May 29, 2011


One of the HUGE benefits of my life with Brilliant Husband is the ability to travel with him to wonderful locations and stay in some of the nicest hotels.

A week ago, we were in Geneva for a conference in which he was a keynote speaker. We stayed at the amazingly gorgeous Hotel Kempinski located along the shoreline of Lake Geneva. The picture above was snapped on the balcony where we had breakfast each day.

The downside to this wonderful perk is that I am a terrible traveler. When we cross time zones, I spend days in bed sleeping off jet lag. I catch every germ that passes through the recycled air of the plane. My stomach goes into crisis with any change from routine, and digestion comes to a standstill. NOT the best way to see the world!

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed my blog for some time to hear that I spent the day, afternoon and evening our our 5th wedding anniversary lying in bed in a coma-like state. Our plans for a romantic anniversary dinner went out the window when it became apparent that I was too woozy to stand up and get to the shower at 5 PM.

Fast forward to the next morning when I found myself wide awake at 6 AM. I quietly got dressed and went outside to explore.

Walking along the path along the lake, I watched the sunrise over the mountains. It was magical. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the most beautiful white swan come into view, swimming towards me.

That morning, I was fully awake, and it was perfect.


  1. I'm so sorry that you missed your romantic evening! But what a lovely morning experience! I find after I've been sick, I feel much like a sponge, just searching for a mess of beauty to soak up. Thank you for sharing your little mission of exploration. I think I'll go for a walk this fine morning! Cheers to you, and happy belated 5th anniversary!

  2. That morning sounds beautiful! I'm so sorry that traveling messes you up so much, though! What a pain! I have a friend who swears by medicating yourself to sleep on the plane to reset your body to the new time zone and then forcing yourself to be entirely awake the first full day that you're at the new place. I have yet to try this, but that wouldn't help with the general disorientation/stomach issues anyway :( Your balcony is beautiful, nonetheless! :) Happy Anniversary!