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 season enjoyable, good instances with mates in every single place.

And the largest factor…Charlie I bought engaged! The entire story is on my annual birthday post, which I printed 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 bought in a cheeky weekend to London as properly.

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. Picture by his sister Jo.

Highlights

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

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 purple) and Amarone (his favourite purple) and a ship trip to pretty Varenna for the night.

A number 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 communicate Catalan! Whereas it’s a really touristy metropolis, I discovered it to be probably the most fascinating place we visited in Sardinia.

The spotlight of Sardinia for us was our sailing trip 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 folks on board, which was good; we sailed to stunning coves and went swimming. Simply an superior chilled out day.

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

Subsequent we headed to San Teodoro for a number of days, which appears like a preferred Italian vacation city, and has beautiful seashores. At some point we had a full correct seashore day with chairs (such an indulgence!) on La Cinta seashore, which I believed was even higher than La Pelosa. One other day we booked a scooter snorkeling expertise in close by Golfo Aranci, and for our remaining 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 may hike and discover. It was 10 levels cooler — so great after roasting in Sardinia!

I feel this 12 months we’re realizing that we’re extra mountain folks than seashore folks.

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 instances in Prague. Reuniting with my kitties is all the time a spotlight of the month! Man, three weeks is a very long time to depart them, regardless that they love their sitter.

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

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

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

I are inclined to do loads of the identical issues each time I am 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 authentic manufacturing. (Professional tip: pull up the play in your cellphone to comply with alongside. It’s not a fake pas right here prefer it often is at reveals, 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 singular 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 pal Dylan and I went to the Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea on the Shard, which was so enjoyable and I extremely suggest for a singular afternoon tea in London. We ended the weekend with a pub meetup with a few of our London mates.

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 instances.

Challenges

The only 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 countless dry yellow fields. Then I caught a whiff. “Is that rubbish?” I requested.

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

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

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

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

(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 bought 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 evening, 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 known 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 will match. All they might 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, regardless that they don’t often 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 bought again on the highway.

15 minutes afterward 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 supplied to tow us to Sassari and the tire could be repaired very first thing Monday morning.

Sassari is a little bit of a gritty metropolis with restricted touristic enchantment, however we truly had a fantastic evening there! We stayed in a unbelievable little guesthouse known as Album Boutique Rooms, only a great 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 will likely be THE PLACE to remain in Alghero!) We had nice pizza at La Nicchia and wonderful gelato at Naturalia.

The subsequent morning, the tire was fastened very properly, and we have been informed it will 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 wedding ceremony venue we checked out has THIS view.

Weblog Posts of the Month

27 Things to Do in Rockport, MA, a Coastal Beauty — Rockport is a city the place I’ve been going ceaselessly, and it has a lot of the quintessential New England appeal that guests come right here to expertise. It’s 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 could entry for $6 monthly. We even have a non-public Fb group and members get free entry to the Ebook Membership every month.

This month’s massive publish was about my Dans le Noir expertise in London — your entire night eating in the dead of night, being surrounded by strangers, having no thought what you’re consuming, no thought even tips on how to pour your self a glass of water. It was a very fascinating expertise!

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

Oh, and my Patreon folks came upon concerning 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, typically cited as among the finest seashores in Italy.

Ebook Membership This Month

Our subsequent ebook membership shall be on Sunday, August 28, at 1:00 PM Japanese Time. We shall be discussing The Air You Breathe by Brazilian creator Frances de Pontes Peebles. You can sign up for the book club here.

A fast observe — this ebook is 528 pages, nevertheless it’s value it. Begin now! And when 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 1930s Brazil when in walks a woman who adjustments every thing. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a rich sugar baron, is intelligent, properly fed, fairly, and thrillingly unwell behaved. Born to wildly completely different worlds, Dores and Graça shortly bond over shared mischief, after which, on a deeper degree, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the opposite feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will turn into 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 residence, 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 Approach Replace

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

Site visitors is at the moment exploding, and I’m thrilled about it. I’m shocked and excited that New Hampshire Approach 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 essential 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 printed this month:

A Guide to Weirs Beach, 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 Things to Do in Lincoln, NH — Lincoln is likely one of the hottest cities within the White Mountains and makes a wonderful base for exploring the area. It’s particularly good for mountain climbing, snowboarding, and scenic drives just like the Kancamagus Highway.

12 Must-Visit New Hampshire Fall Festivals — New Hampshire REALLY loves fall, and there are some superior festivals it is best to take into account hitting up! I’ll possible 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 photograph! (With the short-term ring.)

Most Standard Picture 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 probably the most updating stay whereas touring, together with plenty of Tales. You can follow 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 eliminate this prime…not!

Trend 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 basically matched. All the things appeared too informal.

Then I discovered this in my closet — an Specific shirt that I’m fairly positive 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 vogue! And it labored! It was the right degree 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 cause to pair an previous merchandise together with your new objects to see if it really works earlier than donating it.

The one factor I want for this outfit is an efficient leopard-print belt. At the moment looking for one in Prague, however my standard choices are “C&A, $12, it’s product of cardboard!” or “Dolce & Gabbana, $425, don’t breathe on it the mistaken method!”

What I Watched This Month

This month I attempted a Disney+ subscription to atone for loads of the favored movies I’ve missed! I really feel so out of the loop on the subject of Pixar and stuff.

My favourite was Turning Pink (as somebody who was a boy band-loving teenager with three greatest mates 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 best possible music.

This month I additionally watched Love on the Spectrum: the US version. I really like this mild, respectful docuseries about folks on the autism spectrum in search of love. Each particular person is a delight this season, and there are some joyful 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 really 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 Flooring at My Wedding ceremony? might be probably the most ridiculous podcast subject I’ve ever seen. These two Kiwi ladies bought married on a ship in Amsterdam, and sooner or later, somebody pooped on the toilet ground.

Now, it is a traditional closed thriller — no person may bought on or off the boat! — so that they put their detective hats to unravel it. It’s completely ridiculous. And I really 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

Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon (2022) — Molly Shannon is greatest identified for her characters on late 90s SNL, however what introduced her to that time? Properly, loads of unhappiness, 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 ebook is Molly’s relationship together with her father, who beloved her deeply, raised her and her sister one of the best 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 mates and I have been obsessive about Molly’s SNL characters as youngsters. Molly’s father is probably 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 pal as soon as SNUCK ONTO AN AIRPLANE after they have been children 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 to hear it in Molly’s voice.

You Can’t Be Serious 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 appearing 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 ebook, 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, time and again). And I’ve learn loads of Obama-era memoirs and beloved listening to his aspect of issues and matching it up with the others.

This ebook bought loads 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 favored studying it, however you may inform he was SUPER guarded on this a part of the ebook. Which is his proper, after all. It simply felt like he was holding himself again.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar (2022) — This novel tells a swirling story of ladies in India. Smita, an Indian American journalist, 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 ebook and I appreciated the standpoint — a lady who left India as an adolescent after a traumatic expertise and tried to turn into as American as she may. So many books within the US about creating nations deal with poverty porn and trauma, however I appreciated the scenes that befell in Mumbai, studying a lot extra about this metropolis with its many layers.

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

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

How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis (2022) — It is a cleansing and organizing ebook in contrast to any you’ve ever learn, as a result of it focuses on neurodivergent folks and people with nervousness, melancholy, fatigue, ADHD, or lack of assist. These are sometimes the individuals who wrestle with chores — “care duties,” as Davis calls them — and this ebook is a delicate, compassionate information to doing what you may.

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

I additionally favored her method of tidying by dividing every thing into classes: laundry, dishes, not as a substitute, doesn’t have a spot.

A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for a Beautiful, Affordable, and Stress-Free Situation by Meg Keene (2019) — How do you intend a marriage with out going broke or shedding your thoughts? This ebook 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 members of the family, Instagram strain, or the marriage industrial complicated.

Just about everybody recommends this ebook for the newly engaged and I feel it’s a fantastic learn, if a bit redundant at instances (Do what you need! is principally restated in dozens of various methods). I particularly favored the start, the way it encourages you and your accomplice to deal with the emotions 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 pal Amanda from A Dangerous Business and I are going for 12 days, circling the Ring Street and past!

This, after all, comes out of my catastrophe in Might the place I unintentionally rented a handbook car for my Iceland highway journey, there have been actually no automated automobiles left within the nation, and I needed to go residence. However in a number of methods it’s labored out for the higher.

This itinerary is SO a lot 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 scorching 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 a number of instances, however we’ve by no means finished the Ring Street, so that is new territory. We’re including in a number of cool detours — the Tröllaskagi Peninsula and the Westman Islands — plus going whale watching, horseback using on the seashore, taking a puffin-spotting RIB safari, and visiting tons of waterfalls and scorching springs.

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

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