For more than a year, I had been trying to figure out an overseas vacation for John and I, as John had never traveled outside of North America, despite having traveled pretty extensively throughout the U.S. and been to various areas in Canada. While I wouldn't necessary consider myself an extensive world traveler, I had already been to eight countries on four continents, and really felt like an international trip would be an experience John wouldn't forget. Ideally, I wanted to go someplace neither of us had been before, where we would be safe and get by with limited language skills, and where there were plenty of opportunities for adventure. So after debating a variety of destinations ranging from Iceland to Belize, we landed on Switzerland because it turns out John has a Swiss friend.
His friend Martin ended up helping us design our itinerary and Martin and his girlfriend Nadine served as our hosts and tour guides for the first part of our trip. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to hike the Morteratsch glacier, never would have known about the absolutely beautiful mountain biking trail we spent a day on, or discovered radler (also called panache, basically a shandy consisting of half beer, half lemon-lime soda or carbonated lemonade, and super refreshing when stopping at a mountain cabin in the middle of a day of hiking). I feel confident saying that having Martin and Nadine as in country adventure companions made our trip a whole lot better than if we had attempted to research and coordinate everything ourselves. As is typical with vacations, I didn't pull out my DSLR camera nearly as much as I should have, but John and I did take a ton of phone photos, and Martin is also pretty into documenting his adventures so he took a ton of amazing photos of us and the scenery during the first part of our trip.
The photos below are a mix of those taken with my 5D Mark II and a 24-105mm f/4L IS lens that my friend Aaron loaned me for the trip, along with photos that Martin took. I've done all the editing in Lightroom, but I've been careful to credit Martin when his photos have been used.