Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Greetings from Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Mexico!

Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico, is unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. This spa and yoga retreat center completely blows my mind. I’ll be staying here with Nourish Retreats for the next week.  You’ll hear much more about Nourish Retreats and my Sayulita trip in the coming days! Terri and Kim, the founders and co-owners […]

Did We Just Fly Over Afghanistan?!

“Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out to your left, you will see the city of Kabul.” I sat up straight.  Kabul?! “Once again, on the left side, we have great views today of Kabul, Afghanistan.” We were flying over Afghanistan?! I flew from Bangkok to London on Air India, stopping in Delhi on the […]

Eaton Hall: It’s Good to Be the Duke

If you were one of the richest people in your country, and you had to build a vacation home in your home country, where would you build it? I think I’d go for a beach mansion in California.  Somewhere beautiful and dramatic — maybe Santa Barbara. Well, the Duke of Westminster is one of the […]

And So I Went to England

It’s been a bit of a mystery here on Why would Kate completely upend her trip and fly to England, of all places?  A country that isn’t hot, isn’t cheap, and certainly isn’t a convenient stop on the way home?! Well, it was simple. I was invited.  And I accepted. Remember my friend Dave […]

My Favorite Places in Southeast Asia

Since coming home — and even before coming home — I’ve been asked one question more than any other: “What was your favorite place?” I could never narrow it down to one! To me, my destinations are like my children — I could never say I love one more than all the others! That said, […]

Wonderwall Around the World

Back when I wrote about the songs I heard most often in Southeast Asia, there’s one song that always got an enthusiastic reaction: Wonderwall. Lots of songs get people excited.  But Wonderwall elicits something else — genuine affection.  When Wonderwall comes on, it feels like it’s still 1996 and it’s the hottest song on the […]

My Final Days in Asia

It was my fifth visit to Bangkok in the past six months, and I didn’t intend to stay for long. I had planned to finish my time in Thailand with a day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya before heading down to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party. Well, if you’ve been reading […]

Decision Time: What Do I Do Next?

Returning home to Massachusetts has been an odd experience. I’d forgotten that guacamole turns gray after you leave it overnight.  I’ve returned to yelling at the TV during Dancing with the Stars.   And I’m freezing.  Boston had one of its worst winters in recent memory this year, and though it’s mid-May, the trees are […]

Photos: The Best of Songkran in Bangkok

Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok was one of my favorite adventures during my six months in Southeast Asia. And while it’s incredibly hard to get good photographs while everyone is throwing water at you, I managed to get a few good shots.  Here are my favorites. Flowered shirts, water guns and the back of a pickup […]

Songkran in Bangkok: The Greatest Festival on Earth

Songkran in Bangkok is incredible — one of the absolute most fun events on the planet. For three days in April, people celebrate the new year by throwing water on each other, which quickly turns into a giant water fight in the streets. It’s EVERYWHERE in Bangkok, and NOBODY is safe. It could be a […]