Another wonderful year spent living in the beautiful city of Vienna. Thankful every day that I get to be here doing what I love! Here are some of my favorite photos from 2015.
Lauren arrived in Vienna the same week as I did, at the beginning of 2014. We had many great times during the year & a half we were there together, from seeing Swan Lake at the Vienna Opera House to experiencing heat-induced hysteria on a summer trip to Geneva. Roaming through various cities & countries, sharing an apartment and all of the joys and difficulties of navigating life in another country, laughing a whole lot. Working alongside one another on a great team committed to seeing revival happen across Germany, Austria, & Switzerland. Watching the young people of that region grow in so many areas. And of course, drinking all the coffee in Vienna.
Lauren connected with Josh in her first few months in Vienna. They had their first date in Paris. She went back to America to see him; he came to Vienna to see her. And one day, he flew in unexpectedly and proposed to her on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful Vienna streets. We all celebrated together later that night!
I am so thankful I got to go come back to the US to photograph their big day. Much love & best wishes, Lauren & Josh!
These are some of my favorite people in the world! I feel so blessed each and every day that I get to work with them here in Austria. Last week, we went to Laxenburg Castle, right outside of Vienna, and took some photos. These are a few of my favorites.
I love living in Austria! Salzburg is a 2 hour drive/train ride from Vienna, and it has such a different feel to it. Salzburg is about the area where the mountains begin as you head toward the western portion of the country, and the city is just as beautiful as the landscape surrounding it.
I went to Salzburg a few weeks ago to celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite people – Sis Robinette! We went on The Sound of Music tour, wandered around the city, found a Mexican restaurant (hallelujah), and had lots of fun. I’m thankful for all the great times we have had together over the last year & a half, and am looking forward to many more!
I went back to Switzerland in July for training and special services, and once again, was in awe of how beautiful that country is. Geneva was about a thousand times hotter than it was in May & much more crowded, but it was still so nice having amazing services with the Geneva church, getting to see our friends there, and walking around the waterfront together.
We went up to a different viewpoint in Interlaken this time – Schynige Platte, which is about 6,500 feet high and takes an hour long funicular to get to. It was even more beautiful than what I saw the last time I was there, with wildflowers growing everywhere and cows with bells around their necks roaming around the countryside. Interlaken is seriously the most beautiful place I have ever seen.
One of my favorite parts of this trip was an excursion to Aarau and Hallwilersee in Central Switzerland with our friend Meret. We drove along Swiss country roads and stopped at a farmer’s stand to pick up fresh fruits (the most amazing blueberries I’ve ever eaten), and had a picnic on Meret’s family’s sailboat as we cruised around the lake. It was so nice to go swimming after being in such hot weather for so long! Gorgeous views and great friends made for yet another amazing trip to Switzerland.