AK Month-to-month Recap: March 2023

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After we climbed down into the cheese cease’s basement, we started introductions. The group was largely People, and largely youthful than us, as anticipated.

“…and we dwell in Prague,” I completed.

“You reside in Prague!” exclaimed the cheese man. “So you reside in probably the most well-liked tourism cities on the earth, and you’ve got free time, what do you do? You go to the different hottest tourism metropolis on the earth.”

I smiled. However on the within, I used to be cringing — and questioning why I used to be so bothered by his remark. Did he suppose WE had been the fundamental bitches of the group?! By no means touring anyplace however the preferred locations? The type of people that suppose Budapest is unique and Mexico is filled with cartels?

I do know he didn’t imply something by it. I ought to have let it roll off. However ever since, I’ve been replaying that remark in my head, and concurrently chastising myself for having the gall to be bothered by that remark within the first place.

Oh nicely. That is March!

Kate and Charlie taking a selfie, wearing sunglasses, in front of the Eiffel Tower.
I like this selfie partly as a result of it blocks the Montparnasse Tower.

Locations Visited

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Paris, France
Rue Cremieux, a small Paris street with brightly pastel-colored buildings.
Pastel-painted Rue Crémieux, probably the most well-known streets in Paris.

Highlights

An exquisite weekend journey to Paris. Charlie wished to go to Paris for his birthday — he had by no means been earlier than — and I deliberate a enjoyable weekend for us that took in lots of cool locations.

Two actions that we particularly loved: a foodie tour of Aligre Market within the twelfth, a extremely great native market, and a cheese tasting experience within the Marais, the place we discovered a lot about French cheeses.

Past that, we ate a LOT of French meals. All the things from steak tartare to macarons to onion soup, crepes, tarte tatin, and many French cheeses.

We did have just a few points with the present turmoil in Paris (extra on that under) however total, we had a wonderful little weekend! And now Charlie is suggesting we discover somebody with a Paris house and cats seeking to do a housing trade!

Seeing King Lear in Prague. We noticed an exquisite efficiency of King Lear on the Estates Theatre in Prague. I learn King Lear in highschool however by no means noticed it carried out till now. It was very good, begin to end.

In the event you get an opportunity, you must see a present on the Estates Theatre. The theater is outfitted in robin’s egg blue, as crenellated as Prague’s buildings, and each seat above orchestra is a field seat, which feels so fancy! Oh, and it’s a fraction of what you’d pay in New York for the same seat.

Three little gray tabby cats sitting on a table and chairs.
Baliček and Lewis and Murray hanging out collectively!

Baliček the cat is again! Our pals’ cat has come to our place for an additional prolonged go to, and it’s been so good having him right here. He’s the sweetest cat. As I sort this, he simply came visiting and tapped my arm along with his paw to say, “Can I soar into your lap?” In fact I let him.

This time he and Lewis and Murray have turn into precise pals who hang around collectively. Baliček and Murray particularly. They love romping round after one another.

The cats acquired into catnip. We needed to maintain Lewis away from catnip throughout his FIP remedy, so we by no means purchased it for the cats, however a little bit pattern got here to us this month. Murray didn’t actually get the purpose, however Lewis was ROLLING on the bottom with huge eyes, like he was at a music pageant, and it was the cutest factor. Baliček loved it, too.

Selecting out marriage ceremony rings. Enjoyable! Neither may be very conventional, however they’re each cool.

Enjoyable instances with pals. We celebrated our little nephew’s first birthday, had an evening out at Kantyna, and my pals Mike and Anne from Honeytrek randomly dropped by Prague for a go to.

A Parisian cafe with an awning topped with red white and blue flowers.
Plenty of cafes in Paris have added flowers and neon indicators to their facades since I used to be right here final.

Challenges

Visiting Paris throughout some turmoil. You’ve in all probability heard concerning the protests, the trash strikes, and different goings-on in Paris as Macron overrode Parliament to lift the retirement age by two years.

The excellent news was that we barely seen something happening; we stayed removed from the protest facilities of Opéra/Madeleine, and the trash situation was solely restricted to sure neighborhoods (fifth/sixth particularly).

The one ache was the day of the final strike, which additionally occurred to be Charlie’s birthday. Whereas public transportation was imagined to be operating however restricted, we discovered that lots of stations had been fully closed and determined to spend the majority of the day strolling. We took a bus at one level that was rerouted and discontinued.

In brief, a little bit of a ache, however doable, and YES, it was nonetheless price visiting Paris at the moment.

Discovering a bit of bone in my mouth and freaking out that I had misplaced a bit of tooth, then going by way of my mouth with a fine-tooth comb to see the place it got here from. Then realizing that nothing was lacking and it in all probability simply confirmed up in meals from our supply. FUN TIMES.

View of a park in Prague with a walking path and a weeping willow underneath a blue sky.
Spring is lastly coming to Prague! Slowly however absolutely!

Weblog Posts of the Month

Sicilian Meals: 30 Iconic Dishes + What to Eat in Sicily — My first regional meals information I’ve ever written! Earlier than my newest journey to Sicily, I made an enormous checklist of each iconic meals I needed to strive for this information, and we really acquired our method by way of it.

The Reality About Visiting Sicily in Winter (Good & Dangerous) — Sicily is often really helpful as one of many warmest locations in Europe within the winter, however that doesn’t inform the entire story. There are lots of good issues about visiting Sicily within the winter — but additionally lots of unhealthy issues. That is my sincere information.

Learn how to Keep at an Agriturismo in Italy — I’ve wished to put in writing this piece endlessly! Staying at an agriturismo is one thing I like to recommend to nearly everybody visiting Italy. Right here’s tips on how to really do it, and the way to decide on the precise one for you.

29 Sunny Issues to Do in Hvar, Croatia — Hvar is WAY greater than only a get together island. It’s the sunniest island within the Adriatic, dwelling to cute small cities, incredible wine, a number of UNESCO World Heritage Websites, and lavender fields.

Murray the gray tabby cat with a white belly and white paws, lying down in a cardboard box.
Murray in a field! (A flowery field from France!)

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales that you would be able to 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 wrote an enormous put up about Paris. Paris is the vacation spot that basically kicked off my journey obsession, beginning with a college journey at age sixteen.

I wove in a number of tales of Paris journeys previous and current, making connections through the years. Together with that first journey, what it was like to go to Paris proper earlier than 9/11 (and the context afterward), and everybody eager to know what “President Boosh” was like.

A theater with a cast taking their bows on stage, the sides of the theater filled with lit up box seats.
King Lear’s curtain name on the Estates Theatre in Prague

Guide Membership This Month

Our subsequent ebook membership will happen on Sunday, April 16, at 1:00 PM Jap Time. (FYI, today occurs to be Orthodox Easter.) We will likely be studying The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Afghan-American writer Jamil Jan Kochai.

“Pen/Hemingway finalist Jamil Jan Kochai ​breathes life into his modern Afghan characters, transferring between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in America. In these arresting tales verging on each comedy and tragedy, usually starring younger characters whose bravado is matched by their tenderness, Kochai as soon as once more captures “a singular, resonant voice, an American teenager raised by Outdated World Afghan storytellers.”

In “Enjoying Metallic Gear Strong V: The Phantom Ache,” a younger man’s online game expertise turns right into a surreal exploration on his personal father’s recollections of struggle and occupation. Set in Kabul, “Return to Sender” follows two married docs pushed by guilt to depart the US and care for his or her fellow Afghans, even when their very own son disappears. A university scholar within the US in “Hungry Ricky Daddy” starves himself in protest of Israeli violence towards Palestine. And within the title story, “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,” we study the story of a person codenamed Hajji, from the angle of a authorities surveillance employee, who turns into entrenched within the immigrant household’s life.

The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Different Tales is a transferring exploration of characters grappling with the ghosts of struggle and displacement—and one which speaks to the rapid political panorama we reckon with at present.”

You can sign up for the book club here. Patreon members have their very own sign-up within the Patreon.

Lewis the gray tabby cat with a white belly and white stripe on his nose, cuddled up next to Kate's leg while she watches Women Talking on an iPad.
Lewis wished to cuddle up whereas I watched Girls Speaking. So glad they received the very best tailored screenplay Oscar!

Facet Initiatives Replace

So what went on in my companies behind the scenes? I added a printable itinerary to a weblog put up, I didn’t announce it anyplace, and it bought three copies with none effort. Enjoyable!

Quite a lot of my journey blogger pals already do that, and it was good to see for myself that it really works. Extra of these will likely be on the way in which.

As for the opposite websites — it’s been a bit quiet on New Hampshire Manner and the opposite web site as I work on tweaking the writing back-end. I did publish a brand new put up on Things to Do in Meredith, NH, my favourite city on Lake Winnipesaukee.

That is my first 12 months with respectable visitors on the New Hampshire web site, so it’s good to watch the visitors slowly ramping up. Spring is mud season in New Hampshire, and never the very best time to go to, however individuals are beginning to plan their summer season journeys now!

Sitting at a French cafe: a bowl of cheese-covered French onion soup and a glass of red wine, while across the table is toast points with foie gras and a glass of white wine.
First cease in Paris? A restaurant. Actually any cafe.

What I Listened To This Month

This month, I’ve been super-engrossed in a podcast referred to as Dead Eyes. It has nothing to do with homicide — it’s really about an actor named Connor Ratcliff who was fired from a small position in Band of Brothers as a result of apparently Tom Hanks thought he had lifeless eyes. That have has haunted him for 20 years since; he even give up appearing for awhile due to it.

So this podcast has been an train in attending to the underside of what really occurred that day — wouldn’t you be devastated if Tom Hanks thought you had lifeless eyes?! — but additionally speaking to a wide range of actors about their greatest highs and lows in present enterprise and tips on how to maintain going.

It’s a incredible hear about vulnerability and the leisure business, and an important episodic podcast if, like me, you wish to sink right into a long-form story that isn’t about homicide.

There are 30 episodes that includes stars like Seth Rogen, Aimee Mann, Jon Hamm, and tons of comedians — and within the ultimate episode, they really acquired Tom Hanks to come back on and speak to Connor about what really occurred on Band of Brothers. I haven’t gotten to that one but however I’m so trying ahead to it!

A hand holding a plate of tacos al pastor with pork and pineapple in a big market area.
Tacos al pastor at Manifesto Market in Prague — sure, you’ll find respectable Mexican meals right here!

What I Watched This Month

This month I made a decision to lastly watch The Leftovers, a three-season HBO drama I had been wanting to observe for a while — and WHAT A SHOW IT WAS. I learn the ebook when it got here out in 2011, however by no means made it to the sequence.

The Leftovers begins three years after the Sudden Departure — an unexplained occasion when 2% of the world’s inhabitants vanished into skinny air, evenly distributed internationally, no rhyme or motive. This plunges the world into chaos, and cults spring up in every single place.

The primary season, which follows the ebook, focuses on folks in a suburban city in New York, together with the police chief making an attempt to maintain the city collectively and a lady who misplaced her husband and two youngsters within the Departure.

The primary season is nice. However the second and third seasons are magnificent. The present strikes to a brand new location — Jarden, Texas, the world’s largest city that didn’t lose a single particular person within the Departure. The present turns into extra religious. Reza Aslan grew to become an government producer, and every episode was crammed with layers and layers of spiritual iconography that you simply received’t even discover until you undergo the episode posts on Reddit.

There’s an episode within the second season referred to as Worldwide Murderer that’s nothing wanting a masterpiece.

Lastly, Justin Theroux could be essentially the most stunning man on display screen since Jude Regulation in The Gifted Mr. Ripley. You stare at him in marvel, considering, “HOW the HELL is a human this handsome?!”

In addition to The Leftovers, I watched The Final of Us this month (nice watch, Bella Ramsey is incredible, and I lastly get why everyone seems to be obsessive about Pedro Pascal). And Yellowjackets simply began up once more and is SO SO SO GOOD! However I’ll get extra into that subsequent month…

Kate takes a selfie with her an Balicek the brown tabby cat with green eyes.
Cuddling with Baliček. He’s far cuddlier than the opposite two.

What I Learn This Month

I didn’t learn something this month. YIKES.

A tree with bright pink cherry blossoms with a pink bicycle below, illuminated by a street lamp at night.
Convey on cherry blossom season!

Coming Up in April 2023

I’m really not going anyplace in April or Might. For good causes — Charlie and I are within the dwelling stretch as we put together to get married! All the things goes to be a blur of working with distributors and serving to our visitors with their journeys to Prague.

Within the meantime, I’m actually trying ahead to springtime in Prague, which is essentially the most stunning time of 12 months right here. It doesn’t fairly really feel like spring but, however I’m assured it will likely be attractive by the tip of the month!

You might need discover that I’ve by no means written any designated Prague weblog posts right here (!) however I’m making {that a} precedence in April, publishing some guides that will likely be useful for our marriage ceremony visitors coming to Prague.

What are you getting as much as this month? Share away!