November 22, 2017

Thank You Notes Vol. 14

We have been spreading ourselves a little thin recently. We've had parties, sporting events and work is  bananas. I'm so excited for this holiday weekend even though I'll find myself at work on Friday. Since it's been a full year since my last thank you notes post, I figured there's no better time.


Thank you Thanksgiving dinner for giving me the best side dishes known to man. I'm in charge of veggie sides this year for my dad's. My plans are to bring this scalloped cornthis vegetarian stuffing recipe and these Brussels Sprouts. I'm pretty damn excited about it - plus leftovers.

Thank you coffee & cough medicine for sponsoring this week at work. Working in an office means being exposed to all the germs and it's disgusting.

Thank you old age for giving me ZERO reasons to go out the night before Thanksgiving. Especially since I feel like crap, I'm super excited to get into my pajamas before dark tonight and not leave my couch.

Thank you Vikings for being awesome on Sunday. We had tickets for the Vikings vs. Rams game on Sunday and it was so much fun to watch. Adam Thielen is my new favorite player. He was undrafted and he's from Minnesota. Love a hometown hero.

Thank you magical body butter for saving my super dry skin. This winter is going to be no joke for me being back in Minnesota and my skin will continue to need your help. Now if only I could find a super awesome humidifier to help with my throat, I'll be set. I'm open to any suggestions.

Thank you Bravo for always overlapping real housewives cities. I never run out of crap to watch on television. That said, we still haven't finished season 2 of Stranger Things and have a million things in our list for winter.

Thank you meal subscription boxes for allowing me to skip the grocery store often. We are able to eat good food, have zero waste and not brave the grocery store as often. I'm a big fan. Purple Carrot is the newest one we tried. It's all plant based and we LOVED all three meals they sent last week.

Thank you online shopping. Black Friday is overwhelming and I've never been one to want to deal with that. But the idea that I can support small businesses out and about this weekend and then finish up any holiday shopping with one of the millions of sales online from my couch makes me so thankful and also so lazy.

Last, but not least, I'm thankful for our MN tribe that has been so welcoming to us as we've moved back, so supportive as we've dealt with some rough times and also so forgiving that we are forcing ourselves to say no to some things to remain sane and happy. The holidays are nuts. Things get crazy. Take some time to enjoy the little moments and stay sane.

Good luck to those that have holiday dinners with relatives that have differing politic views. Bring wine, wear sweatpants and try to stay in your happy place.

November 15, 2017

On Top of the World

I swear, I'm getting to the end of the Europe photos, but I've kind of enjoyed savoring them a bit. Every time I sit down to organize one of these posts, it leads to conversations in our household about how soon we can plan our next adventure and how much fun it is. So just enjoy the photos because the Alps are magical.

One of the best birthdays we've celebrated was this past year in Zermatt. On Justin's birthday, we decided to take a few different gondolas to the top of Klein Matterhorn. They have carved out the inside of the peak so you can see the inside of the mountain and it's amazing! We were the only people in the whole place. The trick is taking the first ride up in the morning. We were joined by skiers that were taking advantage of the altitude and getting some late May runs in.

The Glacier Paradise has tons of ice sculptures, displays and even a slide. We took full advantage of having the place to ourselves. Once we were frozen, we headed up to the cafe and the lookout area. We went snowtubing on the summit. We got some coffee and just enjoyed the view. You can see at least three different countries from the top and we had such a wonderful clear day.

The experience itself was expensive, but the views can't be beat. We planned ahead for this because we knew we wanted to do something extra fun for our birthdays. Personally, I think it was worth it, but would have been even more so if we had all of our belongings and were dressed appropriately (this was before my suitcase arrived.) We could have done a little more hiking and exploring if we were dressed better. 












Do you splurge on experiences on vacation? We try to pick one thing that is special and plan for it. I'm curious if others avoid these "tourist" things.

November 13, 2017

A Feel Good Weekend

It's getting a little difficult to count the amount of times I've talked about feeling off or weird on this little space. In the last two months, we've left our favorite apartment of all time, spent a few weeks without our things bouncing from place to place, we lost our beloved Schnauzer and it's just felt so strange. I have just been sick of feeling so off.

Now it's Sunday evening and we are rewatching the end of How I Met Your Mother before it leaves Netflix. We had a weekend that felt good.

Friday night, we left work, went home and read for a while. There were Lola cuddles and left over Green Mill Pizza. We got dressed, grabbed a six pack of beer and headed over to our friend's for an evening of cheese plates, drinks and laughs. It's so nice having friends that live in the neighborhood. It's even better to have friends that don't get mad when your dog poops on their floor. Thanks Lola for showing us a new talent that we never knew you had... and another thing we have to worry about when we take you places.

Saturday morning was quiet. There was coffee, newspapers and scrambled eggs. We made plans to meet our friends and one of our favorite babies at Fort Snelling State Park just after noon. We did a little 4 mile round trip along the Minnesota and the Mississippi Rivers. There was good conversation, sunshine and a little hot cocoa. The time flew by and we found ourselves ready for a snack afterwards. We stopped at a new-to-us place in Saint Paul called the Highland Grille and enjoyed a $2.50 beer, the best brussel sprouts I've ever had and some other snacks. It's so interesting that we lived here for so long and there are so many places we never explored or tried. It makes me a little sad, but also really excited about the adventures in the near future.




After our snack stop, we tried to check out the MN Made Christmas Market at Lake Monster Brewing, but it was a complete zoo. We made a quick loop to see what stands were there, but we definitely weren't waiting in line for beers. We made the quick trip home and hit play on some Stranger Things. After watching the first episode of season 2, we fell into the black hole called YouTube and watched videos of the stars of the show on all the late night talk shows. I'm sharing my 2 new favorites here.



This morning (Sunday), we had another slow start. We finished library books, read the paper and snuggled with Lola. We did some house chores and got organized for our week. Late morning, we got ready and went out to brave the Mall of America. Justin needed some snow boots and we each had a list of items we need to fill out of wardrobe now that we have to be in an office every day and yoga pants and sweat pants aren't acceptable everyday wear. We survived. We made a loop on each floor, ate some good tacos and got out of there before it was too crazy.

We made an appearance in the afternoon at a one year old's birthday party. Whenever there is wine, pizza and cake, I'm pretty happy. Plus we got to hang with the family for a little while.


Now here we are. Lola is snuggled in on the couch and we are in pajamas. We have a fun week ahead of us with a few sporting events, a movie night and the possibility of getting a car. We have meals planned and groceries purchased. Plus we are purging our closets and everyone knows how much I love getting rid of things.


Things will probably never feel normal again because our little family is different. We are familiar with the "new normal" idea and I think we are nearing that. Things are put away in our house, we have a normal routine, we have adventures planned in the upcoming months and we aren't crying multiple times a day. We are working on the positive and the healthy.

We are finishing 2017 strong. Wishing the same for all of you.

November 8, 2017

Some Sunshine & Happiness

I have been living in the same cloud as Eeyore lately. It's dark when I leave work, it's cold as shit, Donald Trump is still president. But I was reminded earlier this week about my year of gratitude. I spent the entire year documenting #dailygratitude on Instagram and it was awesome. You can see my recap here - it makes me smile.



The last few years, I had a planner that had a spot for daily gratitude, so I was still in the practice of writing it down daily. This year, I tried a new planner and I just feel like I've lost that practice a little bit. With my gloomy attitude lately, I'm going to focus on it here a little bit this evening.

Here are the things I'm grateful for:

Our Christmas cards are ordered. We organized our props, took the photos, put things in order and got them ordered while Shutterfly had a sale happening. If you're new here, we take holiday cards seriously. We have no human children, so we fill people's mailboxes with ridiculous cards that will make them laugh. Snail mail is great and even though we strive to be paperless in many parts of our life - we love the idea of reaching out the old school way. Here is our card from last year (and yes, there's usually a poem of some kind):


 Elections happened. Reading the news today was actually happy and exciting. I read all the stories of newly elected officials that had overcome some crazy stuff, found the courage to run for office AND THEN WIN. It energized me. Now we have 363 days until the midterm elections and we need to keep being loud, respectful, loving, kind, smart and aware.

Family Matters. We have been indulging in this 90's classic on Hulu for the last few weeks. It's amazing. Plus, we learned that the original Family Matters house on the north side of Chicago is going to be torn down. Good news for you - we visited it in September and took a picture:


Not sure what that house is to the left, but it definitely wasn't there in the 90's.

Sore muscles. Weird, I haven't really done much exercise lately. You know - all the life changes and craziness makes me put my own health on the back burner, BUT I worked out this weekend and my muscles were sore for two days and it made me so happy. I'm alive, my body still works and I made myself a little stronger. Now to figure out how to make this part of a routine that already feels so rushed.

Vacation countdowns. I love that apple allows you to name group text messages. We currently have one going with our friends in Colorado and every day we update it with the countdown until we visit them. I love racing everyone each day to update the number and watching it get closer and closer. Count downs are almost as awesome for me as lists.

Christmas Shopping Lists. This year will be a piece of cake. No more stressful shopping. We are not doing gifts for the nieces & nephews this year. Instead, we are picking a two on one activity and that's their Christmas gift. Our first one is going to see Annie with the oldest niece and I'm so excited. On top of that, my brother & sister in law don't want to exchange gifts this year. We are pretty much down to just spoiling our parents and a few friends and then doing some charity stuff. It will be a fun year of gifting instead of a giant list that we try and force things into.


Our Tribe. I haven't published my Quincy post yet, but it's coming. I do need to say that as hard as saying goodbye to my first four legged child, it's been so comforting to know that we have surrounded ourselves with some of the greatest hearts in the human race. Now that I've lived through this, I definitely know what made me feel a little peace and will make sure to pay it forward. I can't thank our friends and family enough for the kindness, love and support. So many tears have been shed in this house, but a few of them were just pure gratitude.

I'll wrap it up there for today. Remember, this is the month of thankfulness. It should be a daily practice, but if you fall out of habit like I did, take a minute and show some gratitude now.

November 7, 2017

Election Day

It's Election Day.


I still remember 2016 so clearly. I woke up early, grabbed coffee from Market down the street and walked to the elementary school a few blocks away. The lines were out the door. There was a lot of energy. I waited in the line for my block, chatted for a second with the people working the desk and got my ballot. I remember standing in the booth with tears in my eyes because for the first time in my life, I was filling in a bubble for a woman to be president.

We all know what happened after that.

For the last year, I have read more books about topics I didn't understand, marched, protested, called members of government, signed petitions, subscribed to a newspaper and had countless conversations with like minded people and people that have very different opinions than mine.

Every day, the news is exhausting, depressing and horrifying to some degree. It has gotten to the point that when a town is trending on Twitter, I immediately assume there has been a mass shooting. How is this real? How can we have these problems over and over again and nothing changes?

Today is Election Day. I've researched every candidate on the ballot. I learned all about the ranking that happens on the Minneapolis ballot. I have my top 3 candidates for mayor, for Parks & Rec board and city council. I've never been more excited about local government. I'm ashamed that I used to ignore those races because I didn't take the time to understand and make good choices.

I will vote today because it's an action that I can take to help make change and get my voice heard. Your voice is loudest within your own community so if you don't use it there, you're missing your greatest opportunity.

I will vote today because I really believe that parks in the city are important to community and education.

I will vote today because I believe that the mayors and small governments in this country can keep their commitments to the Paris Agreement and I believe that they should.

I will vote today because we need to continue the conversations about the police force and how they work with the community in Minneapolis.

I will vote today because I want my voice heard. I care about education, the environment, equality and continuing conversations that need to happen.

I will vote today because I've spent the last year feeling so many things and I refuse to be quiet.

Hope you get out and rock the vote today. Be heard. Get more info here.

November 6, 2017

Reasons I'm Excited to be back in Minnesota

It's no surprise to anyone that we loved our apartment and our neighborhood in Brooklyn. I never realized people would make an assumption that we wouldn't be happy living anywhere else. I've had people tell me that they feel bad that we had to move. I figured I'd take a minute to set things straight. I think it's definitely possible to love two places at the same time. We love New York City. We love Minneapolis. It's pretty easy. I figured I'd share with you some of the reasons that I'm excited to be in MN.


1. Lakes. There's so many and they are all so different. I'm excited for cabins, kayaks, fireworks and summer evening strolls.

2. Happiness. According to this article, this is the happiest state in the country.

3. Our People. I think this is probably pretty obvious, but we have nieces, nephews, siblings, parents, extended family and a whole bunch of awesome friends here. It's nice to be able to grab dinner with a girlfriend instead of planning a few months out for a visit.

4. The airport. MSP is one of my favorite airports. It's a few minutes from our house, the delays are few and far between because they are used to all weather and I can occupy myself for hours there just wandering around.

5. Breweries. There are so many breweries that have opened in the last few years and I'm so excited to try as many of them as possible.

6. Target. I can drive into a Target parking lot with so much ease.

7. A good Bloody Mary. They are the real deal here. There's food on a stick in your drink plus you'll always get a "chaser" of beer in case it's too spicy.

I'm most excited about getting to explore this state with a whole new state of mind. We learned in New York that we enjoy variety and constantly exploring. When we lived here before, we were stuck in a bit of a routine. We are determined to keep it fresh and get out and explore... but maybe after I've gotten used to the winter weather.

Have you ever been to Minnesota? I think I'm going to work on a bucket list like this one I did with NYC. What should I add?

November 2, 2017

My Favorite Town in the World

You have traveled with us to the fairytale town of Rothenburg, got a recap of our brief stay in Munich, saw photos of our road trip through Germany, read me gush over the beauty that is Austria and that one time we checked something off Justin's bucket list and drank the Prince's wine. Most recently, I've shared the awesome city of Lucerne and our travels through the Swiss countryside. Go ahead, all those links will take you back if you missed anything. I'll wait.

I'm finally to the part of our trip that I was most excited about. There is a little town in southern Switzerland where no cars are allowed, the Matterhorn is the permanent skyline and every outdoor lover is in complete heaven. This place is called Zermatt. We decided to spend a few nights here to celebrate our birthdays and really explore the surrounding area. 

If you visit this little town in May (like we did), you will notice that it's pretty quiet and there are a few places that are not open because the owners are on holiday. This is definitely the "off season" for this ski town. The locals told us that summer is busy with hikers and traveling families and the winters are bustling with snow enthusiasts from around the world, but May was wonderful and quiet. 

We had fondue two nights in a row (because we obviously both wanted a vat of cheese for our birthday dinners.) We drank in the local pub and heard about the trips the locals have taken to New York City. We carefully navigated tipsy talks about American politics as well. We hiked hours each day exploring waterfalls, views of the glacier and alpine lakes. 

We returned to our hotel after a long day of hiking and my luggage had finally arrived. Just deciding what to wear that evening was a task because all of a sudden there were options. 

This town is one of the best places I have ever visited and I'm sure we will return in the future. The Matterhorn was so incredible to see in person and the hiking trails in the area were breathtaking (literally and figuratively.) I posted a question at the bottom of the post and I'm super hopeful that people will answer it in the comments so we can get a good list going.












What is the best town you've ever visited on vacation? What did you love about it?

November 1, 2017

Currently

The last week has seemed like a complete blur to me. We had to say goodbye to Quincy on Tuesday unexpectedly and the days that followed are just mush. I'm working on a balance now of keeping busy but also giving myself time to be sad and snuggle Lola. I'll share more about Q later this week because I have a pretty epic collection of photos and memories that I want to post, but I'm going to attempt to get back to regular programming today with my usual first of the month post.


Here are the things happening currently in my world:

Watching Stranger Things on Netflix...finally. We've had this on our list for a while because lots of people suggested it, but October seemed like the right time to start plus now we have two seasons we can watch.

Reading this Fredrick Backman book and I'm loving it. It's a perfect transition to cold weather book.

Avoiding sugar this week. There is candy all over our office and the only way to have any control is to not eat any at all. The candy we bought for Trick or Treaters was candy we didn't like so we wouldn't be tempted to eat it all ourselves.

Loving these pins for my hair. I bought them on a whim at Target and used them for a wedding to put my hair up in something nicer than a ponytail. I only used two to keep my thick hair up and it took me seconds to make it work. They are now a staple for me. Why didn't I know about these sooner?

Missing daylight. It gets dark so early (which will only get worse with Daylight Savings Time) and I'm noticing the impact it has on me. I've been trying to figure out how to make our house a little more bright and happy.

Excited for our first Saturday & Sunday with no plans since we moved. We have been super lucky to have fun things every weekend, but there has been very little down time for us and I'm excited for a full day of pajamas, books and checking things off our to-do list.

Wanting this cookbook. We are almost done cooking our way through the Forest Feast book I got for Christmas last year and I think I'd like to have that adventure again with a new book. I'm open to suggestions if you know any other good vegetarian cookbooks.

Counting down to vacation. We have a few things planned for this winter and I'm super excited. We are visiting friends all over the country this winter to celebrate new homes, weddings and birthdays. As much as we miss our friends, it is pretty awesome having a tribe all spread out so we have excuses to go to awesome places.

Waiting for this collection to arrive on my doorstep. I've been using the lotion since it came out in July and now they have a full collection. I ordered two so that I can send out samples if you're interested in trying it.

Happy November all. Make sure you are all set to hit the polls next Tuesday.

October 19, 2017

More Favorite Podcasts

I got into the podcast universe about two years ago with the obsession with Serial and my increased desire to stay up to date on the news. I rounded up my favorite podcasts in this post, but I have so many new ones I subscribe to now.


Here are a few of my current favorites:

The Daily - This is an every weekday listen for me. I'm a happy subscriber to the New York Times. We get the Sunday paper each week and I have unlimited access to articles online. This is an add on that is free for everyone. It's about 20 minutes each day that usually features one big news story and a few smaller ones. Some of the topics are things I wasn't aware of at all and others allowed me to get a deeper understanding.

Foodstuff - I love talking about food, but who wants to listen to a podcast with recipes? No one. This podcast is far from that. They pick a topic each week and dive into the history and back story. In the last week, I've dove into their archives and listened to the Bloody Mary recipe which gave me all kinds of fun trivia about my favorite brunch drink and I also tuned in to an episode about juice cleanses (turns out I totally agree with them.) I did one a few years ago and wrote about it here and haven't done one since... which says a lot.

Pod Save America - If you have time, listen to everything from Crooked Media. This is the original podcast of theirs that I jumped into and I've stuck with them. I listen to the others when there is a topic or person I'm interested in, but they are doing some pretty amazing things in politics. It's a few guys that used to work for President Obama and since the election, they have made it their mission to educate while also saying the things we are all thinking. All of my favorite senators have been guests on the show and they only release twice a week so it's a little easier to keep up.

The Popcast - This is my new favorite pop culture podcast to listen to. Justin and I usually pick a couple topics to listen to on road trips and argue with them via the car speakers. They list out things like their favorite TV dads or the low key MVP's of Game of Thrones. They are pretty funny and it's fun to listen to their take on popular shows and movies.

Constitutional - I've talked about Presidential before on the previous podcast round up, but I still believe everyone should listen to it in the US because it recaps every president in their own podcast and shares information that we didn't learn in school. The Washington Post and Lillian Cunningham are back with a new concept. They are diving into the Constitution. The first few episodes tell you about how it came to be and then they start diving into important cases. I have some catching up to do, but so far, I love this as much as Presidential.

The UM Cast - Do you ever wonder what happens to bloggers that you kind of loved reading? So many just ghost the blog world. Thanks to Instagram and my apparent stalker capabilities, I discovered this podcast from this blogger that I used to follow all the time as she traveled the world. She now lives in San Diego with a toddler and started a podcast with another blogger. They have a few episodes out so far, so I gave them a listen and laughed throughout their friendly banter.

So that's my round up for now. What are you listening to? I feel like there are so many podcasts to choose from so I love being pointed in a certain direction.

Beautycounter Shop One, Share One for a Good Cause (plus favorites under $50)

I've already told you how much I love the Beautycounter Holiday Collections, but today I wanted to share my three favorites under $50 and a super cool way to give back. Also, if you make a purchase over $100 or more before the end of October, I'm going to send you a free gift of your choosing. Check these out below or you can find the entire holiday collection on the website here.
This set of oils is a $51 value and you can get it for yourself or a friend/loved one for $28. PLUS, for each set that is purchased, Beautycounter will be donating the exact same set to the UCLA Johnson Comprehensive Cancer Center to give to one of their patients. They are calling it the Shop One, Share One initiative and will donate up to 5,000 sets, so grab one for yourself or as a gift and help someone else enjoy the same gift. Shop here to grab one.

My personal goal is to help sell 10 of these. Help me reach my goal! Anyone that buys one of these will be entered to win a special full size product prize.

If you've never used facial oils, check this article out about 7 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Facial Oils. Plus, Oil #2 has made all kinds of "Must-Have Lists" in the last few months on PopSugar and Allure. 


Another super awesome deal is with the lip gloss options. There are two different sets in the holiday collection. The one shown above is the Perfect Pout Trio - Pinks. They also have the Perfect Pout Trio - Nudes. These are an $87 value and you can get these sets for only $48 for the holiday season. If you were like me, you'd buy the set, keep one for yourself and then put the other two in gift bags for friends. I've tried lipstick before and I can do it for a night out, but these I can wear all day and I love them.

Last, but definitely not least, is the charcoal set. For under $50, you get to try the charcoal cleansing bar and the face mask in smaller versions. I think this is the number one item that customers come back for. This is the Clean Slate Charcoal Duo and it's a great gift for yourself or any other friend or family member. The Charcoal helps detoxify the skin without drying it out. We use that mask once a week in our household.

Have you tried any of these? If you'd like to, I'll be hosting a Spa Night Social via the web in November and would love to send you some samples to join us. Just comment below or reach out to me via email at steph@insertclassyhere.com

Happy Almost Friday!

October 18, 2017

Snapshots of a Brooklyn Apartment

I loved our apartment in Brooklyn. The neighborhood was a big part of that, but the layout is also much better for us than our previous place. I only posted these photos which shows tiny corners of that apartment and I want to document this home a little better. Even though we were only there one year, it will forever be one of my favorite homes.

We are now settled in our new place in Minneapolis, but I didn't want to skip posting these. I want to always remember my favorite things about this place.

I loved the giant window in the living room. We got morning light and it was wonderful. In the winter, it helped warm up the apartment and in the summer, we didn't have to worry about the afternoon blaze through the window. We were on the second floor and right at the tree line, so all you saw during the spring, summer and fall were the leaves.

Couch and rug from Ikea. Poof found on Amazon here.

We kept everything really simple. It was only 625 sq feet (a little big by NYC standards) but it fit all our things, plus allowed two separate office spaces since we were both working from the apartment. We never thought we'd be able to find or afford anything that wouldn't make us feel super cramped, so we got extremely lucky.

Orange record stand found at Homegoods, Record Player w/ other features found here, and scratch off world map found here 

Our living spaces (living room & kitchen) were all one big room with a separate bedroom and a separate little office space. We also had a tiny little balcony that could fit two small chairs facing one another and a little table mounted to the railing. It was perfect for Sunday morning coffee sipping and newspaper reading.

Couch from Ikea, Pillows from Target
The little office space (which was impossible to take a photo of properly) had some awesome wallpaper from Chasing Paper that was super easy to install and remove and made the tiny closet like space feel like an office. I would use wallpaper in every place forever and ever. I change my mind so often and this felt easier than painting. It was our first time putting it in and there were some definite learnings, but this wall was behind the door most of the time and it didn't bug us that some of the seams were a little off.


We had the best shower ever. It was a deep bathtub with jets and a really strong shower. The bathroom was much smaller than our previous apartment, but it felt right for us because we could make the most of the space. Plus, I love this shower curtain (get the same one here.)


I miss working at my little desk in the corner of my bedroom near the sliding glass doors. I miss cooking big lunches because we worked from home. I miss our neighborhood (I'll have a big ole sappy post about NYC soon.) I miss our maintenance guy George. I miss the sounds of the neighborhood while sitting on our balcony. I miss the giant windows that Quincy could see out of from the chaise of the couch. I miss the thick solid wood doors.

We made great memories in that apartment. It was the best place we've ever lived, but I'm hoping we can just keep getting better and we are already pretty in love with our current home. We don't take long to settle once we are in a place. We like everything put away and put together ASAP. It's been a busy few weeks, but maybe I'll show you pictures of this place before we move again. And in case anyone is looking for an apartment in Brooklyn, better move quick. They increased the rent on our apartment 10% in just one year and got it on the 2nd viewing appointment. Holy Crap.

What's your favorite thing about where you live? What makes it home?

October 16, 2017

En Route to Zermatt

Leaving Lucerne, we were like two giggling children so excited that we were on our way to see the Matterhorn in person. It was my birthday that day we made this trip, so I was determined to make the most of this road trip. We stopped often and took in the views. It was cloudy in the AM and the sun broke through by the afternoon. There was quite a bit of construction on our route, but that led to even better detours. It was one of my favorite drives I've ever been on.


There were a few options, but we opted for the one with the most mountains and a car train because mountains were the main purpose of our trip. A car train? Yep, we had the same thoughts. We had to do some googling and found out that some mountain passes don't have roads, so there is a train that zooms through a series of tunnels with your car on top of it with you in the car. It's like a ferry, but there are no views and you must stay inside the vehicle at all times. We loved it, but we were the lucky ones that only waited 15 minutes for the train. They can't always fit everyone on and then people have to wait for the next train an hour or so later. My advice to you would be to research the times before you leave and try and get there early enough to be at the front of the line.

The route we took:



I'm trying to figure out how to spend an entire week in Andermatt skiing because the town was so beautiful and there were ski hills everywhere. It was so much better than I was anticipating and I was sad we didn't plan a night or two there to explore. Switzerland will definitely be a return trip for us in the near future.




Our road trip ended in Tasch and then we boarded the 15 minute train to Zermatt. Zermatt does not allow cars in the town (other than a few electric taxis) so it's super quiet. The anticipation getting to town was almost too much for us. And then we couldn't find our hotel, so a whole new adventure began. I'll be back with our Zermatt time again soon.

Happy Monday!