AK Month-to-month Recap: June 2023


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This month was the calm between the storms. With our Prague wedding ceremony ending on the finish of Might and our Boston wedding ceremony beginning originally of July, June can be a time to relaxation, regroup, and take off to Italy for a number of days.

Nah, I’m kidding. It might be a time to panic, stress out over the Boston wedding ceremony preparations…and take off to Italy for a number of days.

Right here’s what I acquired as much as in June!

Kate smiling, wearing a straw bucket hat and sunglasses, in front of a small coastal town in Ischia, Italy.
Ciao, Ischia!

Locations Visited

  • Prague, Čerčany, and Týnec nad Sázavou, Czech Republic
  • Naples and Ischia (together with Ischia Porto, Forio, Serrara Fontana, and Lacco Ameno), Italy
  • Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Kate and Charlie taking a smiling selfie on a boat, a castle built on a rock behind them, looking like it's rising out of the sea.
Ischia is a wonderful place for a ship journey!

Highlights

A beautiful mini-moon to Ischia. Charlie and I are saving the large honeymoon for the tip of the yr (Chile and Argentina), however we wished to take a brief getaway in Italy first. Enter Ischia!

Ischia is an island off the coast of Naples, and it’s rapidly develop into one in every of my favourite islands in Italy! Ischia primarily attracts Italians, and Neapolitans particularly, so the island caters to locals slightly than far-afield guests. For instance, you gained’t discover memento outlets on each nook — however you WILL discover tons of mid-range clothes outlets!

Ischia has quite a bit to do for a number of days. Positive, there are seashores, however there are additionally thermal scorching springs, mountains to climb, a stunning fortress set on the ocean, agriturismi dishing up stewed rabbit, and loads of fabulous pizza. One among our favourite actions was taking a personal boat journey across the island, which was much more reasonably priced than you would possibly anticipate.

I’m excited to jot down about Ischia. It deserves to be a significant a part of your go to to southern Italy. Don’t simply go to the Amalfi Coast and transfer on — Ischia is basically price spending a number of days.

Going rafting within the Czech Republic. Czechs LOVE rafting, and I’ve been wanting ahead to doing this for a very long time. 4 of us headed out to the city of Čerčany, rented a raft, and paddled all the way in which to Týnec nad Sázavou, a 14-kilometer journey. A enjoyable time out, even when we needed to drag the raft throughout a number of weirs!

A number of Prague enjoyable. We’re in meals competition season and acquired to go to Žižkov Beer Competition, a pop-up Bubbles Competition, Latin American Competition, and Prague Ice Cream Fest. We had a barbecue on the container bar by the river, hit up some cocktail bars, and went to Tuscany Wine Evening.

Strawberry season! Peak strawberry season hits Prague in June, and this yr we gorged on extra scrumptious native berries. This yr I made the NYT recipe for Strawberry Spoon Cake, which was fabulous and buttery and disappeared INSTANTLY.

Flying enterprise class to Boston. We splurged on enterprise class flights to Boston for our wedding ceremony and this was the primary time I’ve flown British Airways Membership World (long-haul enterprise class). SO good. Flying is definitely enjoyable that manner.

Having fun with our time in Boston. I’ve taken Charlie to Boston a number of occasions, however just for day journeys. It was good to truly keep in a single day — and within the coronary heart of Beacon Hill! I’ve by no means really stayed in Beacon Hill earlier than, but it surely’s a stunning place and good and quiet at evening. (Don’t keep there within the winter, although — these steep hills are harmful when icy.)

We took a experience on the Swan Boats, ate at out of doors eating places within the South Finish, I visited the Sézane popup on Newbury Road, I took Charlie and his dad across the Freedom Path (enhanced with tales from my early-to-mid-twenties, in fact), and my mother and her associate Tom took us on a enjoyable boat experience round Boston Harbor. It’s fairly cool parking your boat on the Barking Crab and strolling on up!

A small uphill cobblestone street lined with stately brick buildings with black shutters, one hanging an old-fashioned American flag from the 19th century.
Strolling on the irregular cobblestones of Acorn Road in Beacon Hill, Boston, was its personal problem…

Challenges

Bank card fraud hell. One among my bank cards acquired compromised final month — however once I acquired the brand new one, as quickly as I acquired it, the identical fraudulent transaction occurred AGAIN. Then it occurred on Charlie’s licensed card on my account as effectively!

It seems that some companies are routinely despatched your new bank card quantity when it updates. I had NO thought this was a factor. Positive, it’s handy once you’re switching fee strategies, but when it’s fraud, you may get charged once more!

Anyway — it took a while with the cardboard firm, however they have been in a position to stop the brand new quantity from being despatched to anybody. What a problem.

Murray swallowed a rubber band. After some preliminary panic, we realized that we simply needed to play the ready sport and dig by way of his poop to ensure it made its manner out (FUN!). It took about 55 hours. Oh, Murray Bear!

Getting caught within the final hailstorm. Charlie and I made a decision to spend a Saturday out gallivanting across the metropolis, and it rapidly become dodging rainstorms. And eventually after we acquired to an out of doors pub, the anticipated brief drizzle become a HAILSTORM with large icy hailstones as we shrank beneath an umbrella!

(I turned it right into a humorous Reel. I need to make extra stuff like this.)

Not having good pillows in Boston. The older I get, the extra I would like good pillows with the intention to sleep. However I solely keep in mind to carry my journey contour pillow 50% of the time, and I foolishly didn’t carry it to Boston.

These Boston pillows have been terrible — the type of down pillows the place your head simply falls into them and your neck has no assist. I didn’t notice how unhealthy it was till 4 days in when my total physique was hurting. Get a great journey pillow, individuals!

A menu of strange ice cream flavors including durian, damask rose, coco kefir with dill, and espresso with orange.
Ice cream fest was a enjoyable time out in Prague!

Weblog Posts of the Month

Finest 14-Day Croatia Itinerary — Wow, was this submit overdue! I’m so glad I lastly wrote it — and made it nearly as good a chunk as I might, even together with little extensions in Istria and Montenegro.

28 Fabulous Issues to Do in Naples, Italy — Naples may be my new favourite metropolis in Italy. What an unimaginable place!! Too many individuals falsely see it as harmful (sadly Fb feedback acquired out of hand on this one…), however those that have hung out there not too long ago know what it’s really like.

Two gray tabby cats with white bellies and white paws sitting side by side next to a bed.
Murray and Lewis: the 2 cutest cats on the planet.

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales which you could entry for $6 monthly. We even have a personal Fb group and members get free entry to the Guide Membership every month.

This month, I shared two items of content material — my downloadable 36-page information towards touring in Croatia for 2 weeks, which is on the market on the weblog submit and so they acquired totally free, in addition to one other downloadable Croatia information I made as a lead magnet, and a marriage pictures preview.

This month goes to be a heavier month to make up for final month being on the lighter aspect. I really feel like breaking down one of the best seaside locations in Italy and which of them are greatest for which individuals.

Kate and three friends rafting in a big yellow raft with oars. They all wear hats and sunglasses to ward off the sun.
An important day for rafting within the Czech Republic!

Guide Membership This Month

Our subsequent ebook membership will happen in August — on Sunday, August 13, at 7:00 PM ET. We shall be studying Within the Shadow of the Mountain by Peruvian creator and adventurer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado.

“Infinite ice. Skinny air. The specter of dropping into nothingness 1000’s of toes beneath. That is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her page-turning, pulse-raising memoir chronicling her journey to Mount Everest.

A Latina hero within the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep within the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her household, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a baby, she began climbing. One thing in regards to the brute power required for the ascent—the danger and spirit and sheer measurement of the mountains and demise’s shut proximity—woke her up. She then took her greatest ache as a survivor to the most important mountain: Everest.

‘The Mom of the World,’ because it’s identified in Nepal, permits few to achieve her summit, however Silvia didn’t go alone. She gathered a gaggle of younger feminine survivors and led them to base camp alongside her. It was by no means straightforward. At occasions hair-raising, nerve-racking, and all the time difficult, Silvia remembers the acute nervousness of main a gaggle of novice climbers to Everest’s base, all of the whereas coping along with her personal nerves of summiting. However, there have been additionally moments of peace, pleasure, and therapeutic with the power of her fellow survivors and group propelling her ahead.

Within the Shadow of the Mountain is a exceptional story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for journey, an urge for food for danger, and religion in our personal resilience.”

You may be taught extra in regards to the ebook and purchase it right here.

You may signal as much as attend the ebook membership right here. Hope to see you there!

Kate wearing a hot pink outfit: a matching top and shorts in hot pink. The top has elbow-length voluminous sleeves, the shorts are short, and both have a paisley cutout pattern in the fabric.
I. Am. Barbie.

Trend Discover of the Month

I jumped by way of 1,000,000 hoops for an outfit this month — and it was price it! I’m an enormous fan of the French model Maje, and for months I’ve been eyeing this matching pink openwork high and shorts combo. This month, it went on sale. HUGE sale. FINAL sale.

Right here’s the factor — regardless of the actual fact that there’s a Maje retailer actually in Prague, nearly nothing goes on sale there. And regardless of THAT, they don’t ship anyplace within the Czech Republic (!!). Sure, they’ve an EU web site, but it surely solely ships to the Netherlands, Portugal, and Luxembourg. (Additionally they ship to Germany, France, and the US on country-specific websites.)

I went by way of EVERY choice. I might ship to the US, as I used to be about to move there, however US costs have been far more costly. I might order the outfit from Farfetch, which ships Maje garments to the Czech Republic, however there was no sale there.

I really thought of taking the bus to the following retailer — Leipzig, Germany — for the day, however they didn’t have the outfit in inventory.

Then a number of associates in numerous international locations kindly provided to obtain the package deal and ship it on to me. I took my good friend Ali in Berlin up on her provide. I shipped it in a single day to her, and had FedEx choose it up and ship it to me the following day.

It suits, it’s fabulous, and I’m READY for the Barbie film!! However I most likely gained’t go to this a lot hassle for an outfit once more!

A Neapolitan margherita pizza with a puffy crust, mozzarella, tomato, and lots of basil leaves.
Pizzeria 3.0 Ciro Cascella in Naples is one in every of my new favourite pizza spots.

Aspect Tasks Replace

That is the month that New Hampshire Means, my New Hampshire web site, went from making a not-quite-enough-to-live-on-income to a yeah-I-could-live-on-that-income. How? Excessive season, child!

That is the primary time I’ve had Mediavine adverts working throughout excessive season, and the distinction is STARK. New Hampshire would possibly technically be a year-round vacation spot (effectively, apart from mud season within the spring), however I’m realizing the sheer distinction in numbers for summer season journey.

The excellent news is that this site visitors surge ought to proceed by way of mid-October for fall foliage season earlier than quieting down once more. I would like to determine how one can maximize it within the meantime.

Most Fashionable Reel on Instagram

I would like you to know that I’ve been making main adjustments on Instagram currently, posting a number of enjoyable Reels about completely different journey and life content material. I might like to have you ever observe me at @adventurouskate! And sure, I’m on Threads too!

This month’s hottest Reel is in regards to the Peter Pan Afternoon Tea I did final summer season at Aqua Shard in London. It is a fabulous afternoon tea — the meals is scrumptious, the theme is on level, and the placement is magical, making you are feeling such as you’re flying above London.

You may watch it right here. Put it in your checklist to your subsequent London go to!

What I Watched This Month

Okay everybody — Anyone Someplace is my new favourite present. You’ll LOVE THIS SHOW, which airs on HBO.

This present is about Sam, a forty-something girl who returned to her Kansas hometown to care for her dying sister. The present begins six months after her passing and opens with Sam assembly a brand new good friend, Joel. The 2 of them are misfits who hit it off immediately, and he introduces her to a brand new group.

Some individuals name this a “coming of center age story.” Greater than something, it’s about discovered household and constructing an unconventional life in a midwestern small city. It’s created by comic Bridget Everett, who stars as Sam.

This present is light, small-towny, and wickedly humorous. It’s filling the opening that Parks & Rec left in my coronary heart. And I like that it stars a 50-something plus-sized girl and a forged of average-looking individuals (together with queer characters which are really well-rounded). I can’t suggest it sufficient. There are solely 14 25-minute episodes.

Beneath Deck replace: This month, Charlie and I completed Beneath Deck: Crusing Yacht Season Two — and I can now say that is THE BEST SEASON OF BELOW DECK EVER. Don’t watch it to your first season ever — put it aside.

This season has EVERYTHING — a reliable crew that may deal with a real emergency! A scary boat crash! An really nice chief stew! Some actually bizarre company! A hookup between a boss and his worker on the FIRST NIGHT! Chaotic bisexuals! An STI scare! Hilarious cuts to Captain Glenn watching alien documentaries! AND A SCANDAL THAT YOU DON’T FIND OUT UNTIL THE REUNION!

Charlie and I’ve now had sufficient time away from Captain Sandy and Malia after the MARITIME LAW scandal of season 5 that we’re prepared to return to the Med. We’ve began Beneath Deck Med: Season Six and I’ll report extra on it subsequent month.

Kate and Charlie riding a small white boat in Boston, posing in front of the harbor with Legal Sea Foods in the background.
An important day for a ship experience in Boston!

What I Learn This Month

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu (2021) — Nadia grew up residing between cultures — daughter of a Ghanian father who died when she was 13 and an Armenian American mom who deserted her when she was two; residing her life between Italy, Ethiopia, Tanzania, ending in New York; a stepmother who weaponized a secret; looking for her manner on the planet. Her life’s greatest moments are characterised as earthquakes — therefore aftershocks.

This ebook is heavy — however when you give it the time and house it deserves, will probably be rewarding for you. You get so deep into Owusu’s head that if I met her on the road in New York, I might flip and stroll away as a result of I felt like I knew too many private issues about her.

On the floor, her life story is so unhappy. However it’s genuinely, fantastically advised, and he or she has a novel voice that I’d like to listen to far more of. (And truthfully, it type of jogged my memory of how significantly better Matthew Perry’s memoir might have been if he had had an honest editor.)

The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe (2021) — Essentially the most well-known couple on the Titanic was the Astors — John Jacob Astor, 47, who perished within the wreck, and Madeleine, his pregnant 18-year-old spouse, who survived. This fictionalized novel tells the story of their courtship and all-too-short marriage.

First off — I swear I began this ebook earlier than the entire Titanic submersible factor occurred! Complete coincidence. I used to be actually to dive into the story of this 17-year-old who married an extremely rich 46-year-old, particularly because it was billed as an epic romance.

Finally, although, I really feel like this ebook didn’t have a plot. It was very “this occurred, then this occurred, then this occurred,” with none narrative arc. Madeleine and Jack had an ideal, flawless relationship on this ebook with out a lot as a disagreement or second of uncertainty (actually? She was 17 and he was 46! Was she REALLY that mature?!). After which they acquired married. After which they have been glad. After which they acquired on the Titanic. Okay.

Kate and Charlie in their wedding dress and suit, on the small suspension bridge in the Boston Public Garden. It's a gray rainy day and they both hold clear umbrellas.
A sneak peak from our wet Boston wedding ceremony day!

Coming Up in July 2023

I’m posting this one third of the way in which into the month. The start of the month was all about our Boston wedding ceremony! After the marriage and every week within the Boston space, we headed to London for a number of days to see Charlie’s household earlier than heading again to Prague.

Past that, that is gearing as much as be a really busy summer season (I’m seeing I didn’t be taught my lesson from my packed-to-the-gills summer season of 2022). Charlie and I’ve two brief journeys — first, a drive down into Salzburg and Tirol for an appointment that we’re turning right into a mini getaway, then a fast journey to Copenhagen.

On the finish of July, we head to Dubrovnik to start a Croatia and Montenegro journey for my thirty ninth birthday. You understand I’m all the time glad to return to those two fantastic international locations, and this time I’m wanting ahead to visiting some new locations — together with Durmitor Nationwide Park and Perast in Montenegro, and Cavtat and the Elafiti Islands in Croatia.

What are you as much as this summer season? Share away!

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