March 29, 2023

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AK Month-to-month Recap: December 2022

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Right here we’re on the finish of the 12 months! I’ve mentioned a lot about 2022 in my year-end recap posts that I received’t go on any longer. Let’s simply check out the month.

Greater than something, December was all about Christmas — and also you’ll see it within the images. I ended up celebrating Christmas unexpectedly throughout 4 nations this month.

I additionally learn a variety of good books, discovered some kickass eating chairs, and welcomed a kitty to our house quickly.

Let’s check out what went on in December 2022.

Kate and Charlie toasting gluhwein mugs with hats on in front of a bright yellow palace with a Christmas tree.
Celebrating the Christmas season at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna!

Locations Visited

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Vienna, Austria
  • London, Coulsdon, and Watford, England
  • Studying, Revere, and Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Nashua, New Hampshire
People strolling outside a pop-up bar in a market covered with Christmas lights.
Spittelberg Market in Vienna, an adult-oriented market with plenty of pop-up bars.

Highlights

A unbelievable Christmas market journey to Vienna. Surprisingly, Charlie and I’ve by no means been to Austria collectively! We’ve each been to Vienna a number of occasions, and it’s by no means been one in all our absolute favourite cities, however we determined to take a look at their legendary Christmas markets.

Nicely, they had been FANTASTIC. A number of the finest I’ve ever visited in Europe. A great quantity of range in markets (some extra adult-oriented, some higher for handmade items, some extra art-oriented). Tons upon tons of flavors of gluhwein and punsch, making cities that serve one single taste of mulled wine appear to be a joke.

We additionally obtained to hang around with our Vienna mates, Becki and Markus, in addition to Becki’s dad, and luxuriate in a market night, adopted by their favourite native Irish pub.

My largest advice? Put on thermals. It was VERY chilly (temperatures hovered simply above freezing, which isn’t whilst chilly as it may be there). My Uniqlo thermal high and leggings stored me truly having fun with the journey, and I might have been depressing with out them.

The World Cup. I watched SOOOOO a lot of the World Cup, and the way extremely satisfying was it? A really wild match up till the tip, and I used to be so blissful for Argentina and Messi.

We purchased a cool retro eating desk and a few equally funky chairs. They’re mid-century fashionable items initially designed for the 1958 Brussels Expo. Regardless of that, they had been all fairly reasonably priced.

It’s so laborious to seek out secondhand furnishings within the Czech Republic that isn’t IKEA. I’m fairly happy about these.

A dark gray cat sitting on a boring wooden chair next to two funky dark wood chairs with rounded tops, a small opening in the back, and cushions covered in a wild jewel-toned geometric pattern.
Baliček the cat and our new chairs.

A Friendsmas dinner at Kantyna. Kantyna is OUR PLACE in Prague — it’s half restaurant, half butcher store, dishing up outrageously good steaks and the very best burger on this planet. Kantyna additionally places on a butcher’s dinner known as Dinner Off the Bone, the place they serve you odd cuts.

They paused Dinner Off the Bone when COVID hit however FINALLY introduced it again! We determined to do it for Friendsmas and feasted on crispy pigs’ ears, gentle pigs’ brains, and actually, probably the most scrumptious tripe I’ve ever had.

(The one non-hit? The room-temperature meat in aspic. Ugh. However our mates’ nine-month-old child couldn’t get sufficient of it!)

Spending my first Christmas with Charlie’s household within the UK. Seeing how a lot his sister decorates her home and serving to Charlie cook dinner a really insane quantity of meals had been two of the highlights.

Lewis and Murray made a brand new furry pal. Baliček, our mates’ cat, got here to stick with us for 10 days. We had been curious to see how our cats would react — they haven’t seen different cats since they had been of their foster house.

It took about 5 days for them to heat up to one another, and required some partitioning and litter field jiujitsu, however they appeared to get alongside fairly properly by the tip! (I believe they’re glad to have us to themselves once more, although.)

Baliček is the sweetest, most loving cat on this planet, and it was good to observe a film with him purring away in your lap!

Three gray tabby cats -- one large and dark, two smaller ones with white bellies and white paws -- standing a round a white coffee table.
Left to proper: Baliček, Lewis and Murray.

Challenges

I wasn’t planning to go to the US on the finish of the month, however unhappy information from house had me reserving a same-day flight to be there for a pal. I received’t go into element past that.

I’m grateful to have had miles stashed away so it price me $200 as an alternative of $1500. For those who dwell distant from family members, you would possibly need to do the identical.

And for those who’re not into miles, simply having a sturdy emergency fund is so vital. For terrible occasions like these, you don’t need to add monetary stress on high.

An AI-generated image of Kate as a pirate wench in a hat and peasant blouse in front of a seascape. The AI gave her huge boobs for some reason.
Like everybody else, I obtained into AI this month. I’m a pirate!

Weblog Posts of the Month

December is all about my Better of the 12 months posts — with a bit of further thrown in.

My Favourite New Locations of 2022 — Naples took the highest crown, however the place else received my coronary heart?

My Greatest Journey Moments of 2022 — From getting engaged in Lake Como to crusing the bluest sea in Sardinia.

My Favourite Reads of 2022 — Simply 5 books this 12 months (and a much more digestible submit in consequence).

My Worst Journey Moments of 2022 — Aaaaaand everybody’s favourite submit of the 12 months. Sure, poop is concerned.

A Customer’s Information to Winery Haven, Massachusetts — And a bit of information to a stunning, underrated city on Martha’s Winery.

A cathedral in Vienna surrounded by modern buildings and blue sky.
We had one blue sky day in Vienna!

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales which 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 on the Patreon, I did a submit about my favourite vacation spot of 2022: Naples, Italy. Naples completely blew me away and on this submit, I talked about what I like most concerning the metropolis and the favourite issues I did.

I additionally wrote a submit concerning the posts that earned probably the most on Adventurous Kate this 12 months — a deep dive into which all-time posts did the very best, and which posts revealed in 2022 did the very best, and why.

And I wrote a bit of be aware on the finish of the 12 months about what was occurring.

A table set for Christmas with a red tablecloth, red and gold napkins, little christmas trees, Christmas crackers, and chair covers with Santa and his reindeer on them.
Charlie’s sister’s lovely Christmas desk.

Ebook Membership This Month

Our subsequent Ebook Membership will happen on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET. We might be studying and discussing Son of Elsewhere by Sudanese Canadian creator Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

“At twelve years previous, Elamin Abdelmahmoud emigrates along with his household from his native Sudan to Kingston, Ontario, arguably probably the most homogenous cities in North America. On the airport, he’s handed his Blackness like a passport, and realizes that he must study what this identification means in a brand new nation. 

Like all teenagers, Abdelmahmoud spent his adolescence attempting to determine who he was, however he needed to do it whereas studying to steadiness a brand new racial identification and all of the false assumptions that got here with it. Abdelmahmoud discovered to slot in, and ultimately turned ‘each liberal white dad’s favourite particular person within the room.’ However after a few years spent attempting on totally different personalities, he now should face the components of himself he’s stored suppressed all this time. He asks, ‘What occurs when these identities stage a jailbreak?’ 

In his debut assortment of essays, Abdelmahmoud offers full voice to each one in all these conflicting selves. Whether or not reflecting on how The O.C. taught him about falling in love, why watching wrestling allowed him to reinvent himself, or what it was like being a Muslim teen within the aftermath of 9/11, Abdelmahmoud explores how our experiences and our environments assist us within the persevering with process of defining who we really are.”

You can sign up here. Hope to see you then!

Kate and Charlie standing outside in coats in front of a sign reading "Portobello Road, it's the most wonderful time of the year"
Christmas posing on Portobello Highway, London.

New Hampshire Approach Replace

My large achievement this month on my New Hampshire website, New Hampshire Way, was accumulating TONS of electronic mail addresses for the publication. This was because of my new lead magnet, a downloadable calendar itemizing all of the Christmas and vacation actions in New Hampshire in 2022.

Guess what number of electronic mail addresses it obtained me? 537. That’s big for a small website. I needed to go up a brand new degree on my ConvertKit plan!

Listed here are the brand new posts I revealed this month that I believe you would possibly take pleasure in: my submit concerning the Mount Washington Auto Road, which is among the coolest issues you are able to do in New Hampshire, and for those who’re a New Englander, you would possibly need to try the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour in Jackson subsequent 12 months!

And I’m very excited for my first New Hampshire Approach Mediavine fee to return in as we speak or tomorrow! Lastly, I get to the touch the cash the location’s making!

What I Watched This Month

The White Lotus! GOD, I LOVE THIS SHOW! I hope Mike White retains making them for the subsequent decade! So properly written, such an amazing solid, a wild satire of the wealthy, and the COSTUMES.

Each seasons had been good. I believe the primary was higher concerning the interactions between the totally different visitors. However the second was completely gorgeous and I appreciated that they confirmed a great quantity of Sicily past the resort, all in sun-dappled gentle. (Additionally, enjoyable reality: the seashore scenes had been filmed in Cefalù, not Taormina.)

And guess what? Charlie and I booked a visit to Palermo in February earlier than watching the present! I’m much more excited now.

Past The White Lotus, I loved Glass Onion and Nope for movies and An Night You Will Overlook for the Remainder of Your Life, a Netflix comedy particular with Steve Martin and Martin Quick.

The Prague Christmas markets, with viewing platform in front of a Christmas tree and church towers.
Prague Christmas markets: good, however inferior to Vienna.

What I Learn This Month

I ended up ending 2022 with 33 books learn. The bottom variety of years, and that’s okay. I did end the 12 months with just a few fabulous reads.

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald (2022) — “Isaac Fitzgerald has lived many lives. He’s been an altar boy, a bartender, a fats child, a smuggler, a biker, a prince of New England. However earlier than all that, he was a bomb that exploded his mother and father’ lives-or so he was informed. In Dirtbag, Massachusetts, Fitzgerald, with heat and humor, recounts his ongoing seek for forgiveness, a extra far-reaching imaginative and prescient of masculinity, and a extra expansive definition of household and self.”

First off — I believe we are able to agree that is far and away the very best e-book title of the 12 months! Fitzgerald is my age and grew up poor in rural North Central Massachusetts (My dad: “Was he in Gardner?” Me: “No, Gardner was the place he went when he wanted a metropolis“). Surprisingly, I really feel like it is a standpoint not shared fairly often — most New England-specific memoirs are about city life round Boston.

I like Fitzgerald’s voice, and the way he makes the connections between the violence through which he grew up and a life that led him to bartending in San Francisco, smuggling provides into Myanmar, and in the end discovering forgiveness for his mother and father. It is a nice e-book and possibly ought to have been on my better of the 12 months listing if I had completed it in time.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (2022) — This novel tells the tales of three characters — a Nineteenth-century Englishman leaving for the Canadian wilderness, a Twenty third-century author dwelling on a Moon Colony, and a Twenty fifth-century detective utilizing time journey to resolve a thriller that includes all three of them.

I fell in love with Emily St. John Mandel’s writing the month earlier than with Station Eleven, and Sea of Tranquility is full of extra splendidly comforting optimism within the face of a scary future. And past that, what’s so good about this novel is how all the pieces steadily connects to one another, nesting doll-style, ultimately reaching a really satisfying conclusion.

It is a good one.

An AI-generated image of Kate in a white blouse, her hair pulled to one side, looking placidly ahead.
One other AI picture. This one was spot-on.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan (2022) — Frida is a single mom reeling from her husband leaving her for a youthful girl. However then she has a Very Unhealthy Day — she leaves her 2-year-old daughter Harriet alone for just a few hours. When authorities discover out, they sentence her to a 12 months dwelling within the College for Good Moms, a prison-like setting that teaches ladies methods to guardian.

What a freaky, bizarre e-book. The varsity itself jogged my memory of the film However I’m a Cheerleader — it’s an odd sanitized “methods to be” setting set on strict, nearly cartoon-like gender roles. And it was miserable. From the second Frida arrived, it was clear that it could take all the pieces she needed to attain their ridiculous expectations.

This e-book was half dystopian, half sci-fi, and far of it biting satirical commentary about ladies’s rights and views on parenting. Value a learn for certain.

Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on Becoming an American by Wajahat Ali (2022) — “Rising up dwelling the suburban American dream, younger Wajahat devoured comedian books (devoid of Brown superheroes) and fielded well-intentioned recommendation from uncles and aunties. (“Grow to be a physician!”)

Now a middle-aged dad, Ali has change into one of many foremost and funniest public intellectuals in America. In Go Again to The place You Got here From, he tackles the risks of Islamophobia, white supremacy, and chocolate hummus, peppering private tales with astute insights into nationwide safety, immigration, and popular culture.”

I’ve adopted Ali on Twitter for awhile — he’s a great follow. And this story is in some methods the memoir of each baby of Pakistani immigrants who got here of age over 9/11, and likewise a novel story about his household’s “curse” that despatched his mother and father to jail, amongst different issues. It’s a wild learn, and properly value it.

I hope he will get on reveals speaking about extra issues in addition to Islam-adjacent subjects. He deserves to.

An AI-generated image of Kate's face covered with pink geometric shapes, Picasso style.
Pink AI! Why not?

Rich as Fuck: More Money Than You Know What to Do With by Amanda Frances (2020) — “For too lengthy, the topic of cash has been shrouded in concern, secrecy, and anxiousness. It’s time to look behind the scenes at cash, whereas entering into the empowered monetary actuality that’s accessible to you. Studying Wealthy As F*ck is certain to ignite an avalanche of change in crucial areas of your life. When you lastly see cash for what it’s and understand your energy over your funds, life won’t ever be the identical.”

I learn this e-book primarily as a result of a number of folks I respect are big followers of Amanda Frances. The e-book was first rate, however nothing I hadn’t heard earlier than.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon (2012) — “Nothing is unique, so embrace affect, faculty your self by way of the work of others, remix and reimagine to find your personal path. Observe pursuits wherever they take you—what seems like a interest could flip into you life’s work. Overlook the previous cliché about writing what you realize: As a substitute, write the e-book you need to learn, make the film you need to watch.

Mainly — a cute e-book, a brief e-book, with a pleasant message. Take the work of others you’re keen on and use that to create into unique work of your personal. Cease pressuring your self for those who don’t really feel unique sufficient.

A big snowstorm in a park in Prague, a crenellated yellow building in the background.
Winter in Prague appears to be like loads like this!

Coming Up in January 2023

Nothing deliberate this month! Final 12 months I got here to the belief that January is a month the place I’m impressed, goal-oriented, and able to set up good, laborious work habits for the 12 months forward.

In different phrases, it was a little bit of a waste being in Mexico final January once I was in tremendous hard-working mode. In order that’s one thing I’ll take into account for the long run. Let’s save the winter getaways for February on the earliest.

I hope we get a pleasant, large snowstorm and luxuriate in it whereas being cozy indoors.

What are your plans for 2023? Share away!

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