, meeting up with my cousin’s friends and eating tasty Swiss food. My cousin’s friend gave me a welcome present of Swiss chocolate. I enjoyed it when I returned to the US.
My cousin got us plan tickets to Nice, France with a nice Air BnB in Cannes for 4 days, 3 nights. The goal was to go to the beach since Switzerland has no beaches. We successfully made it to the beach two days in a row. The second day, we went to a private beach where we had chairs, umbrellas and beach side food service.
One of the mornings, while I was in France, I went off on my own to explore, while my cousin slept. I bought her couple little gifts and shopped a little for myself. I went to a restaurant that specializes in crepes.
I had my coffee with crepes while people watching. I felt a rush of gratitude in my heart. Let’s be honest, not everyone have a mental breakdown, recover and go spend time in Europe for emotional therapy. I had that opportunity and was blessed financially to enjoy my trip without guilt. I realized at that table I could live my life on my own terms. I just needed to always practice being present in the moment. As I sat there watching families walk past antique vendor arts that lined the streets of Cannes, I couldn’t help but wonder how would life be if I moved to Europe? Life seemed more exciting and relaxed. People seemed to genuinely enjoy their moments. I don’t know, maybe it’s because they were tourists or maybe life is just less fast paced there.
I sat there, smiling, sipping, watching and enjoying.