Bonjour mes amies!
Day 12 came and went quick. We started to hit a wall. We have been going non stop really, packing up and traveling every couple of days, adjusting to a new environment to sleep in, walking a ton (averaging around 7 miles a day), our bodies were starting to feel it.
We had to check out of our amazing hotel and move to another about 40 minutes away and we had do laundry. So we packed up - we're getting really good at this part, walked to the train station and made our way to the next hotel. We grabbed a quick petit dejeuner - or breakfast - and checked in. They were so nice and gave us a free upgrade with a kitchenette! We dropped our bags and decided to take the rest of the day to just chill.
We enjoyed hot showers, and a nice long nap. And you know what? The laundry can wait until tomorrow. We ordered UberEats, got in pajamas and ate in bed, with the shades drawn and streamed Netflix until bedtime. The busy city outside our window.
Normally I would feel really guilty about being somewhere like PARIS FOR GOD'S SAKE!! and taking a day off, but you know what? I didn't. And frankly I'm proud of myself for letting go of that guilt, the "shouldn't I be exploring the city, eating a croissant at at café right now while looking at amazing paintings and sporting my red beret?" I'm sure the train is wondering where the heck we are because it's been a couple hours and we haven't even bought a ticket yet!
Nope. Sure, it crossed my mind because that's the kind of person I am, but I acknowledged the thought and sent it on it's way. We deserve to take time for ourselves, to nourish our bodies, spirit and mental health - even on an explorative vacation. So that was our day, and again I am so proud of myself, because growth is happening. And I don't know how it happened, but it did. And that is what this trip is really about.
It's about exploring the world, learning new things and growing into the woman I am destined to be.
So here's to day 12, and showing up by not showing up.