AK Month-to-month Recap: November 2022

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I really feel like yearly I’m wanting ahead to the winter till it truly begins to occur. Simply as quickly as the primary actual chill units in and it’s time to transition away from mid-weight peacoats to full-on winter coats, it hits me — can I do a complete season of this?

We’re not going to Mexico this winter. We missed the cats an excessive amount of final 12 months, and in addition realized that it doesn’t make sense to go away in January, considered one of our busiest work months of the 12 months.

As a substitute, a Prague winter. Walks by means of parks full of barren bushes. Night snuggles with kittens and cups of tea. Doing all errands by 3:30 PM because the solar is down shortly after. A wanted season of quiet.

However there is no such thing as a such factor as dangerous climate — solely dangerous garments. And with that, I dug out my Uniqlo thermals for the season. I could have purchased them for my journey to Antarctica in 2018, however they’re equally helpful when looking European Christmas markets.

And we’re already making tentative plans to go to Sicily for per week or so in February. Having a little bit of sunshine to sit up for makes all of the distinction.

Kate takes a smiling selfie with sunglasses and long curly brown hair, the orange roofs and white buildings of hilly Lisbon behind her.
Nice to be again in Lisbon!

Locations Visited

Prague, Czech Republic

Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal

Studying, Beverly, Woburn, Braintree, and Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Tamworth, North Conway, Jackson, Wolfeboro, Loudon, Manchester, and Salem, New Hampshire

A red and yellow streetcar coming down a street in Lisbon.

Highlights

A stunning weekend getaway to Lisbon. Charlie and I made a decision to fulfill up for just a few days after his firm’s group assembly in Sevilla and earlier than I flew to Boston. An excellent concept! I hadn’t been to Lisbon in about 10 years, throughout which I used to be a particularly low-budget backpacker.

It was so good spending time with my Lisbon buds, making an attempt out scrumptious eating places and hitting up wine bars. The climate wasn’t the best, however the metropolis was invigorating.

We additionally spent a day in Sintra — an uncharacteristically foggy afternoon in Sintra! We didn’t go all out on exploration, however wandered round and obtained to see just a few of the palaces.

And I had some ideas. Lisbon and Prague have an identical price of dwelling. However I feel issues are usually extra organized and work significantly better in Prague. Then once more, Lisbon has way more sunshine. How would you worth that trade-off?

Enjoyable occasions in Prague. My first-ever go to to the Narodni Museum (Nationwide Museum), and the spotlight for me was its cool assortment of rocks and minerals. And at some point the climate was superbly sunny and foggy on the similar time, which made for uncommon images!

A pleasant journey residence for Thanksgiving. It was nice to see my household and have all of the meals, spend time with mates, and I obtained QUITE a lot of errands achieved over that weeklong journey!

A big group photo of 75 38-year-olds, all but one of them white.
Sure, I went to a particularly white highschool.

My twentieth highschool reunion. 20 years!! I can not imagine it’s been that lengthy. However it was an ideal occasion. We had about 80 individuals there, and it was nice catching up with everybody. It’s all the time a pleasing shock to learn the way lots of my classmates learn my weblog!

This was additionally my first time masking at a big indoor occasion the place just about everybody was unmasked. I didn’t need a repeat of the convention just a few months in the past the place dozens of individuals obtained COVID.

My buddy Beth and I have been the one ones in masks (we did take them off for images), and truthfully, it was no large deal. Properly-worth hedging in opposition to long-term COVID harm.

A enjoyable New Hampshire day with my dad. I wished to cowl some vacation occasions this 12 months on the New Hampshire website, so we attended the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour in Jackson and the Present of Lights in Loudon, plus gallivanting to the Moat Mountain Brewery, North Conway, Chocorua Lake, Tamworth Distilling, and Lone Wolfe Brewery (which I had lengthy wished to cowl on my New Hampshire Breweries information).

Discovering marriage ceremony sneakers. I used to be dreading the marriage shoe search, since a bout with tendinitis 15 years in the past has left me needing good arch assist always. And formal sneakers with good arch assist are powerful to seek out.

Properly, what have you learnt…I discovered a pair of gold wedges lined with rhinestones for simply $49.99 at DSW! They aren’t orthotic, however they’ll just do positive!

I additionally obtained my marriage ceremony earrings (tremendous glamorous and dangly to go along with the Previous Hollywood vibes), a hair comb, a beaded white purse (why not?), and Charlie and I settled on the bridesmaid colours: 5 dusty, dreamy lilacs and blues.

I did my hair and make-up trial for the Boston marriage ceremony, which I believed was early at eight months out, till my artist informed me she has some individuals do it a 12 months or extra out (which appears insane). I employed the identical artist who did my sister’s hair and make-up for her marriage ceremony in September. It’s so nice to have somebody who will get your imaginative and prescient and runs with it.

Lewis the gray tabby cat sitting in a green dish-drying tray.
Lewis has a brand new favourite spot.

Challenges

Getting a chilly close to the tip of my time in Massachusetts. Fortunately not COVID this time. Simply grossness.

The Present of Lights was…odd. One of many vacation occasions in New Hampshire I wished to cowl was the Present of Lights, a present on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. You drive onto the speedway and drive by means of a lot of gentle shows, together with tunnels.

First off, we did it within the rain, which technically may nonetheless be okay, although not optimum. Whereas this allowed us to drive by means of the course at a a lot sooner fee than normal, this course was extremely complicated with none drivers there! We couldn’t determine the place to show a variety of the time. And the lights? They have been…positive. Shows within the form of Santa and stuff.

I do know a variety of NH individuals love taking their children to Present of Lights yearly. If that’s your factor, go for it! For me? I’d fairly drive to a elaborate neighborhood that goes all out on decorations.

Murray the gray tabby cat flops in the dining table, his paw next to a few Czech bills, like he's swimming in money.
Murray dreamed he gained the lottery.

Weblog Posts of the Month

Are the Vök Baths Iceland’s Greatest Geothermal Spa? — The Vök Baths have been my favourite thermal spa in Iceland! This place remains to be fairly new, so I extremely advocate checking it out for those who’re driving the Ring Highway.

24 Fabulous Issues to Do in Sayulita, Mexico — I like the occasion seaside city of Sayulita, and I feel it’s an particularly good vacation spot for elder millennials! Right here’s why it makes an ideal place to go to over the winter.

A Information to the Attractive Tröllaskagi Peninsula, North Iceland — Need a actually spectacular detour from the Ring Highway? Take a look at Tröllaskagi, a peninsula lined with jagged mountains, lovable small cities, a superb swimming pool overlooking a fjord, and maybe the perfect museum in Iceland, the Herring Period Museum.

A city skyline with foggy Prague castle along the river, part of the sky blue but fog covering everything.

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales which you can entry for $6 per 30 days. We even have a personal Fb group and members get free entry to the E book Membership every month.

So…this month, would you prefer to see some marriage ceremony clothes? You’ll see some marriage ceremony clothes!

I didn’t put up my precise marriage ceremony costume, however I wrote a put up sharing a number of of the marriage clothes I attempted on that DID NOT make the minimize for varied causes. A whole lot of the wacky ones from BHLDN.

E book Membership This Month

I’m holding off on the subsequent ebook membership till late January, as a consequence of everybody having busy vacation schedules. I’ll let you already know once we’re able to go.

A still blue lake with mountains in the background and a wooden fence in front of it.
Chocorua Lake is an underrated Instagram spot in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Manner Replace

I anticipated that this might be a gradual month on New Hampshire Way, my New Hampshire journey website, and for essentially the most half this was correct. Foliage season resulted in mid-October, and November is sort of the center floor earlier than the vacations kick into gear.

Masking vacation actions is an enormous precedence of mine, for each advert causes (highest advert charges of the 12 months are in December) and since so lots of New Hampshire’s greatest vacation occasions have scant on-line protection at finest.

So I revealed my guide to Christmas activities in New Hampshire in 2022, and proper now it’s the highest put up on New Hampshire Manner and ranks #1 on Google for “Christmas in New Hampshire”!

Two new posts this month that you could be get pleasure from: 27 Incredible New Hampshire Cabins with Hot Tubs (sure, we went by means of the listing fastidiously to verify every of those cabins truly has a very good sizzling tub) and Best Bakeries in Portsmouth, NH (together with considered one of my favorites, Popovers on the Sq.).

However you already know what’s going wild? My guide to New Hampshire water parks. As a result of actually everyone seems to be googling “indoor water parks in New Hampshire” proper now!

And I’m excited that my subsequent fee from Mediavine, the January fee, will embody New Hampshire Manner income for the primary time!

Ruins of the medieval-era Moorish Castle in Sintra, surrounded by fog.
The fog added to the environment at Sintra’s Moorish Fortress.

What I Listened To This Month

I like Leslie Jones — and he or she now has a podcast! It’s referred to as The Fckry (The Fuckery) and it’s fabulous; the podcast format was made for her.

And the episode that she did with the Pod Save America guys proper earlier than the midterms might be the toughest I’ve ever laughed at a podcast. I used to be the weirdo strolling across the neighborhood and randomly bursting into laughter ever few steps.

I gained’t give something away, but it surely’s properly price a hear, even post-midterms!

What I Watched This Month

The Crown. Not fairly completed with the season but, but it surely’s all the time unbelievable. The brand new forged is nice, however Dominic West is WAY too sizzling to credibly play Prince Charles (and truthfully, Charles will get fairly a optimistic edit this season).

The episode about Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend made me sob. They cherished one another a lot, may by no means be collectively, and by no means stopped loving one another, even of their last years.

And this month I used to be launched to Beneath Deck. My fiancé Charlie can’t stand actuality TV…however he immediately obtained massively into this actuality present concerning the crew who work on luxurious constitution yachts, and obtained me to look at it with him. Apparently there are one million totally different spin-offs world wide.

I completely love all the main points of the background work the crew do for visitors, each the great visitors and the troublesome ones. Not a lot into the interpersonal drama. However I’m positive we are going to proceed following way more of this actuality present!

A room with floor-to-ceiling rooms casting pink and blue light at sunset.
The cupola of Prague’s Narodní Museum is a cool place to go to at sundown.

What I Learn This Month

We’re coming to the conclusion of my slowest studying 12 months up to now decade, I’m sorry to say. At first I wasn’t positive learn how to cope with this, however now I’m way more at peace with it contemplating that I’ve used the spare time to construct a whole new web site (New Hampshire Manner). Right here’s what I learn this month:

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney (2022) — Comic Rob Delaney’s two-year-old son Henry died of a mind tumor just a few years in the past. That is the story of Henry’s life, his sickness, and the which means of all of it. And that is not like any grief memoir you’ve ever learn. It tells Henry’s story in a round narrative and is usually laugh-out-loud humorous, filled with rage, and quietly devastating, typically all on the similar time.

What an unimaginable ebook — my favourite of the 12 months. Rob is without doubt one of the creators and writers of Disaster, and for those who’ve seen it, you already know that he’s a grasp of blending comedy with darkish, far-too-real relationship moments. This ebook is trustworthy and visceral in a means that I discovered really comforting.

I’m grateful to Rob, and grateful to Henry. They’ve left a mark upon me ceaselessly.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014) — This post-apocalyptic novel opens 20 years after a pandemic killed off 99.9% of the inhabitants. Kirsten is a performer with the Touring Symphony, a bunch that performs Shakespeare and classical music to settlements scattered across the Nice Lakes area. Quickly they encounter a harmful prophet. The story flips backwards and forwards in time, connecting a string of characters.

A whole lot of post-apocalyptic books scare and upset me (none extra so than Cormac McCarthy’s The Highway), however this ebook was so totally different. It was uplifting. It was mild. It left me hopeful, even within the face of a lot horror. You recognize an writer is presented when she’s ready to do this!

I’m so excited to dive into extra of Emily St. John Mandel’s books and even completed Sea of Tranquility in early December. And Station Eleven has grow to be a miniseries on HBO. I’m excited to dive into that, too.

An Ocean Apart by Sarah Lee (2022) — The 12 months is 1954 and sisters Connie and Ruby have set out on a steamship from Barbados to England, the place they’ll practice to be nurses for the newly fashioned NHS. Along with their buddy Billie, newly arrived from Jamaica, the younger girls leap headfirst into their new lives.

My buddy Sarah wrote this ebook, and I’m so comfortable for her! She based mostly a lot of the ebook on her mom’s migration from Barbados to England. This time interval is known as the Windrush Technology, the mid-century time interval when many Caribbeans immigrated to Britain to rebuild following World Battle II.

I cherished these three ladies and their tales as they wrestle with work, love, and acclimating to a very new nation — and I knew nothing about this technology and second in time. It was so good to spend time with them.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (2022) — The world knew that Matthew Perry struggled with dependancy for a lot of his time on Mates — however the reality was a lot darker. On this memoir, he tells a narrative of his lifelong loneliness that led to alcohol and prescription drug abuse, resulting in detox after detox and rehab after rehab.

Okay. This ebook obtained a variety of press, not all of it optimistic. Right here’s what I feel: you’ll end this ebook realizing that dependancy is a illness and a few individuals, like him, are predisposed to a horrible, terrible model of it. I really feel for him.

And the dangerous. Sure, he wished the beloved Keanu Reeves was lifeless as an alternative of River Phoenix, which was crude and extremely ill-advised, contemplating how shut Keanu and River have been and the way destroyed Keanu was by his demise. I severely surprise how an editor allowed that to occur.

However past that, I hated how Perry talked about girls. He noticed each lady as a possible conquest. They have been all the time heart-stoppingly lovely, they usually wouldn’t give him the time of day, and he could be upset. I feel the one time he mentioned one thing a few lady that wasn’t about her appears to be like was when he briefly talked about that Lisa Kudrow was “good.” That was it.

This was in all probability the only most bitter ebook I’ve learn. He claims to be sober now. Greater than something, I would like him to be. However I’m not satisfied he’s.

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub (2022) — Alice is about to show 40 and is feeling mediocre about her life — her relationship is a dud, her job is a dead-end, and her father is ailing within the hospital. However on the evening of her birthday, she finds herself transported again to her sixteenth birthday, alongside her vibrant 40-something father, and he or she realizes she has the prospect to do issues over.

I loved this ebook. As a lot because it’s a time journey fantasy, it’s actually extra about Alice’s relationship together with her father and the issues she learns by touring in time (repeatedly). And this can be a GREAT ebook about New York Metropolis. Alice’s childhood house is on Pomander Stroll, this pretty little pedestrian-only avenue on the Higher West Aspect lined with attention-grabbing properties.

An elegant palace with a stately Christmas market filling the street in front of it.
Vienna Christmas Markets, through Shutterstock

Coming Up in December 2022

It’s Christmas market time! You guys know I’m nuts for Christmas in Europe, whilst somebody who’s not too into Christmas in America. It’s simply one million occasions higher right here. Gluhwein, sausage, gingerbread, and good cheer with out the strain to spend a lot of cash

And plenty of cities haven’t had Christmas markets since 2019. Markets within the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany all closed on the final minute in 2021 as a consequence of Omicron (although I did squeeze in a go to to the Budapest Christmas Markets, which stayed open). And naturally, every part was closed in 2020.

So I’m excited to get all Christmassy once more. Charlie and I are planning a weekend practice journey to Vienna, a metropolis we’ve each visited many occasions, however by no means for Christmas. Vienna has a few of the finest Christmas markets in Europe.

Past that, I would squeeze in a day journey to Dresden or an in a single day journey to Nuremburg, two of the perfect German Christmas markets. That’s an enormous perhaps, however who is aware of? And, after all, the Prague Christmas markets are again!

We plan to rejoice Friendsmas in model at our favourite restaurant and residential away from residence, Kantyna, at considered one of their decadent Dinner Off the Bone occasions. This 12 months Charlie and I will probably be spending the precise Christmas vacation in London along with his household, then coming residence for New Yr’s.

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

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