Adventures in Europe | Spain + Switzerland
Those of you who know me know that I have a very wanderlust soul. I am always searching for new and exciting adventures, and travel has always been something I’ve been passionate about. Something about getting out and seeing the world around me, meeting and talking with different people, and experiencing different cultures just ignites my spirit. It makes me realize how big this world actually is and in some way it seems to always make my problems seem small and trivial by perspective. When my cute friend Haley Bateman asked me to come with her on a trip she was planning to Spain I immediately jumped all over it. Without any idea what the plan was going to be or any specific details I got online and booked my flight to Barcelona. I didn’t really care, I was just ready for a little adventure.
I knew the group going was going to be a bunch of fellow photographers and videographers, and we decided we all wanted to try and find some work while we were over there. As our departure date got closer plans started to fall through and lots of the people in our group ended up not being able to come. Our travel group got smaller and smaller, and the work I had scheduled for the trip fell through as well. With only three days to go before I was supposed to leave I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be going anymore. But the more I thought about it the more I realized I didn’t really care if I had work or not, or if I knew the people I was traveling with. All I really cared about was seeing a corner of the world I hadn’t seen yet, and having an amazing experience abroad.
But it turned out I ended up being with some of the coolest people I’ve ever met, and we ended up having way more fun than I could have even hoped for. When we arrived in Spain we knew where we were going to be staying for the first night and that was about it. Everything else we decided we’d just figure out along the way. We ended up renting a car so we wouldn’t have to rely on public transportation, and spent the first two days exploring the beautiful city of Barcelona!
The view from the balcony of our Airbnb the first night! ^^
A morning hike to find a ferris wheel that ended with no ferris wheel but some cool views. ^^ We literally couldn’t walk anywhere without freaking out over how gorgeous it was. Hence.. all the pictures.
There was a memorial made on the street where the terrorist attack was in Barcelona. ^^ We stopped here while we were shopping and it was surreal to look down the road and think that this is where it happened only a few weeks beforehand. It’s so hard to understand how anything that horrible could happen, and we definitely stood here giving a moment of silence to those who passed away before moving on.
We spent our time in the city exploring, making new friends, shopping, dancing, and eating way too much Gelato.
After we got our taste of the city scene we decided to head out to the country side and visit a beautiful monastery in Montserrat. This might have been one of my favorite days. The views were incredible and the monastery tucked away peacefully in the mountains was just breath taking. We sat inside the cathedral for a while as a monk played the organ and people chanted hymns of worship in the room next to us. Something about watching people on the other side of the world show their love and dedication to God in their own way really just spoke to me. It was powerful to sit and think about how old the building I was sitting in was, and how many people had come here before me to worship. I love that through language and culture barriers God can be so universal and uniting.
Blurry happy picture of three happy humans ^^
After three eventful days in Spain we decided it was time to go head to another country. Our options were endless and we brainstormed all night for possibilities for the next day. We found some super cheap flights to Geneva, Switzerland and decided to just jump on it! Haley, Chris, and I bought our tickets right then and excitedly starting looking at places to go. Unfortunately our friends Anna and Alyssa weren’t able to get their tickets that night and ended up staying behind in Spain. But while they were enjoying the tropical beaches of coastal Spain we were enjoying the views of the Swiss Alps, so I’d say we all ended up pretty well off. 🙂
We landed in Geneva, rented another car, and headed out to see what this place was all about. The cool thing about Switzerland is that since it’s bordered by both France and Germany it takes on qualities of both countries. There’s the French-Swiss side, and then when we drove over the Alps and got to the other side we were very much in German-Swiss territory. Because of this it was almost like we got to experience three countries in one and made the whole thing extra fascinating. For our first night we were actually so close to the French border that we drove over it and spent our first night in France!
We woke up in the beautiful France countryside and packed up our things to head back to Switzerland for a day in the famous Alps. As we drove through the beautiful mountain terrain we stumbled along so many cute villages tucked away in the foothills. Haley and I were freaking out over just how cute everything in these little towns were! We passed a town that had a big market out on the streets and we begged Chris to stop the car so we could get out and explore.
We quickly got lost in the experience of it all. There were live musicians playing unique melodies at every corner, free samples of breads and cheese, and some of the nicest humans we’d met. We danced in the streets and chatted with locals, soaking it all up.
After walking through possibly the most adorable town on Earth we spotted an old medieval looking castle up on the hill. The cool thing about Switzerland is that there are literally abandoned castles everywhere. This one was gorgeous and we decided to make the hike up to it to check it out. So worth it, and so cool. From the top we had the best view of the cities below, and the air was so fresh and crisp. It was magical all in itself.
The next day was filled with more driving, hiking, exploring, and getting to the German side of Switzerland.
We finished off our time in Switzerland in the beautifully city of Bërn, and it was a great final stop! So many cute shops and people, and we ate enough berries and bread to last us a week. Seriously Haley and Chris were just the funnest travel buddies and we had such a blast the entire time experiencing this country together.
It looks like they’re holding hands but they would probably want me to tell you that they’re actually not. 😉 I may or may not have tried playing match maker for most of our trip though. ^^
I have so so so many stories and so many more pictures, but I just wanted to share kind of an overall summary of the places we went and the things we did. This trip was life impacting in so many ways and I came home with a better idea of who I am and who I want to be. I’m so thankful for the opportunities that I’ve been able to have with my business, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future. Now who wants to plan another trip with me?! My husband, Braxton, and I have a trip to France and Italy already planned for next March, but I’m already dying to get back to Europe and see more! If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Tell me in the comments below!
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I'm Alexis. Photographer, World Traveler, Wife, Twin Mom, and lover-of-all-things-pumpkin.
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