AK Month-to-month Recap: July 2022

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July was one of many greatest months I’ve had in a very long time. Travels in three nations, tons of summer time enjoyable, good occasions with pals in all places.

And the largest factor…Charlie I obtained engaged! The entire story is on my annual birthday put up, which I revealed final week.

However let’s get on to this month — a month that started in Sardinia, moved overland to Lake Como, drove again to Prague, and obtained in a cheeky weekend to London as effectively.

Kate is taking a selfie, standing in shallow bright clear aquamarine water, wearing a navy blue bikini top covers with tropical flowers.
Summertime in San Teodoro, Sardinia

Locations Visited

Alghero, Stintino, Sassari, San Teodoro, Golfo Aranci, Capo Coda Cavallo, Tavolara, Olbia, Lecco, Bellagio, and Varenna, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

London and Coulsdon, UK

Kate and Charlie stand side by side. Kate holds up her left hand with an engagement ring on her finger, plus pale blue glittery nails. Kate wears a denim jacket, white lacy top and black shorts with white polka dots. Charlie wears a maroon t-shirt and khaki shorts.
Celebrating with Charlie’s household within the UK. Photograph by his sister Jo.

Highlights

Getting engaged to Charlie in Lake Como will endlessly be the spotlight of the month! The proposal was fantastic, it happened in a backyard in Bellagio, and nope, it was not a shock. (Who surprises somebody with an engagement?! That appears loopy, in my view.)

We celebrated at a wine bar with a tagliere of meat and cheese, and glasses of Franciacorta (our favourite Italian glowing white wine) adopted by Barolo (my favourite crimson) and Amarone (his favourite crimson) and a ship journey to pretty Varenna for the night.

A lot of enjoyable in Sardinia. We started the month arriving in Alghero, a cool Spanish metropolis on the northwest coast of the island the place lots of people nonetheless converse Catalan! Whereas it’s a really touristy metropolis, I discovered it to be essentially the most attention-grabbing place we visited in Sardinia.

The spotlight of Sardinia for us was our crusing journey off Alghero. The boat was one of many nicest small sailboats I’ve ever been on; Captain Andrea was a fantastic chief and served us a scrumptious lunch; there have been about 12 individuals on board, which was excellent; we sailed to lovely coves and went swimming. Simply an superior chilled out day.

We additionally visited La Pelosa seaside in Stintino, famously one of many nicest seashores in all of Italy. It was lovely with shallow water that went out to this point — although extraordinarily crowded! (Know that it is advisable guide a spot on the seaside prematurely, as they restrict guests. It’s fairly low cost, I believe 3.50 EUR per particular person, however do it early.)

Subsequent we headed to San Teodoro for just a few days, which looks like a preferred Italian vacation city, and has attractive seashores. Sooner or later we had a full correct seaside day with chairs (such an indulgence!) on La Cinta seaside, which I assumed was even higher than La Pelosa. One other day we booked a scooter snorkeling expertise in close by Golfo Aranci, and for our ultimate day we took a zodiac boat journey to Molara and Tavolara islands.

A return to the mountains. We took the in a single day ferry again to Genoa and drove to Lake Como, about two hours away. Within the city of Lecco we took a cable automobile as much as the Piani d’Erna, on prime of mountains the place you possibly can hike and discover. It was 10 levels cooler — so fantastic after roasting in Sardinia!

I believe this 12 months we’re realizing that we’re extra mountain individuals than seaside individuals.

After an evening in Lake Como, we drove again to Prague: a nine-hour journey. Oh, and the McRib is BACK in Germany!

Floating previous Varenna, Lake Como, at Golden Hour.

Extra good occasions in Prague. Reuniting with my kitties is all the time a spotlight of the month! Man, three weeks is a very long time to go away them, though they love their sitter.

We frolicked with pals, hit up some meals festivals, lastly tried a budget enterprise lunch on the 4 Seasons (wonderful). And Charlie and I started researching marriage ceremony venues in earnest.

And this month we began swimming! There are just a few low cost indoor swimming swimming pools close to us and we swam for practically an hour for about $2.50 every.

A beautiful lengthy weekend in London. Charlie and I visited for a household party, and it was so good to see all of them directly (particularly after COVID wrecked our Christmas gathering!).

I are inclined to do lots of the identical issues each time I’m going to London, so this time I used to be decided to interrupt out of my routine a bit. Charlie and I went to see The Tempest on the Globe Theatre, which was such a humorous and unique manufacturing. (Professional tip: pull up the play in your telephone to comply with alongside. It’s not a fake pas right here prefer it normally is at exhibits, and so they hold the seating areas illuminated.)

Charlie and I additionally went to Dans le Noir, an expertise the place you dine in full darkness. Undoubtedly a novel factor to strive as soon as! We additionally visited the V&A Museum and its Fashioning Masculinity exhibit. I used to be delighted to see Billy Porter’s well-known tux robe on show.

One other day, my good friend Dylan and I went to the Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea on the Shard, which was so enjoyable and I extremely suggest for a novel afternoon tea in London. We ended the weekend with a pub meetup with a few of our London pals.

Kate takes a glaring selfie at the camera wearing a frilly white button-down blouse and sunglasses. She's standing on the highway. Behind her is a blue car and Charlie sitting on the guardrail, angrily glaring at the camera. Behind them is a mechanic in a yellow shirt.
Caught on the aspect of the freeway! Enjoyable occasions.

Challenges

The one worst second of the journey was once we have been driving from Alghero to Stintino. Many of the inside or Sardinia is extraordinarily rural, and we drove previous limitless dry yellow fields. Then I caught a whiff. “Is that rubbish?” I requested.

Then we have been SMACKED within the face with essentially the most putrid rubbish scent I’ve ever skilled. We noticed a dump truck unloading rubbish — the street between the 2 hottest locations in northwest Sardinia actually takes you previous a dump. It was near 100 levels out (38 C). Think about sizzling, boiling rubbish invading your nostril, your mouth, the pores of your pores and skin.

I really feel an incredible quantity of sympathy for anybody who has to work in these terrible circumstances.

Charlie obtained stung by a jellyfish on our crusing journey in Alghero. Alghero has some jellyfish-rich spots that may normally be prevented, however even in a low jellyfish space, Charlie obtained stung on the chest.

Fortunately there was no want for anybody to pee on anybody — Captain Andrea had some sting cures obtainable.

(Since this occurred, a brand new mural has gone up in our neighborhood in Prague — a mural of JELLYFISH! Charlie was miffed. I couldn’t cease laughing.)

We obtained a flat tire — then one other. We have been leaving Alghero on a Sunday and have been planning to go to Bosa, keep in an agriturismo within the inside for the night time, then head to San Teodoro the subsequent day. Properly, the tire started ker-thumping as quickly as we left the property.

Right here’s a tip: don’t break down in Italy on a Sunday. And if it’s rural Italy on a Sunday, GOOD LUCK!!

Our agriturismo referred to as native mechanics, who got here to test it out, however apparently Charlie’s automobile has an uncommon tire dimension and so they didn’t have one that may match. All they may do was patch the tire. And naturally this course of took 5 hours, throughout which we labored at our agriturismo. The house owners very kindly made us some carbonara, though they don’t normally serve lunch.

5 hours later (our agriturismo man was yelling at them — YOU WENT TO LUNCH? How lengthy have been you at lunch??), the mechanics returned with a patched tire. We eagerly obtained again on the street.

quarter-hour in a while the freeway, ker-thump ker-thump ker-thump. AGAIN. 5 hours and that patch did nothing!! We contacted the agriturismo, who contacted the mechanics, and so they drove out and met us. They provided to tow us to Sassari and the tire can be repaired very first thing Monday morning.

Sassari is a little bit of a gritty metropolis with restricted touristic attraction, however we truly had a fantastic night time there! We stayed in a unbelievable little guesthouse referred to as Album Boutique Rooms, only a fantastic trendy oasis that feels luxurious however is definitely fairly low cost. (The proprietor plans to broaden to Alghero sooner or later and as soon as that’s there, it is going to be THE PLACE to remain in Alghero!) We had nice pizza at La Nicchia and wonderful gelato at Naturalia.

The following morning, the tire was fastened very effectively, and we have been advised it might get us safely again to Prague. Since getting again, Charlie has had the tire changed.

A view of the stone Charles Bridge and several Baroque buildings topped with orange and green roofs in Prague, underneath a cloudy sky.
One marriage ceremony venue we checked out has THIS view.

Weblog Posts of the Month

27 Issues to Do in Rockport, MA, a Coastal Magnificence — Rockport is a city the place I’ve been going endlessly, and it has a lot of the quintessential New England attraction that guests come right here to expertise. It is best to go to it (and extra of the North Shore!).

A model of a pirate ship. On it are balanced several pastries, including a fairy perched on a red pudding with an alligator gummy coming out of it. In the background you see a view of gray London from above, including the Tower Bridge.
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea on the Shard in London

This Month on Patreon

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

This month’s huge put up was about my Dans le Noir expertise in London — the complete night eating at the hours of darkness, being surrounded by strangers, having no concept what you’re consuming, no concept even how one can pour your self a glass of water. It was a very attention-grabbing expertise!

I additionally wrote a giant replace on the place New Hampshire Manner is now. Extra on {that a} bit beneath. My Patreon individuals have been the one ones who’ve identified about my New Hampshire website over the previous 12 months.

Oh, and my Patreon individuals discovered in regards to the engagement earlier than anybody else. 😉

Beautiful clear pale green water at a beach in Sardinia. Several people are in the water and you can see it doesn't even get knee deep in the distance.
La Pelosa in Stintino, usually cited as the most effective seashores in Italy.

Guide Membership This Month

Our subsequent guide membership will probably be on Sunday, August 28, at 1:00 PM Japanese Time. We will probably be discussing The Air You Breathe by Brazilian creator Frances de Pontes Peebles. You’ll be able to join the guide membership right here.

A fast observe — this guide is 528 pages, nevertheless it’s price it. Begin now! And in the event you like Elena Ferrante’s work, you’re going to like this.

“Some friendships, like romance, have the sensation of destiny.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working within the kitchen of a sugar plantation in Nineteen Thirties Brazil when in walks a lady who adjustments every part. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a rich sugar baron, is intelligent, effectively fed, fairly, and thrillingly in poor health behaved. Born to wildly completely different worlds, Dores and Graça shortly bond over shared mischief, after which, on a deeper stage, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the opposite feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will turn out to be their shared ardour, the supply of their partnership and their rivalry, and for every, the one method out of the life to which every was born. However solely one of many two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, risky bond will decide every of their fortunes–and hang-out their recollections.

Touring from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro’s well-known Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles through the Golden Age of Hollywood again to the irresistible drumbeat of house, The Air You Breathe unfurls a transferring portrait of a lifelong friendship–its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses–and considers what we owe to the relationships that form our lives.”

A long-super-calm brown sandy beach in front of smooth blue-green water.
This month I wrote about Weirs Seashore on Lake Winnipesaukee.

New Hampshire Manner Replace

New Hampshire Manner is my new New Hampshire journey web site! I talked about it in my birthday put up final week. I’d like so as to add somewhat replace on NHW every month to the month-to-month recap.

Visitors is at present exploding, and I’m thrilled about it. I’m shocked and excited that New Hampshire Manner already ranks #1 for “issues to do in lake winnipesaukee” and “water parks in new hampshire”! I’m additionally #2 for “issues to do in north conway nh” and that’s particularly vital as a result of North Conway is a year-round journey vacation spot, in contrast to Lake Winnipesaukee.

Fall is the largest journey season of the 12 months, particularly within the White Mountains, so my precedence proper now’s getting fall content material prepared earlier than foliage season hits.

Listed below are a few of my favourite posts that I revealed this month:

A Information to Weirs Seashore, Lake Winnipesaukee — Weirs Seashore is the enjoyable, kitschy, household city of Lake Winnipesaukee. Bumper automobiles, arcades, boat cruises, and one of many nicest seashores on the lake.

27 Epic Issues to Do in Lincoln, NH — Lincoln is among the hottest cities within the White Mountains and makes a superb base for exploring the area. It’s particularly good for climbing, snowboarding, and scenic drives just like the Kancamagus Freeway.

12 Should-Go to New Hampshire Fall Festivals — New Hampshire REALLY loves fall, and there are some superior festivals it’s best to take into account hitting up! I’ll seemingly be at Apple Harvest Day in Dover and NH Brewfest in Portsmouth this 12 months.

Kate and Charlie taking a smiling selfie wearing sunglasses. Kate holds up one hand and you can see an engagement ring on her finger. Behind them, Renaissance buildings set on a lake.
The primary engaged picture! (With the short-term ring.)

Most Fashionable Photograph on Instagram

After all it’s this one which introduced the engagement! This was taken in Bellagio on Lake Como.

Instagram is the place I do essentially the most updating dwell whereas touring, together with numerous Tales. You’ll be able to comply with me on Instagram at @adventurouskate.

Kate wearing a black button-up blouse with cap sleeves, a frilly piece of fabric in the middle, and two satin pleated panels on each side. Worn with a long raspberry-colored polka dot skirt with pleats. She carries a small black bag and wears black heeled sandals.
I used to be about to do away with this prime…now not!

Style Discover of the Month

I discovered this lengthy raspberry Anthropologie skirt on Poshmark over the winter. I like it SO a lot — the pleating, the colour, the polka dots, the asymmetrical hem — however I couldn’t discover any prime that actually matched. Every part appeared too informal.

Then I discovered this in my closet — an Specific shirt that I’m fairly certain I purchased within the early 2000s (!!) and I used to be able to donate it. So out of fashion with it’s little frilly heart and satin pleated sides that it has come BACK into style! And it labored! It was the right stage of dressy and the pleats added an echo to the skirt. Added these large teal Anthropologie flower earrings that I additionally discovered on Poshmark.

All of the extra motive to pair an outdated merchandise along with your new gadgets to see if it really works earlier than donating it.

The one factor I want for this outfit is an effective leopard-print belt. At present trying to find one in Prague, however my ordinary choices are “C&A, $12, it’s made from cardboard!” or “Dolce & Gabbana, $425, don’t breathe on it the incorrect method!”

What I Watched This Month

This month I attempted a Disney+ subscription to make amends for lots of the favored movies I’ve missed! I really feel so out of the loop relating to Pixar and stuff.

My favourite was Turning Purple (as somebody who was a boy band-loving teenager with three finest pals within the early 2000s, OMG this was relatable). Encanto was a colourful delight with a fantastic story and memorable characters. Soul was pleasant and so New York. Moana had the very best music.

This month I additionally watched Love on the Spectrum: the US version. I like this light, respectful docuseries about individuals on the autism spectrum searching for love. Each particular person is a delight this season, and there are some blissful endings!

An open-air wooden theater with no roof. People standing surrounding the stage. On the stage, a cast of characters takes their bows.
Curtain name at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

What I Listened To This Month

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is FANTASTIC. I’m not ordinarily an enormous Beyoncé fan however I like disco and 90s dance music so THIS is the album for me. I like what number of multifaceted layers of Black and Queer historical past are on this album (not in contrast to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly).

Who Shat on the Ground at My Marriage ceremony? might be essentially the most ridiculous podcast subject I’ve ever seen. These two Kiwi girls obtained married on a ship in Amsterdam, and sooner or later, somebody pooped on the toilet flooring.

Now, this can be a basic closed thriller — no one may obtained on or off the boat! — in order that they put their detective hats to resolve it. It’s completely ridiculous. And I like their cheery New Zealand accents.

People sitting in front of wrought-iron benches in front of the river in Prague, the iron casting shadows in front of them.
Summertime in Prague.

What I Learn This Month

Good day, Molly! by Molly Shannon (2022) — Molly Shannon is finest identified for her characters on late 90s SNL, however what introduced her to that time? Properly, lots of disappointment, truly. When she was 4, her mom, child sister, and younger cousin have been killed in a automobile accident together with her father behind the wheel.

The heartbeat of the guide is Molly’s relationship together with her father, who beloved her deeply, raised her and her sister the perfect he may, however was an alcoholic and coping with a lifetime of guilt.

THIS BOOK. That is one among my absolute favorites of the 12 months, and never simply because my pals and I have been obsessive about Molly’s SNL characters as youngsters. Molly’s father is essentially the most Dickensian character I’ve ever seen that wasn’t written by Dickens! So many tales of Molly’s pre-fame days are INSANE (She and a good friend as soon as SNUCK ONTO AN AIRPLANE once they have been youngsters and flew to a different metropolis! She and one other fan ran this wild rip-off in Hollywood claiming to work for David Mamet!).

I particularly suggest this one as an audiobook, as a result of it is advisable hear it in Molly’s voice.

You Can’t Be Critical by Kal Penn (2021) — Kal Penn has a narrative like no different — grandson of Ghandian freedom fighters, stoner comedy icon, one among only a few Indian main actors within the US, who took a sabbatical from performing to work for the Obama White Home. That is the story of his life, his successes, and his distinctive path.

Whew. I actually loved this guide, and particularly listening to about what his expertise was making an attempt to get work as an Indian actor within the early 2000s (spoiler alert: racist AF, again and again). And I’ve learn lots of Obama-era memoirs and beloved listening to his aspect of issues and matching it up with the others.

This guide obtained lots of consideration when Kal successfully got here out with it, saying he was engaged and sharing how he met his fiancé Josh, NASCAR aficionado. I appreciated studying it, however you possibly can inform he was SUPER guarded on this a part of the guide. Which is his proper, in fact. It simply felt like he was holding himself again.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar (2022) — This novel tells a swirling story of girls in India. Smita, an Indian American journalist, is known as to report on a narrative of a Hindu girl named Meena being attacked by her household for marrying a Muslim man. Smita swore she would by no means return to India, however she finds herself deeply concerned on this story and Meena’s life.

This was a very good guide and I appreciated the standpoint — a lady who left India as a teen after a traumatic expertise and tried to turn out to be as American as she may. So many books within the US about growing nations deal with poverty porn and trauma, however I appreciated the scenes that happened in Mumbai, studying a lot extra about this metropolis with its many layers.

My solely criticism was that the guide misplaced steam on the finish, and I believe the writer inspired the creator to make it into extra of a romance than was mandatory. And the dude in query, Mohan, is a little bit of a Manic Pixie Dream Boy (you already know, the right man with quirks who likes the principle character for motive).

(Facet observe: it was attention-grabbing studying this guide and Kal Penn’s guide again to again. Each books have a personality referred to as Pushpa Auntie. Kal talks about how his household referred to as her Pushy Auntie, which in lots of Indian accents turns into Pussy Auntie!)

The right way to Hold Home Whereas Drowning: A Mild Strategy to Cleansing and Organizing by KC Davis (2022) — It is a cleansing and organizing guide in contrast to any you’ve ever learn, as a result of it focuses on neurodivergent individuals and people with anxiousness, despair, fatigue, ADHD, or lack of help. These are sometimes the individuals who wrestle with chores — “care duties,” as Davis calls them — and this guide is a mild, compassionate information to doing what you possibly can.

This guide isn’t focused for me, however I actually appreciated studying Davis’s strategy. We maintain a lot disgrace once we can’t hold a home trying presentable to somebody from the surface. As an alternative, deal with small duties which might be inside what you’re personally in a position to do.

I additionally appreciated her strategy of tidying by dividing every part into classes: laundry, dishes, not as an alternative, doesn’t have a spot.

A Sensible Marriage ceremony: Inventive Concepts for a Stunning, Reasonably priced, and Stress-Free State of affairs by Meg Keene (2019) — How do you propose a marriage with out going broke or dropping your thoughts? This guide is a method of getting you to plan a marriage that displays what you and your accomplice really need (and might afford) with out capitulating to pushy relations, Instagram stress, or the marriage industrial complicated.

Just about everybody recommends this guide for the newly engaged and I believe it’s a fantastic learn, if somewhat redundant at occasions (Do what you need! is mainly restated in dozens of various methods). I particularly appreciated the start, the way it encourages you and your accomplice to deal with the sentiments and vibes you need and go outward from there.

A waterfall falling so gently it looks like sand, behind a green mossy cliff.
Behind an Icelandic waterfall, on Unsplash.

Coming Up in August 2022

This month it’s time for ICELAND, Half II (or IV, technically?)! My good friend Amanda from A Harmful Enterprise and I are going for 12 days, circling the Ring Street and past!

This, in fact, comes out of my catastrophe in Could the place I unintentionally rented a handbook automobile for my Iceland street journey, there have been actually no computerized automobiles left within the nation, and I needed to go house. However in just a few methods it’s labored out for the higher.

This itinerary is SO significantly better than the one I deliberate earlier than. For one, A NEW VOLCANO IS ERUPTING NOW! Amanda and I plan to hike to it on our first day, so long as it’s nonetheless secure to take action. And two new high-end sizzling springs have opened since my final go to: Hvammsvik, between Reykjavik and Snaefellesness, and the Forest Lagoon in Akureyri.

Each of us have been to Iceland just a few occasions, however we’ve by no means completed the Ring Street, so that is new territory. We’re including in just a few cool detours — the Tröllaskagi Peninsula and the Westman Islands — plus going whale watching, horseback using on the seaside, taking a puffin-spotting RIB safari, and visiting tons of waterfalls and sizzling springs.

What are you trying ahead to this month? Share away!

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