Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Why I Could Never Be a Secret Agent

Google Maps has never failed me until now. Mario and I are in Rimini, Italy, a resort town on the Adriatic Sea and part of the Emilia-Romagna region. After a day of sunshine and hill-climbing in San Marino and Emilia-Romagna, we’re exhausted and decide to grab a train back to Bologna. Google Maps predicts that [...]

Sexy Dutch Design and Architecture

Whenever I visit a new country, a few things initially jump out at me — whether it’s the flat toilet bowls of Austria or the fact that you’ll be charged if you don’t turn away the bread that arrives on your table in Portugal. I made my long-overdue first visit to the land of windmills [...]

Bologna la Rossa — Scenes from a Red City

I walked into Bologna and felt my heart swell with happiness.  This was the city I loved so much — a part of Italy that is breathtakingly beautiful yet rough around the edges, home to some of Italy’s best food but still pretty cheap, cultural and enthralling and incredibly conveniently located — yet still off [...]

Storm Arrives in Paris

The best photos have everything to do with timing.  Maybe it’s waiting for the precise moment for your subject to be in the perfect position; maybe it’s a case of waiting for the best lighting of the day. In this case, it was when a storm arrived. After four days of searing heat and bright [...]

Las Vegas has played such a big role in my early twenties.  It’s where my initial travels (and adventures) as an adult began. But above all, these are the memories that I keep closest: Dressing Up and Taking a Limo to In & Out Burger Every time my friends and I go to Las Vegas, [...]

The Joys and Challenges of Traveling with a Project

Traveling on the SOTM tour has been an incredible experience so far.  I’ve never done a trip like this before — doing a project and taking it around the world. Sure, you could consider this site a project, but doing Someone Once Told Me has been so different.  Everywhere Mario and I go, we ask [...]

Ask Kate: What’s On Your Makeup Packing List?

This edition of Ask Kate is about how to look good on the road without packing your entire bathroom cabinet. Hi Kate! I have a question for your Ask Kate series: as a woman constantly on the road, how do you maintain some sort of beauty routine? What are your beauty must-haves on the road? [...]

Weird South Africa: Ronnie’s Sex Shop

You can’t have a road trip without some weird stops along the way.  On my Croatia road trip, it was Hum, “the smallest town in the world” (but probably not really); in Connecticut, it was the aptly named town of Mianus. But one of my all-time favorite road trip stops is a little whitewashed building [...]

Geneva: Funny How Things Work Out In The End

Wow.  The SOTM Tour had only just begun, and Geneva was well on its way to being a complete and total disaster — but in typical fashion, it turned out amazingly! Geneva isn’t a typical city for backpackers to visit.  For starters, it’s expensive. How expensive? 10 CHF ($10) for two coffees at an outdoor cafe; [...]

The Lost Generation is Alive and Well in Paris

When I first read The Sun Also Rises, I was captivated by the Lost Generation — the American and British expats who lived on the Left Bank of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, creative types, who spent their days writing in cafes, their nights dancing in bars. Employment was nebulous at best, a necessity [...]