AK Monthly Recap: June 2021


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It’s summer time and PRAGUE IS BACK, BABY! COVID ranges within the Czech Republic have dropped enormously (humorous how we will go from the worst on the earth to the very best in Europe in just a few quick months) and town has lastly reopened after six months of every part being closed.

It’s superb. This is my first time experiencing Prague in the summertime months — critically, prior to now, my visits have been at all times within the fall or winter. And whereas it may possibly get blisteringly sizzling on some days, I’m so pleased to be experiencing town beneath higher circumstances.

People are hanging out outdoors, eating al fresco, gathering at beer gardens, perusing out of doors markets. I had no thought town may very well be this enjoyable! We have been denied a lot over the previous 12 months and a half.

Now it’s time to start out doing tons of analysis so I can write tons of posts about Prague! I’m already an excellent a part of the way in which there on the restaurant analysis entrance.

Prague at sunset: you see crenellated buildings on the edge of the river in shades of cream, orange and pale green. In the foreground, a bridge with a red tram going down the street.
Prague is already extra colourful.

Destinations Visited

Prague, Czech Republic

Pula, Brijuni, Fažana, Valtura, Medulin, and Vodnjan, Croatia

Kate stands in joy holding a gold-framed certificate in one hand and a pen-shaped statue out of stone in the other. She stands in front of the ocean in Croatia. She wears a blue, white and orange dress with shapes of butterflies in the pattern.
I really gained!!


I gained Croatia’s prime journey writing award! The purpose why I used to be in Croatia was as a result of I used to be receiving the Golden Pen Award. The winners have been invited on a three-day journey in and round Pula, with an award ceremony.

There are three divisions of the Golden Pen (print media, video, and weblog and social) and there’s a Grand Prix winner for every class. I used to be shocked and delighted to win the Grand Prix within the weblog and social class!

You all understand how a lot I really like Croatia, and the way a lot I really like writing about Croatia — so it meant rather a lot to be recoginized by the Croatians themselves! One Croatian informed me my What Not to Do in Croatia publish was spot-on, written like a local, and that meant much more to me.

It was good to spend just a few sunny days in southern Istria, visiting locations like Pula and Vodnjan for the third time. I really went inside Pula’s amphitheater for the primary time ever!!

Charlie received his second vaccine! While he received his first Astra-Zeneca shot at house within the UK, he was capable of get the second right here in Prague. It took numerous calls to docs to search out one who would do it, however it paid off. I’m so glad he’s absolutely protected.

Lewis the cat is formally cured of FIP! Lewis was recognized with FIP on December 28, and he went by means of 12 weeks of therapy adopted by 12 weeks of statement. We received his ultimate bloodwork and Lewis is clinically cured. From this level ahead, he’s a wholesome cat.

It’s been such an extended street. I can’t let you know how grateful I’m that our little cat goes to have a full life.

A group selfie of friends in front of the steeples of a church in front.
SO good to see pals. Image by the Budget Traveller.

My pals came visiting!! It’s been so lengthy since I may say that! One of my favourite issues about residing in New York was that it meant pals have been at all times passing by means of, and I may meet up with them and take them to my favourite spots.

This month, although, my pals Kash and Sabrina and Melvin had work that introduced them to Prague. And we had SUCH a good time exploring town!

Bonus: it’s so good that in Prague you should buy a spherical of beers for you and 6 of your pals for lower than $20. You undoubtedly can’t do THAT in New York (until it’s pleased hour at Uptown Bourbon in Harlem).

Getting to go to an precise occasion with new pals. I joined a pasta-making meetup in Prague. Everyone was both vaccinated or had been examined. It felt INCREDIBLE to truly meet up with strangers! (And a loopy coincidence — on the meetup I met a man who labored with my dad in Boston within the 90s!)

Celebrating an anniversary. Charlie and I marked the event with dinner with the very best view in Prague — at Coda on the Aria Hotel, the place our good friend Honza is the chef. It was fan-bloody-tastic and I extremely suggest it should you’re celebrating an important day right here.

Two glasses clinking together in cheers, an aperol spritz and a glass of champagne, overlooking the orange roofs of Prague at sunset.
Celebrating our anniversary atop Prague.


One of the individuals I used to be touring with in Croatia insulted my look in entrance of a number of of our colleagues. I do know that sounds loopy to listen to, however should you hear the total story, you’ll get it, and doubtless be offended as effectively. The full story is on my Patreon.

And actually, this incident despatched me into an anxiousness tailspin. This lady actually fucked with my head. Things received so dangerous that I used to be afraid to speak to anybody. I needed to summon all my vitality to even go away my resort room.

Lewis began CLIMBING. Earlier this month we heard an odd noise, circled, and Lewis was on prime of the 8.5-foot bed room door. He had no thought find out how to get down and we needed to rescue him. Then he began climbing the closet within the entryway by leaping from the bottom to the medium shelf, to the highest of the door, and swinging to the highest of the closet!! What somewhat acrobat!

We have been freaked out at first, however now we’ve made lodging so Lewis can climb up and down safely. And if we ever need him to return down, all we have to do is shake the treats!

Murray isn’t pretty much as good of a climber, however he is ready to stand up to 1 excessive shelf. (Lewis doesn’t prefer it. He bites him when he comes up there.)

One of the cats pooped in the midst of the evening and it smelled so dangerous IT WOKE US UP. I see you, Murray.

Lewis and Murray, two gray tabby kittens with white bellies and white paws, sitting on top of a tall white shelf and looking at the camera as if to say, "Who, us?"
My little ragamuffins.

Blog Posts of the Month

Exploring Vis, Croatia: A Travel Guide — Vis is considered one of my absolute favourite locations in Croatia. No different island is prefer it, which is why I like to recommend visiting after you’ve already been to different Croatian islands.

12+ Best Day Trips from Boston — If you reside in New England, you’ll need to save this information! I’m glad to lastly write about my favourite locations to go to near the place I grew up, like Newburyport and Portsmouth and the Maine Diner.

33 Best Things to Do within the Berkshires — I cherished my time within the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts this previous May. I can’t imagine it took me this lengthy to go to! Here’s why you must think about going this summer time.

Kate glamour selfie. Kate wears a white off the shoulder Derek Lam top with black polka dots, oversized black Tom Ford sunglasses, gold-edged black Kendra Scott drop earrings, and hot pink lipstick. She holds a glass of champagne and stands on a rocky beach in Croatia.
Back in my ingredient. Designer vogue, vibrant lipstick, Croatia, champagne.

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales that you could entry from $6 per 30 days. We even have a personal Facebook group and members get free entry to the Book Club every month.

This month, I wrote in depth concerning the terrible factor that occurred in Croatia with the lady who insulted my look. It turned my most-commented-on story on Patreon but.

I additionally wrote a full story about an individual I met on my travels who I’ve continued to fulfill up with through the years. And that’s all I’ll say about that…

The large gothic church in Karlín, Prague, surrounded by a park and trees flush with leaves.
My pretty Prague neighborhood of Karlín, timber flush with leaves.

Book Club This Month

Our subsequent ebook membership might be Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen, a meals memoir by a Vietnamese-American woman making an attempt to grasp (and falling in love with) American meals tradition. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine a date for the following ebook membership, however on account of my journey schedule and Canadian holidays, it seems like it will likely be pushed to mid-August.

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What I Watched This Month

Mare of Easttown!! What an superior present! The solid! THE ACCENTS!! We really waited till the finale aired, then watched every episode, ending the collection inside every week. Maybe that wasn’t the optimum option to watch it, however what an amazing week that was.

Some individuals identified that it wasn’t the best thriller of all time, that there have been just a few plot holes. You know what? I don’t even care! More than something, this was a research a couple of suburban city in decline the place actually everybody is aware of everybody. Plus, all of the Delco accents.

Anyway, give Kate Winslet all of the Emmys. I like her.

Also, I watched Indian Matchmaking, which began off SO STRONG and ended up so disappointing on the finish. Man, I cherished the early episodes, however the ending was an insult to everybody who invested their time and it made me want I hadn’t watched within the first place.

A plate of dishes at a new restaurant, Kro: Charlie has a beer and a roasted chicken drenched in butter chicken sauce; Kate has an orange cocktail and a fried chicken sandwich. Between us is a bowl of kimchi (not REALLY kimchi but kimchi-inspired), bright pink Korean-style marinated cabbage.
Sampling the dishes at Kro, a brand new restaurant in our neighborhood.

What I Listened To This Month

There’s a popular culture obsession of mine that I’m fairly certain I haven’t shared with you — the Duggars. The loopy fundamentalist Christian household with 19 children and the present on TLC. Not as a result of I love them. I’m simply fascinated and horrified by them, and I’m actually in on-line communities dedicated to snarking them.

Most of the snarking is enjoyable. Sometimes it’s critical. This spring, Josh Duggar was arrested for the possession of kid intercourse abuse photos; he goes to trial November 30. The present has since been canceled and there’s a rising rift between family members, as increasingly of their secrets and techniques get uncovered.

So this month I began listening to Some Place Under Neith, a podcast that dives deep into circumstances about lacking girls. They have a number of episodes about IBLP, the fundamentalist church to which the Duggars belong, and now they’re doing a number of episodes about Josh Duggar. They are connecting a LOT of dots that no person else has found out but, notably in terms of dates, and it was a very fascinating hear.

Prague's Old Town Square underneath a blue sky, filled with pastel crenellated buildings and a tall column in the center. Suspiciously empty, as tourists have not yet come back.
Old Town Square, quiet earlier than the vacationers return.

What I Read This Month

This month I learn 4 new books, making a complete of 38 for the 12 months thus far. I learn two extra books within the Book Riot #ReadTougher 2021 problem and am 17 out of 24 books into the problem.

Yearbook by Seth Rogen (2021) — This is a memoir by Seth Rogen, and that’s actually all you want to know. Rogen tells every kind of tales, from his formative years in Vancouver by means of his years in Hollywood. There’s numerous humor. There are numerous medication. And this is perhaps your new favourite audiobook, as a result of there’s nothing higher than listening to these tales informed by Rogen’s inimitable voice.

This ebook is fucking hilarious — and it’s the best-produced audiobook I’ve ever listened to. It has a full solid (together with lots of the celebrities he writes about) and background noises that actually carry you into the setting, whether or not it’s Vegas or Jewish summer time camp, the Oscars or Joshua Tree, tripping on acid. And the celeb encounters made me howl, particularly those with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Nicolas Cage! If you’re taking a street journey this summer time, I extremely suggest getting this for the automobile trip!

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers (2013) (#ReadTougher class: a meals memoir by an individual of colour) — Chef Marcus Samuelsson was most well-known for his background: born in Ethiopia, adopted by Swedish mother and father, educated in Europe, blossomed in New York. But he wished to be often called a chef, interval. This ebook chronicles his outstanding profession journey, from cooking along with his Swedish grandmother to creating an iconic restaurant in Harlem.

Samuelsson’s restaurant Red Rooster was one of many explanation why I moved to Harlem — it was so magic, I wished to be a part of the neighborhood. I cherished this ebook as a result of I really like memoirs about work, and this one actually illustrated simply how a lot onerous work it took to get him to the highest of his sport.

However. There is one half that actually put me off (and, in keeping with GoodReads, a number of different readers). Samuelsson received a friend-with-benefits pregnant when he was 21. She determined to have the newborn. Though his mom constructed a relationship along with his daughter, he didn’t meet her till she was 14. And although they finally constructed a relationship, and I respect him for really together with one thing that made him look dangerous in his memoir, there was a LOT of awkwardness round this topic, particularly since she wasn’t even included in his acknowledgements.

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (2010) (#ReadTougher class: a historic fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist) — This novel tells the story of a Palestinian household, from the second they have been faraway from their land in 1948 by means of the current day. Told by means of the eyes of daughter Amal, who goes from a refugee camp to Jerusalem to the United States, this story is an allegory for Palestine.

I imagine that studying is a device for empathy and compassion, and I wished us to learn a ebook informed from the Palestinian standpoint this month as a result of a lot of the western media covers solely the Israeli perspective. This ebook was stunning — however so darkish. It’s like a spiral, every incident within the household’s life worse than the final. Still, there’s some hope to carry onto on the finish.

If you’re not well-versed within the Israeli-Palestinian battle otherwise you don’t perceive it in addition to you’d prefer to (I imply, that’s everybody) — this ebook is a vital device that may show you how to perceive some extent a view that’s too typically ignored.

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway (2018) — Quite rather a lot has been written about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google over the previous decade. But this ebook not solely goes into the historical past of every firm, however evaluates their journey towards being essentially the most highly effective platform of all, and what may presumably lay forward for expertise in our world.

The ebook begins with an extended chapter on every firm, then spends the remainder of the ebook speaking about all of them and their implications. Personally, I loved the deep dives into every firm greater than I loved the opposite chapters, and to be trustworthy, I really sped up the audio so I may get by means of the ebook quicker. I’d have been pleased to cease studying after the deep dives. Still, an fascinating learn to hearken to on my walks across the metropolis.

I’ll have audibly crowed on the line, “Jeff, have some fucking vision,” on the finish of the Amazon chapter.

A view overlooking Lipari, one of the Aeolian Islands: A tall, volcanic island coming out of the sea, with lots of tall cliffs. In the foreground, lots of cacti and a hand-painted sign directing to the beach (Spiaggia).
Lipari, within the Aeolian Islands, by way of Pixabay.

Coming Up in July 2021

FINALLY, IT’S TIME FOR OUR FIRST BIG POST-VACCINE TRIP! Charlie and I are heading to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the northeast coast of Sicily!!

During the darkest days this previous winter, I targeting a picture of being by the ocean in Italy. Sitting on a terrace, feeling heat breezes, trying over the ocean, consuming fritto misto and consuming a spritz. THAT was what I manifested. The hardest factor was narrowing down which seaside vacation spot in Italy to truly go to!

I’ve been dreaming about visiting the Aeolian Islands ever since studying about them in my Let’s Go: Italy guidebook once I studied overseas in Florence in 2004. Charlie is a big Sicily fan and he’s been excited to go to the Aeolians for a very long time, too.

I’m trying ahead to mountain climbing on Stromboli’s volcano, swimming within the Tyrrhenian Sea, taking boat journeys to all of the totally different islands, staying in stunning boutique lodges (together with one with a killer infinity pool), and consuming tons of native delicacies, like pane cunzato, a flatbread lined with native tomatoes, onions, mozzarella, and capers. Plus all of the gelato and granita!

We might be going for 2 full weeks. We are beginning with three nights in Milazzo on the mainland (partly as a result of our flights to Sicily have been rescheduled two days earlier — no complaints right here!), then three nights on Stromboli, 5 nights on Salina, two on Lipari, and one evening in Catania on the mainland earlier than we fly again.

Even although I’m absolutely vaccinated, that doesn’t imply I’m able to journey wherever and do something. At this time limit, I really feel comfy visiting locations have low charges of COVID and are vaccinating decently, the place you spend most of your time open air. Those are the sorts of journeys I might be prioritizing this summer time, and sure for the remainder of the 12 months. And the Aeolian Islands are an ideal match so far as that goes.

I can’t wait.

Any options for the Aeolian Islands? Share away!

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