Now I'm going to tell you the; What an adventure! side of the story.
Well I woke this morning at 5:40 am to catch my 6:43 am train to Lyon (then Lyon to Geneva).
Running down my street at 6:20 am I had a sinking feeling that the metro I was about to catch wouldn't get me to the train station on time.
My gut was right. So after missing my train and then rescheduling for 8 am (to Paris then Geneva) I was tired and cranky.
When I got to Gare de Lyon in Paris I took myself off for a lovely cup of tea and a few macaroons.... and the beautiful elixer and sugary-bliss restored my happiness.
Then boom! Another glitch.
A few minutes before getting on my train for Geneva I looked down at my ticket. In the section where my seat number should've been printed it read "Place selon disponibilite". What the what!?
With a few minutes to clarify I went to the info box and asked the man if it really said what I thought it said...
Yes. It said seat available if any free - so basically I was standing with the bags until a seat came up.
I was annoyed, but for some reason just so grateful to be on the train to Switzerland that I really just thought it was funny.
So the trip was eventful - I sat with others who'd last-minute booked their tickets too, on a pull down seat near the bags for the first half and in a real seat for the last part (which was the best part - such beautiful views pulling into this country!)
Now I'm in my room, using the hotel's free wifi (bless!), having a cup of vanilla tea and some madeleines. Faith once again restored. Will be great when I meet my friend tonight.
I felt instantly better when I walked down the street and saw this breath-taking view of the Jet D'Eau.
That was the first major train I've ever missed; and I'll don't think it will ever happen again.
What's the biggest mess-up you've had on a trip? With a little perspective were you able to laugh?
I already am! What an up and down day!