It’s still three more days until I get to see Athena and if you’ve been following my posts you know that I’m not taking it very well. Rather than moping around Innsbruck, I’ve decided to indulge in many of the things that I don’t often have time for as a toddler’s mother and Innsbruck’s only 5-star hotel, The Grand Hotel Europa is the ideal starting point for my indulgence.
After traveling around Europe for the last two weeks, I’ve been getting tired more quickly during the day so I decided to take a break and relax in the comfy linens on my king bed. I pulled out one of the Mozart CDs that I bought and turned it on. That’s how I spend an hour. I did absolutely nothing. I didn’t write; I didn’t work; I didn’t worry. I let myself listen to the music.
In the bathroom, I noticed robes, slippers, luxurious bath soaps, and a rainshower head. I took a long, hot shower, something that is often forgotten about by toddler mothers.
I took my time. Then, blow-dried my hair and curled it with the curling iron. I haven’t done that since before Athena was born. Between resting, the shower, drying and curling my hair, and getting dressed, it took me almost 2 hours to get ready.
Now, I’m going to dinner at Europa Stuberl, the hotels top-class restaurant. I’m going to order a local dish and have a few glasses of wine.
I miss Athena. It’s so difficult traveling without her that I don’t go a day without crying, but I have been given this unbelievable, dream-like opportunity to explore a country that has been on my list since I was seven years old and I want to live it. Today was a day to rejuvenate and tomorrow is a day to explore.
If you have been to Innsbruck yet, just wait until you see the natural, raw beauty here. I’ll take you along tomorrow. Tonight is for me.