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After a day spent wandering through the weekend market, eating our fair share of breads and cheeses, this was the perfect way to cure our jet lagged selves. Switzerland continues to leave us with blank stares and zero words, it almost feels fake. Tomorrow we head to Zermatt and would love any recommendations you may have! 🇨🇭
We walked through vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva, danced in rainstorms listening to 1920's French music & found ourselves at the chefs table at a Michelin star restaurant in a tiny little town that we can't pronounce laughing until our stomachs hurt because Switzerland is pretty darn expensive and the courses of food kept on coming. Basically today was the best way to start our little trek around Europe. Our souls are full. Thanks @gobudget for getting us out on the open road through Switzerland, we can't wait to see what the next couple of days have in store for us.
It's an odd occasion if we ever go anywhere and Aspen isn't along for the ride. We'd rather drive 48 hours so we can bring him, than fly 4 and leave him behind; sleep in our tent in a random campsite as opposed to a warm bed in a hotel. It's totally worth it. Thankful for all these memories.
To be honest I don't even like to think about where we were at personally last July 4th. We had just made the move from Denver to Austin and were missing our closest friends like crazy. We we're filled with such intense anxiety and fear that we had just made the wrong decision to leave Denver behind and move back to Austin where we had no community and it was 100+ degrees outside. We were miserable and lonely and nearly packed up all our things and drove back..no joke. Last night we were filled with such thankfulness as we stood on this bridge surrounded by good people to watch the fireworks go off over Austin. To think of all this past year has brought our way is overwhelming to say the least. It's still 100+ degrees outside and we miss having the mountains at our back door, but we have people to endure it with and it honestly makes all the difference. Sarah and I are thankful for the sweet reminder of the gift of community last night✌🏻
Soaking in these summer days with our favorite mountain pup. We're beyond thankful for cold rivers to swim in when the temps hit the triple digits. I'm not going to lie though, the thought of leaving Aspen behind for a few weeks while we take off to Italy puts my stomach in a knot (don't worry, he'll be taken great care of), it seriously sucks though that there seems to be zero way to fly with your pup in a safe and honest way unless he's the size of a purse...which Aspen is definitely not. Any help for future trips would be super helpful; we don't care to cheat any systems or cut any corners, we're just wanting to get this pup to far away lands in a way that doesn't seem foolish.
I'm so thankful to live in a place where being on vacation can happen 30 minutes from our front door. Learning how to slow down this summer has been beyond good for this tribes soul. We've read more, swam more and been quiet more than any other time I can think of. That's not to say things haven't been busy, because they certainly have; but giving yourself the freedom to rest is something you can only give yourself. We live in a culture that says busy is better and I honestly think that is hardly ever the case. So here's to walking through a garden of rosemary, lavender and sage with a glass of wine in hand alongside my 2 favorites.
Do I really want to get to the end of my day, week or even my life and think that my days consisted of only doing what others considered "practical" or even "responsible." Nope. The reality is, we get to define what those words really mean to us. My practical could quite possibly be vastly different than your practical and vice versa and that's ok. Leaping off a flight of stairs into the stormy Mediterranean ✔️
In just a few short weeks we'll be unpacking our bags and calling Italy home for a little while. While we know it won't always be as fine as sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast, it might as well be in our opinion. There's a quality and pace of life there that is so inspiring to both Sarah and Me, and we honestly cannot wait to immerse ourselves in it. If you're anything like the two of us, you probably learn best by experiencing things. For us, we don't just want to be dreamers thinking all day about what it would be like to do (x), we want to take risks and simply experience it...by doing it. That's what has taken us to Iceland for 3 months in the peak of winter or the Sahara of Morocco in the peak of summer, we learn best by doing, that's been our story. We seriously can't wait for family meals among olive trees, glasses of wine overlooking vineyards and too many cups of coffee from a Bialetti each morning. Ciao Italia, we're looking forward to getting to know you 🇮🇹
Mornings out on the lake are quickly becoming one of my favorite things of the summer, especially with these two! I wish you could have seen the first couple of minutes when Aspen was still trying to figure out how he was floating on water...classic. Thank you @lakeaustinspa for such a restful trip.
So thankful for a few days to turn off our phones, put away our computers and focus together on the gift that these last 4 years of marriage has been, and unapologetically dream of what we desire the next 40 to look like. Thank you @lakeaustinspa for opening up your doors to us, we can't wait to return! Happy Anniversary Mi Amor!
A few peaceful minutes with the tribe before the entire sky of Austin turned blacker than I've ever seen. The storms here lately have been wild; it reminds me of the days we would get chased down a mountainside in the Rockies when a storm out of nowhere would show its face and force us to drive back home to Denver. I miss those days, not that they were the "good ol' days," rather just fond memories I wouldn't mind re-living again soon.
The sun baked mountains of Morocco are seriously something to marvel at; there is seriously nothing like coming home to a pot of mint tea after a morning spent exploring this landscape. There are certain places for each of us that we are constantly drawn back too year after year, this place is of the foremost of them for us. 🇲🇦
Gelato on the coast of Italy 👌🏼Sarah and I will be in Florence for a few weeks starting at the end of July and are in search of a place to stay. We typically don't do this but figured, eh why not? If any of you know of an apartment or house in the hills of Tuscany we could rent or have any connections in the city of Florence please let us know!
Also, we're looking to rent our cozy casa in Austin for a month while we are gone, if you are looking for a month rental this summer or know of someone who is, send us a message!
I can remember sitting on this canoe a few months ago with Sarah and our good friend Anton during his trip to Austin, talking about things like Topo Chico & breakfast tacos and dreaming with Anton about the day he would open a coffee shop in his hometown back in Iceland.
Fast forward to today, and we just got done Face Timing with him, in his recently opened coffee shop, and it's got us scrambling to buy tickets to get back asap!
I'm sure many of you will find yourself in Iceland this year and if so, do yourself a favor and make a stop in the town of Olafsvik out on the Snæfellsness Peninsula, and grab a coffee and some lamb soup at his cafe, @kaldilaekur_! How many coffee shops have you been too that overlook a glacier and a massive waterfall and sit near the sea? I'm just saying:) We'll see you there! ☕️