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Spring Break 2k16

Wow.

What a BENVENTURE!

From March 4 to March 12, my close friend Phil Mouring and I ventured of on a high-speed, rapid-fire European Vacation escorted by our local Swiss pal Tobias Tresch. The goal was simply to be and to see.

And that we did.

Here are a few of my notes from our travels to prove it.

  • Skated in Istanbul Airport with a Beck's brew in hand.
  • Played the stump game in a random Swiss bar.
  • Ate Little Debbie Swiss Rolls in Switzerland.
  • Drove 140 mph on the Autobahn.
  • Witnessed the sunrise and sunset over the Swiss Alps.
  • Phil accidentally splashed holy water.
  • Ate pastries in France.
  • Had Sprugel in Germany.
  • Made my own Swiss Chocolate.
  • Crafted my own Swiss Army knife.
  • Toured and tasted a Heineken Brewery.
  • Learned how to say Easter Egg in German
  • Tobi got in a fender bender
  • Street lines are opposite colors.
  • Swiss insurance pays for gym members.
  • Never wear your shoes inside.
  • Red Bull is cheaper than water.
  • Rode through world's longest tunnel - 17km,
  • Toi Toi = portapotty.
  • Ate Italian pizza with local red wine.
  • I really like Rachlett and Flamkuchen.
  • Scottish dudes suck at ping pong.
  • Got super lost snowboarding at LAAX and ended up in a goat pasture.
  • Turkish Airlines hands out Turkish delight, and free alcohol.

And of course, the visuals along the way...

An unforgettable trip.

Phil and I can't thank the Tresch family enough for their outrageous hospitality. Your incredible food, beautiful home, and fuzzy cats will be missed.

A special thank you to boss man Tobi for ALL you did for us (planning, driving, getting out a$$e$ out of bed) and taking time off work to adventure to such cool places with us. And ladies, he's single!

Here's a highlight video from the various road trips we embarked on, in chronological order. I also decided to leave the footage as natural as possible and not edit the clips. Unfortunately I lost the footage from Italy, but a piece of my heart will always lie in those "Coors Light sized" mountains.

Cheers to next time Switzerland! I'll be back.

Switzerland

France

Germany

Italy

Views From a Skoda

@jmarttogo

Meet Jonathan Martin.

Referred to by the locals as "Jmart".

A visual gatherer, world traveler, simplistic designer, impulsive explorer, passionate curator, and seasoned writer. He's been named a "campus fave" by about.me and has work published in the LA Times. Booyah!

Currently spotted in the desertlandia of Phoenix, the millennial gold rush is pulling him to the west coast. Jmart enjoys awkward puns, Taco Bell, and not-your-mother's rap music. Oh, and Coke never Pepsi.

Our paths first crossed two years ago at James Madison University and have been buds since. Squeezed between two busy lifestyles, our time together is limited but well spent.

Countless concerts/photos/adventures later, we've shared some pretty radical memories.

According to the Myers Briggs Personality test, Jmart is an ESTP and I'm an INFJ. We are exact opposites. Interesting.

But our view of life on mother earth is very similar. Creativity is under-valued, coffee is best enjoyed with friends, and God's love is crazy dope.

New apps are fun and creating content is exciting, but our identity rests in a power far greater than iOS and Google.

Jonathan's walked the plank on more ships than most of us will ever step foot on. Discovering the beauty buried within the imperfect has been a constant theme in his story.

His persistence to follow the Lord is bold and he refuses to be rerouted by societal expectations. Sure there may be flat tires and car washes along the way, but the views of his journey are worth every minute to him. I'm encouraged by Jonathan's character everyday and I work to see life as he does.

Admittedly, most of my creative inspiration and ideas have been vicariously maturing through Jonathan's work, especially my blog. So please, go check out his beautiful site!

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Sure I've got a bit of a bro crush on the dude, but I'm stoked to share life with this weirdo. I'm always amused by how we've stayed such good friends over the years, but I never question why. I'm stoked to see what 2016 has in store for this stud. (And thanks for letting me practice portrait photography on you!)

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Costa Rica

December 27 - January 3: The Johnston family and the Gore family traveled south to Central America!

The entire trip was spent spraying sunscreen, surfing, and spraying sunscreen (in that order). The food was notoriously amazing and delicious. We learned that fresh water is hard to come by and iguanas run fast. New favorite drink: Estrella Damm.

Besides my head splitting open and my brother catching an unknown illness, the trip was awesome! We found time off the boards to zip line above a jungle, hike to a waterfall, and watch a rodeo.

Throughout all the excitement, I avoided taking photos. Weird...but I wanted to enjoy it and live it, not document it. Getting out from behind the viewfinder was refreshing and relaxing. However, I still managed to scramble together a few pictures around our incredible house: