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October is one among my favourite months of the yr, and this yr I acquired to get pleasure from it in three nations. I do get pleasure from consuming pumpkin spice lattes whereas draped in layers of flannel and tall boots as a lot as the following fundamental bitch, nevertheless it’s greater than that.
October is a time for development — there’s one thing about fall that all the time makes me wish to buckle down and work. Possibly that’s a remnant from my faculty days.
Proper now, I’m centered on getting EVERYTHING out earlier than the tip of the yr. Extra posts on the Caucasus; extra posts on Canada. Surveying my readers. Getting my annual present information prepared for the 2019 onslaught. A LOT of tech stuff behind the scenes.
As a result of for me, the yr ends originally of December. Early to mid-December is all the time crammed with my “Better of the Yr” posts, then I’m going offline till after New Yr’s. And this yr I’ll be in Cuba till January four so I’m planning to not be on-line in any respect till then.
In different phrases, we now have hit the hardcore work season. And it feels good.
Prague, Únětice, and Olomouc, Czech Republic
Portegrandi, Aquileia, Grado, Aurisina, Monfalcone, Sgonico, Trieste, Grignano, Repen, Ferrara, and Bologna, Italy
New York, NY
Stress-free in Prague. After such a busy summer season of journey, it was good getting to simply calm down, eat good meals, hang around with pals, and get work performed.
A few of my favourite Prague highlights had been visiting Sapa, a set of Vietnamese shops on the outskirts of Prague that appears EXACTLY like Vietnam; having a “beer tub” whereas consuming from your individual beer faucet at a beer spa; internet hosting a meetup with some readers; a mini-hike by means of the woods into the city of Únětice and again; and Dinner Off the Bone at Kantyna, a superb high-end dinner that includes unbelievable and strange meat cuts.
Slightly getaway to Olomouc. This small metropolis in japanese Czech Republic, near the Polish border, is the proper dimension for a 24-hour getaway. There’s not loads to do, nevertheless it’s fairly, has good meals, and there are some good locations to relax out.
Visiting Italian area #17 — Friuli-Venezia Giulia! I particularly appreciated attending to spend time in Trieste, website of a household thriller. My mom’s father was stationed in Trieste through the early 1950s, and through that point he lived with an Italian lady and her household (!). This was earlier than he met my grandmother. We’ve by no means identified if he was married or if she was ever pregnant. I’ve to say that it was fascinating strolling the streets and fascinated with his time there.
I’ll be trustworthy — Friuli was good, nevertheless it isn’t my favourite area and I don’t really feel compelled to return. I did see a number of cool issues. We visited the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins and cathedral in Aquileia, had a quick go to to the lovable little city of Grado, checked out the ostentatious Castello Miramare outdoors Trieste, and did a particular osmiza tour within the city of Repen.
Do you know that in Trieste province, the town is Italian however the surrounding villages are all Slovenian? Farms in these villages sometimes do “osmiza,” the place they open to the general public and exhibit their merchandise. This might have been a bit arduous to seek out on our personal so we signed up for an Osmiza tour. A neighborhood lady named Martina took us to a farm, introduced us meat, cheese, and wine, and instructed us all about their native tradition.
One good final day in Italy. I spent a beautiful fall day in Ferrara and Bologna with my buds Katie, Steph, Mike, and their superior daughters. Pasta, wine, and having fun with the autumn colours. I lamented that it is going to be not less than six months earlier than I return to Italy.
Surveying my readers and studying a LOT from them. What a terrific survey this was. I actually have to be doing this yearly, not less than.
I provided my 18-month-old practically-a-nephew a bit of cupcake and he took it, seemed me within the eye, and stated, “Thank…you.” And my coronary heart melted. This child is so well mannered! I had enjoyable taking him trick-or-treating, too!
Being again in New York. After three months away, it’s been good to be again. Largely. Spending a lot of time with pals and doing cool issues.
Shedding a pal. And every thing else pales compared. Extra on that within the “In Memoriam” on the finish of the submit.
A visit to the Italian hospital. My boyfriend went from a barely sore throat to having a fever and being unable to swallow, so we went to the hospital in Monfalcone. The analysis? Tonsillitis.
He recovered rapidly with antibiotics, nevertheless it was one other reminder of how sane healthcare is outdoors the US. As an EU resident with an EU well being card, he paid 25 euros ($28) for an ER go to.
Neck and again and arm points. I began feeling ache behind my shoulder on the finish of September, and assumed it was from sleeping bizarre, however then it grew into ache taking pictures down my arm. It was horrible.
I noticed a physiotherapist in Prague (do you know that physiotherapy was invented by the Czechs?) and after a number of classes, it’s again to regular. Seems these months away from the gymnasium haven’t been good for me. I used to be urged to do 10 minutes of yoga twice a day on the very least.
Poor packing. I actually packed for summer season on this journey — since I used to be out of my residence for 3 months, I didn’t have an opportunity to return and swap issues out. In Prague I mainly wore denims and the identical three shirts again and again.
Additionally, I introduced precisely two pairs of denims with me — my two favourite pairs of denims — and so they each acquired crotch holes AT THE SAME EXACT TIME. I needed to throw them each away and get a survival pair at H&M.
Most In style Weblog Publish
Travel to Newfoundland, Canada, and You’ll Never Want to Leave — Not solely was this my hottest submit of the month, it was the preferred submit of the yr. It was shared off my authentic Fb submit greater than 600 instances!!
Different Weblog Posts
24 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Georgia in 2020 — Georgia is a FANTASTIC nation, and it’s about to blow up on the tourism scene. Right here’s what that you must know earlier than you go.
Why You Should Travel to Parma, Italy — Parma is among the prettiest cities in Italy, nevertheless it doesn’t get practically as a lot tourism as close by Milan and Florence. Right here’s why it is best to go and what to do when you’re there!
Survey Results: Who are Adventurous Kate’s Readers, Anyway? — The outcomes of the survey! Actually fascinating stuff. I used to be impressed. Hope you get pleasure from.
Most In style Picture on Instagram
This month marked 9 years since I began touring in October 2010. I made a decision to reshare this picture from my first day on the street in Bangkok. LOOK HOW YOUNG I LOOK! As always, you can follow me on Instagram at @adventurouskate.
What I Watched This Month
This month I lastly caught up on seasons six and 7 of Orange is the New Black. The only smartest thing this sequence did was present the fact of the American jail system and particularly non-public prisons. It’s horrific. And season seven is even worse, as soon as they go into ICE immigration detention facilities, which have just about no guidelines and laws.
They wrapped the sequence up effectively. Some tragedy, some triumph, like the remainder of the present. I’ll miss these characters.
I noticed El Camino, the Breaking Dangerous film on Netflix, about what occurred to Jesse on the finish of the sequence. After I heard they had been making it, my response was, “Why?! Breaking Dangerous had an ideal ending!”
However what? This was nice. Actually a love letter to the followers in each manner attainable. When you had been a Breaking Dangerous fan, you’ll like it!
I additionally noticed Joker in Prague, which…didn’t appear to know what sort of film it needed to be. Although it was superbly shot. It jogged my memory a variety of Drive, which I believe is a far superior film.
Oh, and may we get love for the Grouch parody of Joker on SNL? SO GOOD!!! Greatest sketch of the season to date!
I noticed Booksmart as effectively, which I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED. It’s about two nerdy high-achieving highschool women who resolve to lastly exit and get together for the primary time ever the night time earlier than commencement.
My three finest pals and I didn’t get together in highschool, and I associated to SO a lot to the characters. (The scene after they order a Lyft and the motive force was their principal…the awkwardness…I might EASILY think about that occuring to us!) However even when that doesn’t describe you, this film is SO FUNNY. Watch it!! Extra comedies by ladies writers and administrators, please!
What I Learn This Month
One factor I noticed in Prague was that being in a small metropolis majorly decreased my studying time. I used to be by no means on a tram for longer than 15 minutes on the very most. In New York, I’m recurrently on the subway for 30+ minutes and use that point to learn. At this level, I’m as much as 68 books learn in 2019.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (2019) — Lastly, it’s right here — the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, written 35 years later. The TV present extends far past the unique novel, and this sequel is more-or-less in the identical world because the TV present. Offred, the narrator of the primary e-book, has virtually no presence, although it mentions that Gilead now considers her a terrorist and he or she’s survived two assassination makes an attempt; the e-book is narrated by her daughters Hannah and Nicole, and Aunt Lydia.
I’ve blended emotions about this e-book. I liked it after I learn it — I really like the great world-building Atwood did, and Aunt Lydia’s sections had been excellent. I devoured the entire thing in about 24 hours. BUT. As quickly as I began studying different criticism and evaluations, I seen its shortcomings. There have been a number of main plot holes and it appeared unnecessarily tailor-made to the “teenage woman saves the world in a dystopian future” style.
I see this e-book as extra of a love letter to followers than an excellent standalone novel. And it particularly bothers me that the Booker Prize was just lately collectively awarded for the primary time ever: to Atwood for this e-book and Bernadine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other. Evaristo is the primary black lady to ever win this literary prize, and it sucks that she didn’t get to get pleasure from it on her personal however needed to share it with a longtime white writer who already has tons of different awards.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014) — When Bryan Stevenson was finding out at Harvard Regulation, he felt known as to serve these in want of authorized assist. An internship introduced him to dying row in Alabama, working to save lots of inmates from execution, and he established a basis known as the Equal Justice Initiative. The memoir covers a number of areas of his felony justice work at this time however focuses totally on the battle to free Walter McMillian, a person falsely accused of homicide and condemned to dying.
It is a e-book I’ve been eager to learn for years, and I’m glad I lastly did (not least as a result of the film is popping out in December). I don’t see how anybody can help the dying penalty after studying this. It’s utilized cavalierly, fairly often to harmless or mentally unwell individuals. Youngsters as younger as 13 are typically tried as adults and sentenced to life in jail (the Supreme Courtroom overturned this a number of years in the past thanks partially to Stevenson’s work).
This, together with Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, is among the most vital and highly effective books I’ve examine race, class, and inequality in America.
The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang (2018) — Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is campaigning for president on being a enterprise chief future — most importantly, by selling a Common Primary Earnings (UBI) of $1000 per 30 days to every American. This e-book shines a magnifying glass on how we’re on the cusp of an automation revolution, and we have to have an answer for when there aren’t sufficient jobs for individuals anymore.
First off — I’m not going to vote for Yang, however I’m glad he’s bringing a variety of these points into the highlight, significantly UBI, although I strongly disagree with him that UBI recipients ought to quit meals stamps and different government-subsidized packages for the poor. The e-book is fairly scary. I’ve all the time felt like working in a artistic business protected me from automation — however YOU’D BE SURPRISED at what might be automated. I absolutely anticipate us to undergo one other industrial revolution in 20 years or so.
That stated — one factor that irked me a bit was that there was no intersectionality on this e-book, apart from a number of well-known statistics mentioning that girls and folks of colour make much less cash than white males. It looks like a significant oversight. I can see why some Yang supporters have a libertarian streak and others are Bernie followers — lots of them detest “identification politics,” suppose financial points have an effect on everybody the identical manner, and thus intention for one-size-fits-all options. However that’s not sufficient. It’s one factor to say, “If we create extra jobs general, there will probably be extra jobs for black individuals,” however what do you do about institutional racism stopping black individuals from being employed and promoted within the first place?
I used to be shocked that Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, wasn’t included within the e-book, as he’s performed actually fascinating work with UBI — then I discovered that Tubbs isn’t a fan of Yang as a result of when you obtain the $1,000/month, it guts all social advantages, like meals stamps and Medicaid. Tubbs doesn’t do that in Stockton. Read more about that here.
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of Stars by Scotty Bowers (2012) — This is among the juiciest books about Previous Hollywood you’ll ever learn. After serving in World Battle II, Scotty Bowers moved to Los Angeles and labored at a gasoline station. Together with his broad circle of pals, quickly the gasoline station grew to become “the” place to hang around. And shortly males beginning asking Scotty to set them up together with his pals for paid intercourse. Quickly he was pimping always, without spending a dime (he claims), and have become the man who would hook you up with somebody for no matter you had been into. EVERYONE in Hollywood knew him.
Lengthy story quick, virtually everybody in Hollywood was homosexual or not less than bi. That I do consider. A few of the different stuff strains credulity — like the truth that Bowers by no means took cash for his a long time of specialised pimping. (I believe he stated that for authorized causes.) There’s additionally the truth that a lot of the topics within the e-book are actually lifeless; Bowers printed this e-book at age 88. However was it an entertaining learn? Yeah. It undoubtedly was. A number of individuals had been into some bizarre shit.
One main factor, although — Bowers was sexually abused as a baby. He talks about these experiences and maintains that he loved them. And whereas I believe individuals have the appropriate to do no matter brings them peace with their abuse, I do suppose it’s harmful to publish a e-book with out labeling little one sexual abuse as merciless, inhumane, and felony.
Coming Up in November 2019
Transferring out of New York. I’ve solely talked about a little bit of this publicly on social media, however a number of months in the past, I made a decision to depart New York. There are many causes behind it and I’ll be writing my very own “Goodbye to All That” essay at a later date, in all probability after I’m in Mexico this winter.
However within the meantime…shifting sucks!
The transfer is occurring proper earlier than Thanksgiving, and I’ll be spending that vacation at house in Massachusetts. After that? Touring for a number of months, then committing to a brand new house in mid-2020.
I’m not going to be checking off a bucket checklist of issues I’ve all the time needed to do in New York. I’ll be again on a regular basis and I plan on spending not less than a month right here annually. I believe my way of life is best suited to dwelling part-time in New York quite than full-time.
At any time when I’ve written an “In Memoriam” in these posts, it’s been a few journey blogger pal who handed away. Wes. Billie. Meruschka. Evelyn. Rachel.
This time, it’s a pal I made on my travels. This beautiful redheaded man is Ashley. We traveled collectively on our Croatia cruise in 2012.
Ash was a candy, type, quiet man. He and I had been the one two who refused to leap off the highest of the boat — however we had a blast dressing up like pirates, climbing the mountain at Omiš, doing photographs of god-knows-what in Hvar, swimming within the saltwater lake on Mljet. Years after the Croatia journey, we stayed in contact on Fb and swapped journey suggestions.
It’s arduous to discover a silver lining while you lose somebody so younger — nevertheless it made me smile to see well-wishes and condolences pour in from everywhere in the world. Ash made journey a significant precedence in his life. Between that and opening a beloved coffeeshop in Brisbane, he made so many pals who cared for him.
I’ll miss him. I lengthen my deepest condolences to his companion, mom, and family members, and want them consolation within the days forward.
What did you stand up to this month? Share away!