European Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are crowded, expensive, and yet absolutely MAGICAL. And let’s face it, food is probably the best part so here were my favorites: -Vin Chaud/Gluehwein (Mulled Wine-Hot wine with spices) -Warm Candied Almonds -Roasted Chestnuts -Chocolate, of course!-they even had random objects made out of chocolate, like scissors. The little stands are made out of…

Hiking in the Enchanting-Jaunbach Gorge

If you’re near the Gruyere Village or Cailler chocolate factory, it’s definitely worth a trip to the Jaunbach gorge. We did a portion of this trail– it started from Bulle to the Lac de Montsainens. It goes through little tunnels and next to a very bright, colorful river. At the very end, you go up…

Les Cabanes De Marie-Swiss Treehouse B&B

Our Workaway hosts, Marie and Renaud, built these incredible tree houses in their backyard. There are 3 treehouses and a set of Gypsy wagons named after their kids- Mathis, Mila, Alanis, and Cami. Les Cabanes de Marie has a beautiful philosophy and goal to be a well-priced retreat for families and friends to experience their childhood…

Early Morning Hike Above the Clouds: Dent de Jaman

This particular morning was probably in the top 10 moments of my year. Waking up wayyy before the sun rises, driving to the pre-alps, running up Dent de Jaman in the dark and making it to the top above the clouds to see the sky turn cotton candy pink. The inversion of clouds covered Lac…

5 Tips for Packing a Three Month Trip into a Carry-On Backpack

Those bags we’re wearing and that red bag Luke is holding is all we brought for our entire three month trip to Europe. It was actually the perfect amount of things and we didn’t have to spend an extra $80 per bag to check them in! Only packing exactly what you need and condensing it down…

My 10 Favorite Things About My Favorite City: Bern, Switzerland

Walking around in Bern feels like walking around in a Virtual Reality game. Everything is clean, adorable, and organized. There are so many things I love about Bern, but here are my top 10: 1- Bern’s Festive Christmas Decor We were there in December, so we got to see the Berner Christmas Markt and all the…

Sweet Tooth Heaven: Cailler Swiss Chocolate-Tasting Tour

Not only do you get a creative presentation of the history of chocolate from the cocoa beans of the amazon to modern production, but at Cailler you get a TASTING. There are over 8 different types of quality chocolate to sample for free at the end of the tour! We filled up on the cheap packaged chocolates…

5 Things to do in Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne is one of my new favorite cities! It has a small population but a lot of cultural heritage and things to see because it’s a very liberal city. It’s also very hilly-so it was interesting/terrifying to drive manual around the city haha. We went there several times during our Workaway because it is only about…

Going Back in Time to the Gruyere Village

A tiny little village on a tiny hill with views of the alps. Beautiful cobblestone streets with beautiful old houses built with traditional architecture. Gruyere village is absolutely magical. I’d been there 10 years before for only about an hour, but still recognized it because it is just THAT unique. Here are some to-do suggestions…

Day trip to Magical Annecy (France)

After picking up our friend Cassidy from the Geneva airport, we drove a little further to Annecy, France. Our workaway hosts suggested it and we’re SO glad we went, it was gorgeous! We ate risotto at 20 Sur Vins. There you can taste up to 20 different wines with a cool mechanical pouring system where…

Workaway Host: Anne & Crosbie

  Anne and Crosbie are real characters, we loved getting to know them and all their beautiful animals. They are originally english, but live in the french countryside-in the middle of nowhere, with 3 dalmatians, 3 spotted ponies, an axolotl, and a giant white horse. Most of the work we did was gardening, painting, cutting/stacking…

Cultural Food: French Countryside Fig & Walnut Cake-Recipe

In the Fall, there are tons of things to forage for in the French countryside- figs, walnuts, chestnuts, mushrooms and more! It’s really fun to forage because it makes you more aware of your surrounds and it makes you feel like you’re more “in touch” with nature and your roots. 🙂 So we made a…