Monday, June 21, 2010

Follow Your Feet

A few months ago, Landon was offered the opportunity to do a summer internship with one of his favorite professors studying ice cores from a glacier near the Matterhorn in Switzerland. It all happened very quickly, but we were given the option to delay his flight home, which allowed us to tour the country together for about the half the cost it would normally be. We have both been to Europe once and knew we wanted to go back together, but we had no idea it would be this soon! We have been incredibly fortunate to embark on so many adventures in just 3 years of marriage.

Landon left on May 11th, and we had to wait 3 WEEKS to see each other again. At the Zurich airport, baggage claim is inside security. There is a large Plexiglas wall between the baggage carousels and the outside world. Apparently, they thought it would be considerate to torture us further allow us to see each other sooner...

It was 9 days of pure bliss. Being together 24 hours a day, seeing whatever we wanted, hopping trains to this or that corner of Switzerland, scarfing all the chocolate we could eat, trying all 4 flavors of Magnum Bars, hiking in the alps, reminiscing about our individual trips to Europe, comparing Switzerland to other countries we've been too, and just generally soaking up the experience. 

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

Zürich \ˈzr-ik\
The wealthiest city in Europe
It rained so hard that day we felt like we were swimming!

 Landon's temporary land lady, Helen Rossler and her daughter Brigget. They took Landon into their home when his group finished their research early and he had to stay and wait for me. She is a classy lady, we had so much fun meeting her and hope to stay in touch!

Lauterbrunnen \lou´turbroonun\
The Valley of 72 Waterfalls
 A little hug for my Dad on his birthday! So awesome that we found this.

 Our hotel - this is the "college budget" room. :) 
We loved it actually, it was super nice, clean, and had a killer breakfast!

 My first experience with a real live clay tennis court! --
this is actually in Wengen, about a 10 minute train ride up the side of the mountains.

"Switzerland as it used to be."
Brienz on our way there.

 So. Much. Fun.

Lausanne \loˈzan\
Capitale Olympique

For our third anniversary, Landon gave me the second best day of my entire life. He took me here:

To return the favor, I took him here:
Chateau d'Chillon

The French city of Evian (yep, like the water) is just across Lake Geneva.

Gimmelwald \'gim el va:ld\
"If Heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald."
Trümmelbachfalle (Trummelbach Falls), on our way up the valley.

Because castles should be explored.

Bern \ˈbɛɐn\ 
Federal City (Capital) 
The Swiss bank. I'm standing on half of the country's gold reserve.
Einstein's Apartment.

Murten \ˈmoor´tun
The Swiss Alamo - but with a happy ending.
 Limestone from the Jura mountains - the origination of the Jurassic period.
 Rambling the ramparts of one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe...
 Site of the "Battle of Morat"

Avenches \AvANsh´
The origin of Helvetica. No joke.
This tiny village used to be the great city of Aventicum, the Roman capital of Helvetica.

 The Roman amphitheater ruins. 

Bahnhof \ˈbaːnhoːf
"Don't be foolish, you just follow your feet."
At 5:00 am, crazed photo faces can be excused.
Definitely an experience to remember, but hopefully not a once-in-a-lifetime one. Travel will always be important to us as we seek to understand other cultures, soak in history, and prove to ourselves that the Earth is round. That said, after wearing the same clothes for nine days, spending way too much money on food, and being cut off from the other awesome people in our lives, we're always happy to find our way home.


Jamie Blake said...

Wow, it looks like you two had such a fantastic time!!! Switzerland looks so beautiful and your pictures are great!!! Glad you had a great time and that you're home now! :)

Allyson said...

Looked like so much fun. Welcome back to the states!

Lydia Story said...

WOW wow wow! What a fun trip. Your pictures are so beautiful and you look like you are having a wonderful time together! Thanks for sharing!

CK said...

I've been looking around your blog and thoroughly enjoying the pictures!!! That rooster and chickens cracked me up!!!
Thanks for coming by Bedtime Tales!
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