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AK Month-to-month Recap: January 2024


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After a whirlwind journey to South America in November and December, January was meant to be a quiet antidote. And it was — a busy month of working, wholesome dwelling, and beginning the 12 months off robust!

This month, I made an enormous aim for 2024: I need to go to no less than one new vacation spot within the Czech Republic each month of the 12 months. I’ve been resolving annually to go to extra locations within the Czech Republic, and it hasn’t actually been understanding, so this looks like a option to truly go to new locations regularly.

I determine that even in very busy journey months (and March goes to be one!), I can squeeze in a fast day journey someplace.

So I started working this month, with a really snowy and wintry go to as much as Liberec.

Kate taking a smiling selfie wearing a big winter coat with a furry hood. She's on a snowy square in Prague, a Gothic church behind her.
A snowy day in my neighborhood of Karlín, Prague.

Locations Visited

  • Prague and Liberec, Czech Republic
Balloon letters spelling out "Happy Ne Year."
“Ne” means “no” in Czech, so this “Completely satisfied Ne Yr” signal made me chuckle!

Highlights

Getting actually, actually into closing my rings. Charlie received me an Apple Look ahead to Christmas — one thing that I resisted for awhile as a result of I believed it might make me appear to be a Spy Child.

Nicely, seems I really like my watch, particularly the detailed well being monitoring data. I’ve develop into obsessive about is closing my rings each single day. Now Charlie and I are each doing loopy dances when it’s time to get one other standing minute!

Between that and Dry January, it’s been a really wholesome begin to the 12 months.

I received my eyebrows microbladed! That is one thing I’ve been pondering of doing for years. Microblading is principally a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that fills within the sparse areas in your eyebrows and makes them look extra uniform; most final round a 12 months.

I went to AR Aesthetics in Prague and completely LOVE how Alesia recreated my brows into a stunning form. However proper now you may’t inform I had something executed in any respect — post-scabbing, your brows look naked till the pores and skin finishes a regeneration cycle, which takes about 22 days. So I ought to see the ultimate ends in per week or so.

For those who get micro bladed, my huge tip is to guide your self a blowout or haircut 5-7 days after the process, as a result of I wasn’t capable of get my eyebrows moist till they stopped scabbing (took about 13 days), and thus couldn’t wash my hair. I received by on dry shampoo till per week in and it was SO good to have another person wash my hair in a means that will preserve my brows dry!

A tall pointy tower shaped like a spaceship, covered with snow and surrounded by fog.
A snowy day at Ještěd exterior town of Liberec.

Visiting Liberec. Liberec is a small metropolis up within the mountains, close to the German and Polish borders. It has a reasonably city corridor, some good coffeeshops, and a cool environment.

The large attraction in Liberec is simply exterior city — a spot known as Ještěd. Ještěd is a bizarre pointy lodge sort of formed like a spaceship, and it has views over the mountains. Or for those who go on as snowy a day as we did, you have got a view of simply clouds!

We had some outrageously scrumptious pumpkin soup (severely, it tasted prefer it was stuffed with meat and cheese) and I liked taking footage of the tree branches with completely frozen snow.

Enjoyable with pals in Prague. One other of my objectives is to do 50 new issues in Prague this 12 months (and no, I can’t go all in on eating places or it might be ALL RESTAURANTS). My pal Janna and I hit up the Christmas Metropolis Cinema, which was placing on Bridget Jones’s Diary — one among my all-time favourite motion pictures. And also you stroll in by means of a wardrobe, prefer it’s Narnia!

And my pal Harvey came visiting and we hit up the Banksy exhibit, the Dvorak Museum, and sure, the Intercourse Machines Museum. All very a lot price visiting.

Enjoyable with the kitties. They’re simply the perfect. We additionally began them on Feliway this month on the vet’s advice and so they’ve been extra relaxed and happier to play with one another.

Murray and Lewis, two gray tabby cats, both lying on Kate's outstretched black hoodie.
They’ll sleep collectively provided that it’s on my black hoodie.

Challenges

No challenges price mentioning right here this month. The hardest factor has been coping with the darkness of January and its consequential seasonal despair. 4 PM sunsets and no Christmas lights to cheer you up.

Cement walls with Banksy's art painted on them, including a figure riding a horse with his cloak obscuring his face.
The Bansky Expertise in Prague — effectively price a go to.

Weblog Posts of the Month

There have been a LOT — most of them concerning the Florida Keys and Montenegro. Are you prepared? I’m not going to summarize them as a result of the titles are kind-of self-explanatory.

My Favourite New Locations of 2023

30+ Greatest Issues to Do in Key West, Florida

13 Greatest Key Lime Pies in Key West

24 Fabulous Issues to do in Key Largo, Florida

25 Greatest Florida Keys Seashores

22 Enjoyable Issues to Do in Islamorada, Florida Keys

30 Most Lovely Seashores in Montenegro

15 Greatest Issues to Do in Budva, Montenegro

17 Lovely Issues to Do in Kotor, Montenegro

15 Greatest Issues to Do in Monopoli, Italy

24 Cool Issues to Do in Lenox, MA

12 Enjoyable Issues to Do in Stockbridge, MA

Perfect frozen snow-covered evergreen tree branches.
I liked these completely frozen tree branches close to Liberec.

Guide Membership This Month

Our subsequent guide membership will happen on Sunday, April 7, at 1:00 PM Japanese Time. Sure, I do know that’s a very long time from now, and I apologize for that — I actually have a dedication each Sunday till then (besides Easter Sunday, which I’m not touching).

We shall be studying Nervous Circumstances by Zimbabwean creator Tsitsi Dangarembga.

“The groundbreaking first novel in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s award-winning trilogy, Nervous Circumstances, received the Commonwealth Writers Prize and has been ‘hailed as one of many twentieth century’s most important works of African literature’ (The New York Occasions).

Twenty years earlier than Zimbabwe would win independence and ended white minority rule, thirteen-year-old Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her schooling. On her shoulders relaxation the financial hopes of her mother and father, siblings, and prolonged household, and inside her burns the need for independence.

She yearns to be freed from the constraints of her rural village and thinks she’s discovered her means out when her rich uncle affords to sponsor her education. However she quickly learns that the schooling she receives at his mission faculty comes with a value.”

You may enroll right here. Hope to see you there!

Most Widespread Reel on Instagram

I haven’t been doing a lot on Instagram currently — simply feeling tremendous burned out in each different enterprise route — however I did create a reel about my new eyebrows! (Let’s simply hope that they stick round!)

For extra updates from my travels, you may observe me on Instagram at @adventurouskate.

What I Watched This Month

I’ve a brand new favourite TV present, and it’s known as For All Mankind. It’s on Apple TV+. I didn’t watch it initially as a result of it appeared sci-fi-ish, and I’m not an enormous sci-fi fan — however belief me, it’s SO SO SO SO GOOD.

Don’t learn something about it — simply watch the primary episode. And also you’ll be hooked.

Charlie and I’ve watched a single episode for 34 of the previous 35 nights. Up to now the collection has 40 episodes general (4 seasons of 10 hourlong episodes).

The showrunners say they’ve a seven-year plan for the collection, and so they’ve received that Apple cash, so I’m wanting ahead to the place they’re going to go!

A cobblestone street in Prague, dusted with a layer of snow and surrounded by yellow buildings.
A snowy winter day in mala strana, Prague.

What I Learn This Month

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (2016) — This guide is a contemporary retelling of Satisfaction and Prejudice, set in Cincinnati and starring a household of wayward sisters who preserve working into the identical two docs, one among whom is the alum of a current actuality courting present. Will journalist Liz be capable to save her household from monetary smash and her sister be capable to discover real love, and can that terrible Fitzwilliam Darcy begin leaving her alone?!

I’ve been working my means by means of Curtis Sittenfeld’s books, and this was a stunning one. A really devoted adaptation (and much more significant once you learn the afterward, which was about writing the guide for her terminally ailing Austen-loving pal). Satisfaction and Prejudice is simply SO simply adaptable — I truly rewatched Fireplace Island after studying this guide, which is one other fabulous adaptation!

You Might Make This Place Lovely by Maggie Smith (2023) — Poet Maggie Smith’s life modified after her poem Good Bones went viral worldwide. SO a lot occurred after that poem, and one unhappy and sadly predictable factor was that her husband couldn’t deal with her being extra profitable than him, had an affair, and left her and their kids. It is a divorce memoir.

I actually get pleasure from studying works of prose by poets, as a result of they take such care with each phrase. This guide feels on the identical time delicate and incisive, and I loved being in Maggie’s head for a bit, even when the subject material was bleak. That stated — that is one guide the place I need to see extra of the story past what she shared. Not as a result of I don’t imagine her, however as a result of she portrayed her ex-husband in such an arch means that I can’t see what she or anybody ever preferred about him within the first place.

Everybody Right here is Mendacity by Shari Lapena (2023) — On this thriller thriller, a nine-year-old lady goes lacking and captivates the nation. Her father seems to be a LOT like he might be behind her disappearance — however turns on the market are lots of people who might be equally believable kidnappers for this annoying-as-hell child.

I learn this guide as a result of Roxane Homosexual beneficial it in her publication. And it IS a fast-paced thriller that retains you guessing. I couldn’t cease listening to it. Nevertheless it has one among my LEAST favourite literary tropes — the precocious baby who talks, thinks, and acts like an grownup. My eyes practically rolled out of my head.

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (2022) — Avery is a therapist who misplaced her license; she now acts within the capability of a advisor who isn’t sure to the legal guidelines and ethics of remedy. She begins working with a pair trying to rebuild their relationship after infidelity — however quickly Avery is swept up in a a lot darker, extra difficult thriller than what she signed up for.

Eh. It’s a meh thriller. Not one of the characters me, and nowhere did Avery display how her lack of ethics might make her a greater therapist. The perfect a part of the guide was when Avery adopted a candy however hard-to-adopt pit bull, and the canine DID NOT die on the finish. Phew.

Rue Cremieux, a small Paris street with brightly pastel-colored buildings.
Rue Crémieux in Paris

Coming Up in February 2024

My 2024 travels are kicking off in mid-February! First off, Charlie and I shall be visiting London. I’ll be attending IMM UK, a journey trade occasion, and we’ll be celebrating a belated Christmas together with his household, going to see the Arsenal ladies’s staff play, and gorging ourselves on Chinese language meals at Hunan and Indian meals at Dishoom.

Then I head to Paris alone for 2 days. I’m truthfully primarily going to do some purchasing intel (aka check out ALL THE BRANDS I LOVE and see how I like them in actual life). Past that, I are likely to a whole lot of the identical issues every time I go to Paris, so this time I need to do all new issues. It’s been enjoyable planning.

So what’s going to my new Czech vacation spot of the month be? Mariánské Lázně! Charlie and I shall be visiting this well-known Czech spa city close to the tip of the month.

Like Karlovy Range, Mariánské Lázně is likely one of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nice Spa Cities of Europe, although it’s extra standard with Czechs than worldwide guests. Winter looks like a pleasant time to luxuriate in some geothermal waters.

Any plans for February? Share away!