bern, switzerland

Bern was our third stop on our train tour around western Switzerland in early December.  We flew into Geneva, took the train from the airport to Lausanne, spent a day in Montreux, and now here we are in Bern!  We were on a budget as we had a trip coming up in a few weeks over our Christmas break, plus, as I think most would agree, Switzerland isn't usually known  as a country friendly to those traveling on the cheap.  

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chefugee x 3

About a year and a half ago, while we were spending the summer in the US in between two school years spent in Spain, I read this article.  It had been linked on a Facebook page we're a part of for young people living in Madrid, and the whole idea and concept of Chefugee had me hooked.  

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montreux, switzerland

I'd been eager to visit Switzerland for a while, and when we found decently priced tickets over a school break at the beginning of December, I didn't care that it would be cold and potentially snowy - we could always return when the grass was greener and the days were longer.  We flew in and out of Geneva and immediately took the train to Lausanne, where we spent our first day and night learning about the Olympics and eating cheese (see more here!).  The train from Lausanne to Montreux is only about thirty minutes, so after dropping our things at our Airbnb and sitting outside to let Danny catch up on a few work things, we set off for the Christmas markets as it was about lunchtime.  

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lausanne, switzerland

It seems fitting - although accidental! - to be writing this very Olympic-centric post on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  We were supposed to have more time than we ended up having in Lausanne, but we got booted off our overbooked flight from Madrid the night before and didn't arrive in Switzerland until much later than expected. 

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spanish snow day

Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild.  One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there.  We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed. 

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timisoara, romania

I would say that it's the rule, rather than the exception, that we plan our trips based on cost.  For example, we had a four day weekend in the fall and decided to visit Timișoara, Romania because the cheapest round-trip tickets we could get from Madrid to pretty much anywhere in Europe were there.  We'd certainly never heard of Timișoara before, but after a bit of research, we decided to take the plunge, grab the cheap tickets while they were available, and figure everything else out later.  

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