Photo Friday: Swiss Engagement Spot

Since we just had our one year wedding anniversary, I’m still on a sappy love high and wanted to do a Photo Friday post showcasing the spot where we got engaged.

In May 2013, David and I took a trip around Europe. We’d been together for three years at that point, but somehow we had never taken a trip with just the two of us before! So we wanted to make the most of it. In two weeks, we visited Iceland, France, Monaco, and last but not least: Switzerland.

Little did I know, David had been carrying around a very important piece of jewelry the entire trip, just waiting for the right moment to reveal it. He was so good at hiding it! I would have been bursting at the seams with a secret like that! But he kept his cool until May 30th, one of the last days of the trip, when we decided to visit Harder Kulm, a mountain with an incredible panoramic view of Interlaken, Switzerland. There, David walked me back to a private area of the woods, got down on one knee, and proposed.

Sometimes, I can’t believe my own life. That sounds terrible and snobby, but if I’m being honest, I get super duper excited when I think about the fact that I got engaged in Switzerland. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! So glad I found a romantic travel addict like myself ❤

P.S. For more photography posts, be sure to check out the Photo Friday archives here.


One Year.

By Alexis

May 30 is a big day for us Roses. It was the day we got engaged in Switzerland in 2013. It was the day we got married in Hawaii in 2014. And this year, May 30 is our first wedding anniversary AND our first full day in Europe after living in Asia for a year!

Big day 🙂

We actually cheated and celebrated our anniversary two days early this year so that we could take advantage of cheap hotel prices in Bali and afford a fancy treehouse-style villa overlooking the jungle. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Pictures coming soon! We’re in Bulgaria now after a long two-day journey, so we’re spending our actual anniversary just relaxing, soaking in the fast wifi (lightning compared to Indonesia), and cooking up a storm since it’s the first time we’ve had a kitchen since our wedding (homemade french toast for breakfast, yes!)

And for now, I’m just gonna go hug my husband and giggle about being married for a year ♡


Photo by Kpix Photography

I’ve Found The Perfect Travel Buddy

By David

The other day I got an email from Hostelworld that contained this article: 10 Signs You’ve Found the Perfect Travel Buddy. While I typically find this Buzzfeed-esqe list articles annoying, I gave it a gander. I thought of Alexis, my partner in crime, and how I’m so lucky to be traveling the world with her.

Don’t get me wrong, being Nomadic Newlyweds definitely has its challenges. We don’t see eye-to-eye all the time, and we often argue about things we wouldn’t have to deal with if we back in America living the typical newlywed life. But Alexis really is the perfect travel buddy. At the end of the day, there’s no one I trust more; I know she’s always on my team. So to piggyback of Hostelworld’s list…

1. She’s inquisitive.

Alexis and I both majored in anthropology, so we carry our interest and knowledge of world cultures with us in our travels. In Indonesia, I remember nerding out about how interesting it is seeing the culture shift from Asian to elements of Polynesian.

Taman Ayun Temple, Bali, Indonesia

These black grass roofs, for example, are everywhere in Bali. They are aesthetically much more Polynesian than Asian, something we found particularly interesting.

2. We’re on the same schedule.

You know what we did almost every night of our recent SE Asia October trip? We were in bed by 9pm watching a movie. We may only be 25, but we’re old people at heart. We both get tired early and aren’t usually up for late night partying. Continue reading