Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Valencia: More Than Just Fire

During Las Fallas, Valencia is a heaving mass of people in costume, bands playing, and firecrackers exploding every minute.  And that’s honestly not an exaggeration at all. Want to see how insane it was?  Check out the view from our balcony at Purple Nest Hostel: Seriously.  Imagine that, nonstop, all day and all night. After [...]

100 Years Since Titanic.  1 Year Since My Wreck.

I almost missed the date.  March 28th was the anniversary of my shipwreck off the coast of Komodo Island in Indonesia.  I wouldn’t have remembered if my shipmates hadn’t emailed me.  It was good to hear that they’re doing well these days, especially little baby Elin, who was just 10 months old when our Perama [...]

Sh*t Travel Bloggers Say

A few weeks ago, I contributed to the “Sh*t Travel Bloggers Say” video, put together by the incredibly talented Cailin O’Neal of the Travel Yourself TV show. If you’ve seen the videos spun off by the popular “Sh*t Girls Say” video (my favorites: Sh*t Boston Girls Say, Sh*t Asian Girls Say, Sh*t Southern Gay Guys [...]

How to Tie a Bedouin Scarf

On this icy cold Sunday — well, at least it is here in Massachusetts! — I’ve got a video for you straight from the desert: Wadi Rum in Jordan. While in Jordan, I learned that there are SO many ways to tie a headscarf, either for men or for women. And I wanted to learn [...]

Camping with Bedouins in Wadi Rum

I was very much looking forward to the Wadi Rum leg of my trip to Jordan — because I would be camping in the desert!  As a girl who has camped her entire life, first went camping at twelve days old (!), and took her first steps in a tent (seriously), I knew camping with [...]

Walking into Petra for the First Time

I knew I’d be impressed by Petra.  After reading glowing review after glowing review, it seemed like there would be no other option.  And was I ever. It takes a long time to get to the Treasury, Petra’s most famous icon.  The long, winding path through Petra’s Siq is 1.2 km long and will take [...]

Adventurous Kate Rides a Donkey; Hilarity Does Not Ensue

When visiting the incredible site of Petra in Jordan, you MUST visit the Monastery.  It’s a bit of a hike to get to it, but so worth it. It’s just as impressive as the Petra’s most famous building, the Treasury, but its remote location keeps the crowds away. The views at the top are unforgettable, [...]

Haggis Quesadillas? Yes, They Exist.

Haggis is the quintessential Scottish food.  And it sounds pretty scary. According to Wikipedia: Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours. Yeah…I know. Despite the description, lots of people [...]

Greetings from a Crazy Man in Edinburgh

I spent a few days in Edinburgh this past week.  It was my first time in Scotland, and I absolutely LOVED it — I can’t wait to return!  I came for the Edinburgh Travel Tweetup and ended up seeing a lot of old friends and making some new ones, as well as some great contacts [...]

Getting to Know Chester: A New Video!

Before my trip to Southeast Asia, I had never heard of Chester, England.  Less than a year later, Chester has become my base here in Europe! Chester is a beautiful city in the northwest of England, and I wanted to share more of it with you all — so I waited until the most beautiful [...]