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Sometimes scents make no HEALTHY sense....

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I returned Sunday from a vacation I began on Feb. 8th...Wow...what a roller coaster ride....
I left Detroit in a record breaking snow storm...over 200 flights were cancelled...after a 3 hour delay with 3 attempts to take began....

We arrived in Barcelona for 2 days before boarding our cruise ship for 10 exciting days ahead followed by a returning extra day in Barcelona before returning home...To arrive there we were experiencing the Amsterdam airport as a connector going there & Paris as a connector coming back. EXCITEMENT was a highlight as our LOVE & sacrifice to travel always goes hand & hand!

We arrive at our hotel in Barcelona & I notice a faint scent of perfumes in the lobby. I didn't think 2x about it, until I entered the elevator...Then again in our room....I also found that each person we encountered was SCENTED...some more than others...The next day, it was cold, windy but we weren't going to let that stop us...we headed out to explore...every where we went indoors & out...EVEN with the cold...we met with PERFUME & COLOGNE seemed the EUROPEANS were obsessed...My husband had a sore throat the next day...grew into a cold & throat infection since day 2 in Barcelona was 5 degrees & pouring rain as we were touring inside & out for 5 hours....Then he lovingly shared this with me for valentine's day, as he barked his affections to me! emoticon A highlight in Barcelona was an authentic Flamenco Show we attended.

After arriving on our cruise ship...the FRAGRANCE factor continued....some times more POTENT than others...we found ourselves surveying the environment surroundings more THAN I ever have...Frequently traveling yearly, I have NEVER encountered this much of this issue...then again, this is our 1st European adventure....

This was our 1st TOWEL BUDDY to let us know of the time change leaving Barcelona....

More to continue I blog again about our next port adventure....

Sparkies, have you ever experienced scent sensitivity to the result of becoming sick?

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    Sandi I have had major headaches from scents and try to keep things scent free at home and work.
    1157 days ago
    Sorry about the scents, but, what a fabulous vacation!
    1164 days ago
    oh gracious sorry about the scents... nasty...
    I am good as my dil from Philippines who lived in Korea and Hong Kong always had perfumes ... and still loves them...
    sorry for you and hubby though...
    1165 days ago
    Oh my! We were in Barcelona in 2009 and I don't recall it being an issue, however it was summertime and much of our time was spent outdoors. We also took a cruise, and it was not an issue on our boat either - however, they did allow smoking on the boat decks and belconies and that was a bit annoying to this non smoker. Love your towel buddy! What cruise line did you cruise with?
    1165 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    that seems to be a growing problem everywhere these days..............
    1165 days ago
    Sorry the scent thing was so bad. I know I would not have liked it.

    I sure give you credit, I do not know how a person would pack to travel where it is both cold and hot.

    Hugs Mary
    1165 days ago
    I miss out on a lot of scents due to my oddly perpetual stuffy nose.........not worth getting medical help for it, really, since it doesn't significantly impact my health and everyday function.........just a strange individual body "quirk".........but your story sure had me shaking my head in wonder about Europeans - is there *no* issue with scent sensitivity in that area of the world? Sure seems to be more problematic in the US (over the past few years, anyhow)......
    1165 days ago
    That towel buddy is exquisite. Hope that you both got over your colds fairly quickly!
    1166 days ago
    I do because if I'm sick, perfumes give me a terrible headache. As if I didn't feel bad enough already!
    1166 days ago
    Not to that extent, but I do know there are many issues around fragrances. I'm told that wearing perfume is banned in Berkeley, CA for that reason. Sounds like your vacay was a mixed bag. Welcome home.
    1166 days ago
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