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AK Per month Recap: December 2022


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Right here we’re on the finish of the yr! I’ve mentioned such a lot about 2022 in my year-end recap posts that I received’t pass on to any extent further. Let’s simply check out the month.

Greater than the rest, December was once all about Christmas — and also you’ll see it within the pictures. I stopped up celebrating Christmas all of a sudden throughout 4 nations this month.

I additionally learn numerous just right 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 Marketplace in Vienna, an adult-oriented marketplace with a variety of pop-up bars.

Highlights

An improbable Christmas marketplace travel to Vienna. Unusually, Charlie and I’ve by no means been to Austria in combination! We’ve each been to Vienna a number of instances, and it’s by no means been one in every of our absolute favourite towns, however we made up our minds to try their mythical Christmas markets.

Neatly, they have been FANTASTIC. One of the best possible I’ve ever visited in Europe. A just right quantity of range in markets (some extra adult-oriented, some higher for hand-crafted presents, some extra art-oriented). Lots upon heaps of flavors of gluhwein and punsch, making towns that serve one unmarried taste of mulled wine seem like a shaggy dog story.

We additionally were given to hang around with our Vienna buddies, Becki and Markus, in addition to Becki’s dad, and revel in a marketplace night, adopted via their favourite native Irish pub.

My largest advice? Put on thermals. It was once VERY chilly (temperatures hovered simply above freezing, which isn’t whilst chilly as it may be there). My Uniqlo thermal best and leggings saved me in reality playing the travel, and I’d had been depressing with out them.

The Global Cup. I watched SOOOOO a lot of the Global Cup, and the way extremely pleasurable was once it? A really wild fit up till the top, and I used to be so glad for Argentina and Messi.

We purchased a cool unfashionable eating desk and a few similarly funky chairs. They’re mid-century trendy items at the start designed for the 1958 Brussels Expo. In spite of that, they have been all relatively reasonably priced.

It’s so tough to seek out secondhand furnishings within the Czech Republic that isn’t IKEA. I’m relatively happy about those.

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 phase eating place, phase butcher store, dishing up outrageously just right steaks and the most efficient burger on the planet. Kantyna additionally places on a butcher’s dinner referred to as Dinner Off the Bone, the place they serve you extraordinary cuts.

They paused Dinner Off the Bone when COVID hit however FINALLY introduced it again! We made up our minds to do it for Friendsmas and feasted on crispy pigs’ ears, cushy pigs’ brains, and in truth, essentially the most scrumptious tripe I’ve ever had.

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

Spending my first Christmas with Charlie’s circle of relatives in the United Kingdom. Seeing how a lot his sister decorates her space and serving to Charlie prepare dinner a really insane quantity of meals have been two of the highlights.

Lewis and Murray made a brand new hairy good friend. Baliček, our buddies’ cat, got here to stick with us for 10 days. We have been curious to look how our cats would react — they haven’t noticed different cats since they have been of their foster house.

It took about 5 days for them to heat up to one another, and required some partitioning and muddle field jiujitsu, however they appeared to get alongside beautiful effectively via the top! (I believe they’re satisfied to have us to themselves once more, regardless that.)

Baliček is the sweetest, maximum loving cat on the planet, and it was once great to look at a film with him purring away for 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.

Demanding situations

I wasn’t making plans to discuss with the USA 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 pass into element past that.

I’m thankful to have had miles stashed away so it value me $200 as a substitute of $1500. In the event you reside a long way clear of family members, chances are you’ll need to do the similar.

And in the event you’re now not into miles, simply having a strong emergency fund is so essential. For horrible instances like those, you don’t need to upload monetary tension on best.

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 were given into AI this month. I’m a pirate!

Weblog Posts of the Month

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

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

My Perfect Trip 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 yr (and a much more digestible publish consequently).

My Worst Trip Moments of 2022 — Aaaaaand everybody’s favourite publish of the yr. Sure, poop is concerned.

A Customer’s Information to Winery Haven, Massachusetts — And a bit information to a wonderful, underrated the 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

At the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I put up unique content material and never-told tales that you’ll be able to get admission to for $6 per thirty days. We even have a non-public Fb staff and contributors get unfastened get admission to to the E-book Membership each and every month.

This month at the Patreon, I did a publish about my favourite vacation spot of 2022: Naples, Italy. Naples completely blew me away and on this publish, I mentioned what I like maximum in regards to the town and the favourite issues I did.

I additionally wrote a publish in regards to the posts that earned essentially the most on Adventurous Kate this yr — a deep dive into which all-time posts did the most efficient, and which posts revealed in 2022 did the most efficient, and why.

And I wrote a bit be aware on the finish of the yr about what was once 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 gorgeous Christmas desk.

E-book Membership This Month

Our subsequent E-book Membership will happen on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET. We will be able to be studying and discussing Son of Somewhere else via Sudanese Canadian creator Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

“At twelve years previous, Elamin Abdelmahmoud emigrates together with his circle of relatives from his local Sudan to Kingston, Ontario, arguably one of the vital homogenous towns in North The united states. On the airport, he’s passed his Blackness like a passport, and realizes that he wishes to be told what this identification method in a brand new nation. 

Like any teenagers, Abdelmahmoud spent his early life attempting to determine who he was once, however he needed to do it whilst finding out to steadiness a brand new racial identification and all of the false assumptions that got here with it. Abdelmahmoud discovered to slot in, and sooner or later become ‘each liberal white dad’s favourite individual within the room.’ However after a few years spent attempting on other personalities, he now should face the portions of himself he’s saved suppressed all this time. He asks, ‘What occurs when the ones identities degree a jailbreak?’ 

In his debut number of essays, Abdelmahmoud offers complete voice to every this type of conflicting selves. Whether or not reflecting on how The O.C. taught him about falling in love, why gazing wrestling allowed him to reinvent himself, or what it was once like being a Muslim teenager within the aftermath of 9/11, Abdelmahmoud explores how our stories and our environments lend a hand us within the proceeding process of defining who we really are.”

You’ll be able to join right here. Hope to look then you definately!

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 Street, London.

New Hampshire Manner Replace

My large success this month on my New Hampshire web page, New Hampshire Manner, was once amassing TONS of e mail addresses for the e-newsletter. This was once due to my new lead magnet, a downloadable calendar list all of the Christmas and vacation actions in New Hampshire in 2022.

Bet what number of e mail addresses it were given me? 537. That’s massive for a small web page. I needed to pass up a brand new stage on my ConvertKit plan!

Listed here are the brand new posts I revealed this month that I believe chances are you’ll revel in: my publish in regards to the Mount Washington Auto Street, which is likely one of the coolest issues you’ll be able to do in New Hampshire, and in the event you’re a New Englander, you may want to try the Jingle Bell Chocolate Excursion in Jackson subsequent yr!

And I’m very excited for my first New Hampshire Manner Mediavine cost to return in nowadays or the following day! In spite of everything, I am getting to the touch the cash the web page’s making!

What I Watched This Month

The White Lotus! GOD, I LOVE THIS SHOW! I’m hoping Mike White assists in keeping making them for the following decade! So effectively written, this type of nice forged, a wild satire of the wealthy, and the COSTUMES.

Each seasons have been just right. I believe the primary was once higher in regards to the interactions between the other visitors. However the second was once completely shocking and I preferred that they confirmed a just right quantity of Sicily past the hotel, all in sun-dappled mild. (Additionally, amusing truth: the seashore scenes have been filmed in Cefalù, now not Taormina.)

And wager what? Charlie and I booked a travel to Palermo in February ahead of gazing the display! I’m much more excited now.

Past The White Lotus, I loved Glass Onion and Nope for motion pictures and An Night time You Will Fail to remember for the Remainder of Your Lifestyles, 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: just right, however inferior to Vienna.

What I Learn This Month

I stopped up completing 2022 with 33 books learn. The bottom selection of years, and that’s ok. I did end the yr with a couple of fabulous reads.

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional via 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 ahead of all that, he was once a bomb that exploded his folks’ lives-or so he was once advised. 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 circle of relatives and self.”

First off — I believe we will agree that is a long way and away the most efficient ebook identify of the yr! Fitzgerald is my age and grew up deficient in rural North Central Massachusetts (My dad: “Was once he in Gardner?” Me: “No, Gardner was once the place he went when he wanted a town“). Surprisingly, I think like it is a standpoint now not shared very continuously — maximum New England-specific memoirs are about city lifestyles round Boston.

I like Fitzgerald’s voice, and the way he makes the connections between the violence by which he grew up and a lifestyles that led him to bartending in San Francisco, smuggling provides into Myanmar, and in the end discovering forgiveness for his folks. This can be a nice ebook and most probably will have to had been on my best possible of the yr listing if I had completed it in time.

Sea of Tranquility via Emily St. John Mandel (2022) — This novel tells the tales of 3 characters — a Nineteenth-century Englishman leaving for the Canadian wasteland, a Twenty third-century creator residing on a Moon Colony, and a Twenty fifth-century detective the use of time trip to unravel a thriller that comes to all 3 of them.

I fell in love with Emily St. John Mandel’s writing the month ahead of with Station 11, and Sea of Tranquility is full of extra splendidly comforting optimism within the face of a horrifying long run. And past that, what’s so just right about this novel is how the entirety steadily connects to one another, nesting doll-style, sooner or later attaining a really pleasurable conclusion.

This can be a just right one.

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

The Faculty for Excellent Moms via Jessamine Chan (2022) — Frida is a unmarried mom reeling from her husband leaving her for a more youthful girl. However then she has a Very Unhealthy Day — she leaves her 2-year-old daughter Harriet on my own for a couple of hours. When government to find out, they sentence her to a yr residing within the Faculty for Excellent Moms, a prison-like environment that teaches ladies the way to mother or father.

What a freaky, bizarre ebook. The varsity itself jogged my memory of the film However I’m a Cheerleader — it’s a atypical sanitized “the way to be” environment set on strict, nearly cartoon-like gender roles. And it was once miserable. From the instant Frida arrived, it was once transparent that it could take the entirety she had to succeed in their ridiculous expectancies.

This ebook was once phase dystopian, phase sci-fi, and far of it biting satirical remark about ladies’s rights and perspectives on parenting. Value a learn needless to say.

Move Again to The place You Got here From: And Different Useful Tips about Turning into an American via Wajahat Ali (2022) — “Rising up residing the suburban American dream, younger Wajahat wolfed comedian books (devoid of Brown superheroes) and fielded well-intentioned recommendation from uncles and aunties. (“Change into a physician!”)

Now a middle-aged dad, Ali has transform probably the most primary and funniest public intellectuals in The united states. In Move Again to The place You Got here From, he tackles the hazards of Islamophobia, white supremacy, and chocolate hummus, peppering non-public tales with astute insights into nationwide safety, immigration, and popular culture.”

I’ve adopted Ali on Twitter for awhile — he’s a really perfect apply. And this tale is in many ways the memoir of each kid of Pakistani immigrants who got here of age over 9/11, and in addition a novel tale about his circle of relatives’s “curse” that despatched his folks to penitentiary, amongst different issues. It’s a wild learn, and effectively value it.

I’m hoping he will get on presentations speaking about extra issues but even so Islam-adjacent subjects. He merits to.

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

Wealthy as Fuck: Extra Cash Than You Know What to Do With via Amanda Frances (2020) — “For too lengthy, the topic of cash has been shrouded in concern, secrecy, and nervousness. It’s time to appear at the back of the curtain at cash, whilst entering into the empowered monetary truth this is to be had to you. Studying Wealthy As F*ck is certain to ignite an avalanche of trade in crucial spaces of your lifestyles. If you in the end see cash for what it’s and understand your energy over your funds, lifestyles won’t ever be the similar.”

I learn this ebook principally as a result of a number of folks I appreciate are massive fanatics of Amanda Frances. The ebook was once respectable, however not anything I hadn’t heard ahead of.

Scouse borrow Like an Artist: 10 Issues No one Instructed You About Being Inventive via Austin Kleon (2012) — “Not anything is unique, so include affect, college your self throughout the paintings of others, remix and reimagine to find your individual trail. Observe pursuits anyplace they take you—what seems like a interest might turn out to be you lifestyles’s paintings. Fail to remember the previous cliché about writing what : As an alternative, write the ebook you wish to have to learn, make the film you wish to have to look at.

Principally — a lovable ebook, a brief ebook, with a pleasing message. Take the paintings of others you’re keen on and use that to create into unique paintings of your individual. Prevent pressuring your self in the event you don’t really feel unique sufficient.

A big snowstorm in a park in Prague, a crenellated yellow building in the background.
Iciness in Prague appears so much like this!

Coming Up in January 2023

Not anything deliberate this month! Remaining yr I got here to the belief that January is a month the place I’m impressed, goal-oriented, and able to determine just right, tough paintings conduct for the yr forward.

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

I’m hoping we get a pleasing, large storm from snow and revel in it whilst being comfy indoors.

What are your plans for 2023? Percentage away!

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