Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

My Next Adventure: Adventurous Kate in the Middle East!

Image: Maistora Surprise! My next travels will be taking me to a new region of the world: The Middle East. On November 11, immediately after the World Travel Market conference in London, I fly to the Kingdom of Jordan as a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing this beautiful [...]

In Britain, It’s NOT Okay To Be Obese

This weekend, I saw the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing for the first time — also known as the original Dancing with the Stars — and found it nearly identical to the American version.  Same exact show format, same set, same theme music, same costume styles, similar array of D-list celebrities, some of the same judges (Len Goodman [...]

In Italy, Even the Seafood is Hotter Than You

I never imagined that Emilia-Romagna, the land of delectable meats and cheeses, would have so much to offer in terms of seafood! But Emilia-Romagna does, in fact, have a coast — and its most famous coastal destination is Rimini, Italy’s top destination for cheap holidays on the beach.  To have the best seafood, you head [...]

British Culinary Adventures: Making a Steak and Kidney Pie

Despite all the stereotypes about British food, don’t be fooled — the Brits do comfort food spectacularly well.  It’s all about the weather.  On the Northumbria coast and country, far up in chilly, wind-swept northeastern England, do you really think the Geordies crave ahi tuna and avocado salads? Again, it’s Northumbria, not southern California. Of [...]

Gathering Chestnuts in Castel del Rio

In Emilia-Romagna, every town — EVERY town — has its own famous specialty food. In Castel del Rio, it’s the marroni, or chestnuts indigenous to this region. So how did we experience the marroni?  We gathered them ourselves! Le Selve is an agroturismo complex in the mountains above Castel del Rio.  Agroturismo is a tremendously [...]

Bologna, Italy: the Sexy, the Delicious, the Untouristed.

Sometimes, you walk into a place and feel an immediate revelation — this is what I’ve been searching for, and I didn’t know it until now. That’s how I felt about Bologna — la grassa, la dotta, la rossa — my new favorite city in Italy. I’ve been no stranger to falling in love with [...]

Emilia-Romagna — An Introduction in Photos

After spending the past few days in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, I’ve completely fallen in love with this absolutely delicious region. For now, here’s an introduction in photos: Bologna, Emilia-Romagna’s largest city, as seen from Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city center.  Bologna is a university city, a northern city, and a lesser touristed Italian city, [...]

Things that Surprised Me About Thailand

One year ago today, I landed in Bangkok and began my six-month journey around Southeast Asia — and, though I didn’t know it yet, a life of full-time travel. I had prepared for Thailand — I had read the guidebooks, perused the photo galleries, and had read hundreds of blog posts on the country.  But [...]

I’m Off To Delicious Emilia-Romagna, Italy!

I’ve spent a lot of time in Italy, especially northern Italy.  And while I studied in Florence and visited the canals of Venice, the beaches of Liguria, the cathedrals of Milan and the hill towns of Umbria, there are so many places in northern Italy that I haven’t yet visited. The region I’ve wanted to [...]

Fun, Cheap Things to Do in Edinburgh

My whirlwind jaunt to Edinburgh was filled with a surprising amount of sightseeing for the short time that I was there.  Get enough travel bloggers in one place and that will happen, more often than not! I always recommend visiting a city where your friends live and having them show you their favorite places.  It’s [...]