AK Month-to-month Recap: April 2023

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Effectively, one thing very massive occurred this month — Charlie and I acquired married! After almost 4 years collectively, we had town corridor wedding ceremony of our desires on April 28, 2023.

This was the primary of our three weddings — the small, authorized wedding ceremony. After this one we’ve our massive Prague wedding ceremony in late Might, and our smaller Boston wedding ceremony in early July.

Learn on for the marriage — and extra adventures on this previous month.

Kate and Charlie posing over the skyline view of Prague, gothic churches in the background. Kate wears a white fascinator and suit; Charlie wears a navy suit with a purple tie and a boutonniere.
Simply married!

Locations Visited

  • Prague, Karlštejn, Únětice, and Karlovy Differ, Czech Republic
Charlie and Kate stand in a busy pub, clinking pints of beer.  They wear wedding outfits (Charlie in a navy suit and purple tie, and Kate in an ivory skirt suit and fascinator) and Kate carries a bouquet of pale pink and purple flowers.
Kantyna is our place…after all we went there after our wedding ceremony!


Getting married! It was an superior day and we had a blast!

Some particulars: I wore an ivory Gaâla skirt go well with with an identical fascinator and gold Jonak pumps. Charlie wore a navy go well with with a white shirt and a purple tie. I carried a cat-safe bouquet with pale pink roses and freesia; Charlie wore an identical boutonniere.

We walked into the city corridor on Outdated City Sq.; made vows that had been officiated by a metropolis councilor carrying numerous gold medals; listened to overvalued organ variations of Mozart’s overture to The Magic Flute, Tonight from West Facet Story, All You Want is Love by the Beatles, and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (we had to decide on 4 songs from a very random assortment!); signed some papers; and walked out of the constructing right into a crowd ready for the astronomical clock to do its hourly present.

Our pals Klara and Aeon served as witnesses. Afterward we headed throughout the road to U Prince, a rooftop bar with the most effective view over the sq., and shared a bottle of Prosecco. Then we headed to Kantyna, our favourite restaurant, for carpaccio, tartare, steak, and beer. Then a cupcake place close by. Then Bugsy’s Bar for craft cocktails. And a return residence at an inexpensive hour!

All in all, an excellent day, and I’m so glad I acquired to have the easy courthouse wedding ceremony expertise. It actually pares it all the way down to what issues.

If you happen to’re planning an advanced wedding ceremony — a number of nationalities or places — I extremely advocate doing the authorized wedding ceremony by yourself forward of time! It’s such a aid to know that the paperwork is DONE so we are able to deal with having a good time.

The city of Karlovy Vary, with tall crenellated buildings in pale colors lining a calm river, people walking alongside the river. Surrounded by hills in each direction.
Karlovy Differ made an ideal low-key getaway from Prague!

Micro-mooning in Karlovy Differ. The day after the marriage, Charlie and I headed to Karlovy Differ, a beautiful spa city in West Bohemia, simply an hour and 45 minutes from Prague. What a implausible little place! I can’t consider it took so lengthy for me to go to.

We stayed on the five-star Lodge Olympik and loved a balcony with a view over city, in addition to a spa within the basement. A number of the highlights had been strolling across the city and sipping on spa waters from our particular cups, mountaineering down from the hill above city and having fun with the views; spending a day on the heated out of doors pool at Lodge Thermal; and consuming a lot of nice meals, particularly at Le Marché.

I couldn’t think about heading off on an enormous honeymoon instantly after a marriage. Most of my pals have carried out low-key weekends away after their weddings, saving the honeymoon for a later date, and I can now verify that that’s a GREAT thought.

(As for the massive honeymoon, what’s subsequent? In June, we’re going to the island of Ischia for a couple of days, and in November and December we’re going to Chile and Argentina for a MONTH!)

A path leading to a castle tower underneath a stormy gray sky.
Karlštejn Fortress was value a brief day journey from Prague!

Visiting Karlštejn Fortress. This fortress is situated simply outdoors Prague within the city of Karlštejn, and it’s one of the crucial in style day journeys from Prague. You may get there by practice in case you’d like, although we ended up driving.

Value visiting? Certain. It was attention-grabbing to see. I actually loved the tour and a few of the uncommon architectural options of the fortress, like a cool wood-patterned room. Do I believe it’s the finest day journey from Prague, although? No. That may be Kutná Hora, which I believe packs a a lot greater punch.

Having fun with the primary lovely day of the yr in Únětice. I point out Únětice on my listing of surprising issues to do in Prague, and we went to the brewery to take pleasure in a Celtic competition. It was completely GORGEOUS — and super-crowded. Everybody was having fun with the sunshine and a few beers!

Easter markets in Prague. Do you know that Prague has Easter markets? They’re fairly just like the Christmas markets (in reality…almost equivalent, aside from swapping out the handicrafts), solely they’re within the spring months. Enjoyable instances.

Selecting my birthday journey. I haven’t gone on a visit for my final two birthdays, and actually needed to this yr. So Charlie and I are going to Montenegro and Croatia! We’ll be doing a couple of new issues — staying in Perast fairly than my regular Kotor, and visiting new locations, like Durmitor Nationwide Park in Montenegro and the Elafiti Islands in Croatia.

Three little gray cats sitting together on a hardwood floor, looking at the camera with wide eyes.
Baliček, Lewis, and Murray: the brand new three musketeers!


Conserving the house clear with three cats. Baliček, our pals’ cat, spent many of the month with us, and he’s the sweetest, most loving cat, waking us up by purring on the high of his lungs.

Nonetheless, the dude is messy. When he’s at his home, he makes use of a lined litter field and flings the litter in one million instructions. However at our home, we’ve open litter bins and if an open litter field is an possibility, he’ll go there and fling litter all around the rest room!

You’d assume the answer can be shopping for lined litter bins for all. NOPE. Murray is fearful of lined litter bins, and if he sees one, even when there’s an open litter field subsequent to it, he will get so scared, he goes into one other room and pees on the ground.

So this was a month of fixed sweeping and vacuuming and yelling, “Noooooo!” when Baliček turned the lavatory into the Sahara for the fifth time that day.

After which Baliček needed to go residence, and I cried. He and Murray actually acquired to be good pals! (Lewis tolerated him.) However seeing him curled up in his two-year-old human sister’s arms was value it.

Making a rookie cheese mistake. This month our dishwasher and freezer had been on their final legs, so we determined to switch them each, in addition to the fridge. (In Prague, this isn’t one thing the owner covers — even while you hire, you pay to your personal giant home equipment.)

Effectively, this occurred to coincide with French week at Lidl, with a lot of cool cheeses on the market. We purchased a couple of and launched them to the brand new fridge.

It’s been a couple of weeks and THE BRAND NEW FRIDGE STILL SMELLS LIKE STINKY FRENCH CHEESE. We messed that one up!!

Crowds of people sitting at an outdoor beer garden, drinking beer in the sunshine.
First heat day of the yr? Head to a beer backyard! We headed to Únětice.

Weblog Posts of the Month

21 Quirky and Uncommon Issues to Do in Prague — Wow, I lastly wrote a Prague publish! And it’s an AWESOME one! Listed below are some superior issues to do in Prague past seeing the fortress and the Charles Bridge. That is what my pals and I do round Prague!

17 Greatest Prague Eating places — One other long-overdue Prague publish! I wrote this so I can have one thing simple to ship to individuals who need to know the place they need to eat. Prague has a FANTASTIC eating scene and you need to go manner past Czech meals right here.

29 Cool Issues to Do in Zagreb, Croatia — It was about time I lastly revealed a devoted Zagreb publish to complement all my Croatia content material! Zagreb is totally value visiting, even in case you’re solely in Croatia for the islands and seashores.

A red and yellow Bohemian building underneath a blue sky, surrounded by an overgrown lawn in the spring.
I like when spring brings Prague again to life!

This Month on Patreon

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

This month, I truly wrote about considered one of my non-travel hobbies — thrifting low-cost designer garments on-line. I completely LOVE doing this, however the stakes are excessive when you may’t attempt gadgets on and you may’t return them. I used to make SO many errors, however now I’m good at it, so I made a decision to share my finest suggestions.

I share a ton of suggestions for ensuring you’re shopping for a bit you’ll truly love carrying. (One underrated tip — DOUBLE CHECK THAT YOUR BLACK ITEM IS NOT ACTUALLY NAVY BLUE. This has occurred a number of instances. So many individuals can’t inform the distinction between navy blue and black!)

I additionally shared some extra wedding ceremony images within the Patreon on the day of the marriage — fast publish and go!

And eventually, I shared a behind-the-scenes a few enterprise catastrophe that I went by way of as soon as, the way it exploded, and the way I acquired by way of it and acquired it collectively.

A view from above of Karlovy Vary, with pastel-colored buildings nestled into the hills.
Karlovy Differ was dreamy!

Guide Membership This Month

Our subsequent guide membership will happen on Sunday, June 4, at 1:00 PM Jap Time. We might be studying Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu, an American writer of Armenian and Ghanaian heritage. This was considered one of 2021’s buzziest memoirs, and made numerous the “better of the yr” lists.

You can sign up for the book club here. Patreon members have entry within the Patreon.

“Younger Nadia Owusu adopted her father, a United Nations official, from Europe to Africa and again once more. Simply as she and her household settled into a brand new residence, her father would inform them it was time to say their good-byes. The instability wrought by Nadia’s nomadic childhood was deepened by household secrets and techniques and fractures, each lived and inherited.

Her Armenian American mom, who deserted Nadia when she was two, would periodically reappear, solely to fade once more. Her father, a Ghanaian, the nice hero of her life, died when she was 13. After his passing, Nadia’s stepmother weighed her down with a revelation that was both a bombshell secret or a lie, rife with shaming innuendo.

With these and different ruptures, Nadia arrived in New York as a younger girl feeling stateless, motherless, and unsure about her future, but keen to search out her personal id. What adopted, nevertheless, had been intervals of despair by which she struggled to carry herself and her siblings collectively.

“An impressive, complicated evaluation of selfhood and why it issues” (Elle), Aftershocks depicts the way in which she hauled herself from the wreckage of her life’s perpetual quaking, the means by which she has lastly come to know that the one floor agency sufficient to depend on is the one written into existence by her personal hand.”

Kate posing in a mirror wearing a short-sleeved button-up jumpsuit with flared legs. It's navy blue with a pattern of pink roses, green leaves, and white flower chains.

Trend Discover of the Month

Typically you discover a designer merchandise on the market that provides you good vibes — after which it arrives and matches like a DREAM. For me it was this Sandro jumpsuit. I fell in love with it the second I noticed it. I double-checked the lie-flat measurements, decided it will match, and ordered it.

Then it was delivered and I couldn’t consider how PERFECTLY it match me!! Jumpsuits may be actually powerful to get proper, however this was made for me. I didn’t even should hem the legs! (As a result of it’s technically a cropped jumpsuit and I’m 5’4″ so the legs had been regular for as soon as!)

And I’ve an event to put on it — for my bachelorette afternoon tea the day earlier than our Boston wedding ceremony.

Kate wearing black satin cargo pants, a black top and a denim jacket, in front of a church.

I additionally discovered the BEST pants this month. Black satin cargo pants by Maje, most likely my favourite model of the second. I did purchase these new, they usually had been dear, however THEY FALL SO PERFECTLY AND BEAUTIFULLY. I really feel like a member of TLC in them!

I attempted these on on the Maje retailer in Prague, on a whim — then promptly tried on ten pairs of cheaper black satin cargo pants from different shops simply to see if I may love them for much less. And the entire low-cost ones had been horrible by comparability. Oh properly. I ordered the great ones by way of the Farfetch app and acquired 10% off.

I acquired them hemmed on the tailor, and I plan to put on them a LOT this summer time.

What I Watched This Month

Yellowjackets is again! Yellowjackets might be my favourite present of the previous few years — a drama a few ladies’ highschool soccer group that crashed within the Canadian Rockies and had been stranded there for years. There have been at all times rumors that they resorted to cannibalism, which they denied, however what REALLY occurred on the market?

I received’t spoil something, however I’ll say that season two has DELIVERED SATISFYINGLY, and that’s earlier than what persons are calling the most effective episode of the season airs this Friday.

I additionally watched Daisy Jones & the Six, a miniseries that I very a lot loved. I had learn the guide beforehand. I cherished the aesthetics and numerous the music was so a lot better than it needed to be! Whereas I believe it may have been stretched out into extra episodes, and there have been a couple of too many cliches for my style, it was a enjoyable watch.

Beneath Deck replace: Charlie and I’ve now completed Beneath Deck Med seasions 3-5, Beneath Deck seasons 8-9, Beneath Deck Crusing Yacht season 1, and are midway by way of the one season of Beneath Deck Down Below.

Our takeaways from Crusing Yacht Season One: Captain Glenn is cool! Crusing appears to be like like the other of luxurious! These get together dudes from Lengthy Island had been the worst company of all time! And the Jenna-Adam romance is probably one of many worst on-show romances ever between two horrible folks!

Our takeaways from Beneath Deck Down Below Season One: Aesha is the most effective! Forking the anchor is insane! Chef Ryan is the worst human they’ve ever had on this present! Culver the mulleted leisure officer is hilarious! Captain Jason is cool!

Kate's hand with a gold engagement ring next to a thin curved band with three small diamonds. She has a pale pink metallic manicure.
Love the rings, love the nails, love the bouquet, adore it all!

What I Learn This Month

The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz (2022) — This novel tells the story of the sad Oppenheimer household. After years of fertility issues, dad and mom Johannah and Sallo welcome triplets in 1982 — three of the primary take a look at tube infants. However the triplets despise one another from start, nothing just like the glad household Johannah had envisioned, and as they’re about to enter school, she decides to convey their closing frozen embryo to start. This latecomer throws their lives into additional chaos.

My sister really useful this guide to me, and I’m so glad she did — it’s most likely my favourite guide of the yr to this point. This can be a lengthy, in-depth research of a household, and all of the crises, main and minor, that befall them. And the miracle is that not one of the characters are likable — critically, none of them — however I needed to spend a lot extra time with them, studying about what led them to be the way in which they had been. Truthfully, this guide may have been twice as lengthy!

I extremely advocate getting this as an audiobook if potential — the guide is narrated by award-winning voice actor Julia Whelan, and her efforts make it such a pleasure to take heed to. I walked a LOT whereas listening to this.

I’m transferring on to extra of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s work now, beginning with The Plot.

The dancing house in Prague: a building that looks like two figures, one stately and tall, and one leaning back with a full skirt.
Our Prague wedding ceremony ceremony will happen very near the Dancing Home.

Coming Up in Might 2023

It’s the BIG Prague wedding ceremony month! Our Prague wedding ceremony is going down on the finish of the month, and persons are flying in from around the globe. We’re having about 100 company whole.

(Sure, in case you comply with different journey bloggers who preserve mentioning they’ve an upcoming journey to Prague for a marriage — it’s mine. Hehehe. We’ve acquired numerous journey blogger pals coming, and I respect their discretion.)

Since lots of people are coming from so far-off, we’re including in a number of actions and occasions, making it right into a three-day extravaganza. Past that, we need to present our family members the most effective of Prague in late spring, its finest time of yr.

That’s the one and solely factor going down in Might! Can’t wait to have fun with tons of family and friends.

What are your plans for Might 2023? Share away!