AK Month-to-month Recap: September 2022

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September is one in all my favourite months of the yr to journey. You’ve unbelievable climate in each Europe and New England, it’s nonetheless seaside time in barely hotter areas, and the youngsters are again at school, so it’s far much less busy.

Like most years, we had a September stuffed with journey plans. However this yr, we had some superb occasions and really dangerous occasions.

This month was full of celebrations and reunions. My sister’s long-awaited wedding ceremony on Cape Cod. A good friend’s milestone birthday celebration within the UK. A convention full of buddies, simply down the street from Prague in Brno.

After which we bought hit with COVID for the primary time for the reason that pandemic started. First it got here for Charlie. Per week later, it got here for me. I’m nonetheless testing constructive as I sort this out, ready to get well so I can go away quarantine already.

Let’s check out the month!

Kate stands on a sandy beach in Martha's Vineyard. She wears a long leopard print skirt, denim jacket, and sunglasses and holds her hair back while looking at the large waves.
I lastly made it to Martha’s Winery!

Locations Visited

Prague, Soběhrdy, and Brno, Czech Republic

Brighton, Watford, and Amersham, England

Studying, Malden, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Provincetown, Oak Bluffs, Winery Haven, Aquinnah, Chilmark (together with Menemsha), Edgartown (together with Chappaquiddick), West Tisbury, and Woburn, Massachusetts

Nashua, New Hampshire

Kate in a long gray dress with her arms around her sister, with blonde wavy hair and a white embroidered dress, and Matt in a white shirt and dark tie. They are on a dance floor at a wedding.
Me with the bride and groom!

Highlights

Celebrating my sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding ceremony on the Cape. Sarah and Matt really bought married in 2020, however this was their long-awaited BIG celebration. This was among the finest weddings I’ve EVER been to (really, in all probability THE finest?!) and I beloved the way it was full of a lot love and enjoyable.

I used to be the maid of honor, and Sarah and Matt introduced collectively an incredible assortment of household and buddies in a real social gathering setting. One of many highlights was the favors — Cape-themed short-term tattoos in lighthouses, hydrangeas, clams, and sharks! We had a lot enjoyable with them!

The marriage was on the Nauset Seashore Inn in Orleans, which was great in each method (and set on the Cape’s finest seaside, Nauset Seashore). Additionally wish to give a shout-out to One Step Forward, an impressive band that stored us dancing to Lizzo, Montell Jordan, and Earth, Wind and Fireplace!

A teeny tiny ferry that just barely fits three cars crossing a channel to an island.
Sure, we really took our automotive on this.

Visiting Martha’s Winery for the primary time ever. For greater than a decade I’ve joked that Martha’s Winery and Nantucket are my two largest oversights as a Massachusetts native who travels for a dwelling. FINALLY, I made it to the Winery.

And it was a fantastic journey. I used to be genuinely shocked at how not-crowded it was in September, and we loved attractive early fall climate — assume sunshine, blue skies, and jean jackets at evening.

We lined the island in depth, gawking over the multicolored Aquinnah cliffs, strolling by way of the candy-colored Victorian homes of Oak Bluffs, taking the tiny Chappy Ferry to Chappaquiddick Island.

We stayed at Nobnocket Boutique Inn in Winery Haven, who hosted us, and should you’re on the lookout for a pleasant place to remain, I adored it right here. We had an infinite suite with a sitting room, the breakfasts have been scrumptious and gorgeously plated every morning, they introduced turndown cookies every evening, and it was only a brief stroll from downtown Winery Haven, rather more chilled out than the opposite massive cities. I may have stayed there for weeks.

Rather more on the Winery is coming to the weblog quickly!

Several people standing around a bonfire in the dark, including one girl in a 50s dress and head wrap, some swirling around sparklers.
Bonfire evening got here early this yr!

Celebrating an in depth good friend’s milestone birthday within the UK. Charlie’s finest good friend Aeon throws a bonfire social gathering in November yearly, however this yr threw one two months earlier for his birthday. It was a lot enjoyable — buddies, meals, costumes thrown collectively on the final minute, having fun with our time in a historic dwelling exterior London.

Charlie and I flew into Gatwick, so we determined to go to Brighton for an evening, because it’s a brief practice journey from the airport. I’ve needed to go to Brighton for such a very long time, and actually beloved it! Such a cool seaside metropolis with stunning laneways, an amusement park-topped pier, fascinating structure, enjoyable pubs, and a proudly queer scene. I can’t wait to jot down about it.

Our time in Watford coincided with a retro practice journey close by. An old school practice from the Nineteen Thirties made a visit from Amersham to Watford and again, so a couple of of us bought tickets for the journey. It was a enjoyable classic journey for transportation geeks!

An aerial view over the city of Brno with lots of pastel-colored buildings, most with orange terra cotta roofs, and parks on hills.
Brno is a beautiful little metropolis value exploring.

Returning to my first Traverse convention since 2019. I really like Traverse — Charlie and I met at Traverse in Trentino! — and it was so good to see so many buddies. I noticed a number of inspiring talks and realized a ton.

Brno is a very cool metropolis, and has wonderful cafes and bars. It’s sandwiched proper between Prague and Vienna, so it makes a fantastic place for a go to! For me, the massive spotlight was Villa Tugendaht, a spectacularly functionalist dwelling. Get tickets WAY prematurely.

And Cailin got here and stayed with us in Prague for a few of that point, so it was so good to have a go to along with her.

Good occasions in Prague. What did we rise up to this month? Festivals! September brings among the finest meals festivals within the metropolis, like Americká Fest, a wine fest on JZP (they really had Moldovan purple wine, which Charlie and I have been so enthusiastic about!), and Pivo a Burger, a beer and burger fest proper in our neighborhood.

We additionally took our good friend and his two-year-old daughter to Farmapark, a youngsters’ park exterior Prague with livestock, playgrounds, trampolines, and extra. They even have camels you possibly can feed! An awesome place to go to with youngsters if in case you have a automotive.

Crowds of people walking down a street in Prague topped with Mexican paper flags, and a street kiosk serving wine.
September brings the GOOD festivals.

Challenges

Charlie and I lastly bought COVID. We averted it for two.5 years, however it lastly occurred. We really bought it every week aside — it took him down first, then me.

I’m grateful that our signs have been delicate. I’m past grateful I made it to my sister’s wedding ceremony. (I examined twice a day main as much as the marriage, together with a PCR take a look at the day earlier than. My constructive take a look at got here the Tuesday after.)

I began feeling signs and examined constructive whereas in Martha’s Winery; we had seen a ton of the island already, however I actually want I had been in a position to discover Oak Bluffs and Edgartown extra. We then moved to quarantine at a resort in Woburn for a couple of days, then went again to my dad’s to complete the quarantine.

Some issues I have to share about COVID:

You’re in all probability swabbing incorrectly. Within the Czech Republic, our dwelling exams are saliva exams. Within the US, dwelling exams are swab exams. The swab exams inform you to solely swab your nostrils.

However I lately realized from these tweets that swabbing simply your nostrils isn’t sufficient. With a view to get extra correct outcomes, you ought to be swabbing your throat and cheeks as properly. (Your nasopharyngeal area is finest, WAY up your nostril, however I do know most individuals gained’t be capable of go all the best way up — simply go as far up as you possibly can stand.)

Simply do throat, cheeks, nostril, as far up the nostril as you possibly can go.

Don’t anticipate two companions to have the identical COVID expertise. It went by way of Charlie rapid-fire. Thus far it’s taking for much longer to undergo me. We anticipated me to observe his timeline, however nope.

Assume that any giant indoor gathering might be a superspreader occasion and plan accordingly. Like a convention, a celebration, a marriage, even an evening out at a bar. For those who knew for sure that it will be a superspreader occasion, how would that change your actions?

You possibly can select to not go. You possibly can select to go, and masks the entire time (and skip unmasked elements like post-event drinks). You possibly can select to go, unmasked, and clear your schedule for the following two weeks or so.

Realizing what I do know now, I’m going to be a lot pickier with the occasions I attend. And I’m NEVER going to plan two occasions in a row once more. Going to a convention adopted by a marriage led to a lot unimaginable stress.

Lewis and Murray, two gray tabby cats, curled up on clothes piles on the bed with a mouse toy between them.
Lewis and Murray are as cute as ever.

Weblog Posts of the Month

My Precise Iceland Journey Value: Detailed Funds Breakdown — Probably the most detailed budgeting and journey value submit I’ve ever printed, with tons of details about how a lot Amanda and I spent on our two-week Iceland journey.

45 Fabulous Free Issues to Do in NYC — A massively complete listing of fabulous and enjoyable NYC actions, with submissions from a lot of my blogger colleagues.

Suggestions for Visiting Kvernufoss Waterfall, Iceland — Kvernufoss was my favourite waterfall in Iceland, however it’s not almost as fashionable as a few of its neighbors! Right here’s what to know earlier than you go.

Kate and her three best female friends wearing formal dresses and standing on a lawn with the ocean in the distance behind them.
Me and my three finest buddies from highschool: the Brood! Nonetheless the tannest one within the bunch.

This Month on Patreon

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

This month’s long-form submit was about how one can throw a marriage that REALLY works properly — utilizing my sister’s wedding ceremony as inspiration (and many pics).

I had a hell of a narrative to inform from the Brno convention, however that might be for this month, plus some Iceland stuff too. Sadly I felt too exhausted to get it out this month.

A narrow pedestrian-only street in Brighton lined with cute shops, brightly colored bunting stretched between them.
I fell in love with Brighton’s lanes straight away!

E-book Membership This Month

I needed to reschedule this month’s ebook membership as a result of my COVID and never feeling up for working an occasion, even when on-line. Our subsequent E-book Membership might be on Sunday, October 23, at 1:00 PM Jap Time! We might be studying Of Girls and Salt, a novel by Cuban- and Mexican-American writer Gabriela Garcia.

“5 generations of girls, linked by blood and circumstance, by the secrets and techniques they share, and by a single ebook handed down by way of a household, with an affirmation scrawled in its margins: We’re power. We’re greater than we predict we’re.

1866, Cuba: Maria Isabel is the one lady employed at a cigar manufacturing unit, the place every day the employees discover power in each day readings of Victor Hugo. However these are harmful political occasions, and as Maria begins to see marriage and motherhood as her solely choices, the sounds of struggle are approaching.

1959, Cuba: Dolores watches her husband make for the mountains in reply to Fidel Castro’s name to arms. What Dolores is aware of, although, is that to outlive, she should win her personal struggle, and commit an act of violence that threatens to destroy her daughter Carmen’s world.

2016, Miami: Carmen, nonetheless wrestling with the trauma of displacement, is shocked when her daughter Jeanette proclaims her plans to journey to Cuba to see her grandmother Dolores. Within the partitions of her crumbling dwelling lies a secret, one that can hyperlink Jeanette to her previous, and to this fearless line of girls.

From nineteenth-century cigar factories to present-day detention centres, from Cuba to america to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia’s Of Girls and Salt follows Latina girls of fierce satisfaction, sure by the tales handed between them. It’s a haunting meditation on the alternatives of moms and the tenacity of girls who select to inform their fact regardless of those that want to silence them.”

You possibly can enroll right here. Patreon members get entry within the non-public Patreon group.

A sign in a forest directing people to Ripley Falls, Arethusa Falls, and various hiking trails.
Mountaineering Trails in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Means Replace

Final month, I hit 25k classes inside 30 days on New Hampshire Means and utilized to Mediavine — however Mediavine was unable to evaluate my utility as a result of they’ll’t learn Google Analytics 4 (which Google assigns routinely to new websites as of late). They requested me to put in Common Analytics, wait 30 days, and apply once more.

30 days later, I reapplied on September 19 (37k classes within the final 30 days). I bought the information on September 28 — I used to be ACCEPTED! As I write this, they’re making ready to get the adverts on.

This has been the BIG purpose I’ve been working towards since beginning the location. I’ve been being profitable from resort bookings and occasional excursions and actions, however it’s not sufficient to maintain the location. Mediavine adverts will usher in vital revenue for the primary time, permitting me to recoup my sizable funding.

Listed below are some New Hampshire Means posts from this month:

New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2022: The place and When to Go — A information to the perfect foliage spots, and how one can time your journey for the perfect fall colours.

Finest Mattress and Breakfasts in North Conway, NH — North Conway is THE fall getaway in New Hampshire, and there are a lot of great B&Bs to select from.

What I Watched This Month

Not lots to share this month, however I did watch the remake of Father of the Bride with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan and actually loved it! A candy 2022 model of the story, transported to Miami with a giant Cuban household, however with Nancy Myers-esque touches. It’s on HBO Max.

Oh, and Nice British Bake Off is again! Have any favorites? Thus far I actually like Syabira, Janusz, and Sandro. Sandro, OMG, he’s a sizzling nanny from East London who works out twice a day and teaches baking to autistic youngsters! HOW COULD YOU NOT LOVE THIS GUY?

And Charlie and I began watching a present neither of us have seen: The Sopranos. By now it’s a interval piece!

A view from above of Prague's Old Town Square, surrounded by castle towers and candy-colored houses.
Wanting ahead to some chilled out time in Prague.

Coming Up in October 2022

This month was supposed to start in New Hampshire, doing extra analysis and getting foliage pictures for New Hampshire Means. We needed to cancel a part of the journey as a result of my COVID, however as quickly as I get well, we might be heading as much as the White Mountains.

Past that, I’ll strive to slot in what we are able to! Possibly going to the Frank Lloyd Wright homes and all of the breweries I haven’t been to in Manchester, NH. Possibly Salem, Mass, which matches nuts in October. Possibly elsewhere in New England.

I head again to Prague in mid-October and that can start a month with ZERO journey plans. Actually, I’ve been trying ahead to this break for months!

I overdid the travels this summer season: three weeks of Piemonte-Milan-Liguria-Sardinia in June and July, a July UK journey, two weeks in Iceland in August, one other UK journey in September, the convention in Brno, then 3.5 weeks within the States. Nice journeys, none of which I remorse, however it was an excessive amount of.

Possibly it wouldn’t be an excessive amount of for 26-year-old Kate, however it was positively an excessive amount of for 38-year-old Kate who has a house, fiancé, and cats. I’m trying ahead to some much-needed cozy time at dwelling with kitty snuggles.

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

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