AK Month-to-month Recap: Could 2023


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Could was the month Charlie and I had been ready for. That is the month that we celebrated our massive marriage ceremony in Prague. The month our family and friends descended upon our adopted metropolis. The month we celebrated more durable than we ever have.

And it was so, so good.

Right here’s what went down — together with a sneak peak of the primary skilled marriage ceremony pictures!

Kate and Charlie kissing on the banks of the river in Prague on their wedding day. Kate wears a white beaded dress that looks like vines and leaves with spaghetti straps, has her dark hair in a vintage-style updo, and Charlie wears a navy suit. Kate carries purple, pink, peach, and blue flowers.
Simply married in Prague!

Locations Visited

  • Karlovy Differ, Loket, Prague, and Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Kate and Charlie on their wedding day (Kate in a long beaded white dress with spaghetti straps) smile at their officiant, wedding guests and a railway bridge behind them.


The marriage, the marriage, the marriage! Actually, all of it went SO effectively. Charlie and I didn’t notice till it was in full swing that we primarily threw a journey blogger convention, simply with no academic worth in any way!

We initially ended up planning three days of marriage ceremony revelry for our company, and it shortly changed into 5 days of organized occasions.

On the primary day, the marriage eve eve, we invited our buddies to hang around on the pizza fritta and beer pageant at Dva Kohouti and Bufet, two cool venues in our neighborhood of Karlín. The night churned alongside, Charlie went off to his bachelor social gathering, and our buddies took me out for “Kate’s stag do” at Lokal!

On day two, six of my girls joined me for a bridal luncheon at CottoCrudo on the 4 Seasons, which places on a implausible three-course enterprise lunch with a view of the fortress (considered one of my favourite uncommon issues to do in Prague). After that, I dropped them off for a strolling tour of Prague that Charlie organized for our company.

Kate and a huge group of friends taking a big smiling picture at a pub in Prague.
Kate’s Stag Do: first occasion of our unofficial journey blogger convention!

That night was our welcome dinner at Manifesto Market, the good out of doors meals corridor in Prague, with a lot of nice meals and drinks! It was such a enjoyable night. And a beautiful shock was that two buddies I made in Antarctica, Bob and Barbara, have been passing by Prague that day — so I invited them they usually got here! It was so good to see them once more and introduce them to my family members.

Then the marriage day! The ceremony occurred within the afternoon at A(void) Floating Gallery, a moored boat on shore overlooking the fortress within the distance. After the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour on board, then our company boarded a historic picket tram with open home windows to take them on a 40-minute scenic tour of Prague earlier than taking them to the reception. Within the meantime, the marriage social gathering rode in a hummer limo!

The reception was at Arthur’s Pub, a beautiful upscale Irish pub in our neighborhood. The out of doors space was completely idyllic — it barely wanted decor in any respect. And the employees have been past implausible — they cherished us as a lot as we cherished them.

Everybody stored raving about how good the meals was, the cake blew our minds, and the band, Tram 69, stored everybody dancing till late! (Additionally, cops confirmed up sooner or later.)

The subsequent day, we hosted folks for an off-the-cuff lunch at Cafe Frida, a Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood. We introduced the flags and loved everybody’s firm, then FINALLY Charlie and I went house to crash, snuggle the cats, eat leftover schnitzel and tiramisu, and watch Under Deck.

The day after that? French meals and Prosecco pageant throughout the river, with extra of our company! And that night, we took a bunch of oldsters out to Kantyna, our favourite place in Prague and the place we went after our elopement.

I will probably be doing a full put up in regards to the marriage ceremony as soon as we now have all of the skilled pictures! Our photographer Teru Menclova despatched us a number of already as a preview.

Kate standing with her bridesmaids Beth, Cailin, and Sarah in long gowns in shades of purple and blue. Holding Beth's hand is her five-year-old son in a  tiny Panama hat and sunglasses.
Me with bridesmaids Beth and Cailin, maid of honor Sarah, and flower child E!

PERFECT WEATHER ALL WEDDING WEEK. Severely. It’s so uncommon to have climate THAT good for THAT lengthy in Prague, but it surely was completely good. I’m so glad we determined to have the marriage in late Could!

No COVID instances post-wedding. We requested everybody to check earlier than touring to Prague and on the morning of the marriage, handing out checks on the dinner the night time earlier than (they’re nonetheless round $1 every in Prague, which REALLY must be the case all over the place), and stored nearly all the marriage ceremony occasions outdoor.

Welcoming my family and friends to Prague. The marriage, in fact, was the principle occasion, but it surely was very nice to point out items of our Prague life to our family members. I like that we bought to convey folks to considered one of our favourite festivals of the yr, Pivo a Burger (beer and burger).

We introduced buddies to our favourite cocktail bar, Bugsy’s Bar, and naturally we took everybody to our favourite butcher store, Kantyna. And it was nice seeing my buddies go to a lot of our favourite Prague eating places — Eska, Discipline, Naše Maso, Lokal, Manù, and Krystal have been amongst everybody’s favorites.

It was particularly good welcoming my buddies’ children to Prague — and their mother and father realizing what a tremendous place Prague is to have a child. So many festivals. Limitless rooster schnitzel.

The medieval city of Cesky Krumlov, sitting on a hill, lots of orange-roofed homes and church steeples, all surrounded by a calm river.
Cesky Krumlov on a late spring afternoon, simply earlier than sundown.

A fast journey to Český Krumlov. I hadn’t been to Český Krumlov since December 2019, and it was so good to return and present a unique a part of the Czech Republic to my mother and her companion Tom. What an important go to! Krumlov is a beautiful little city, and it was such a unique place within the spring!

Everybody was out rafting and taking boat journeys (together with one bachelor social gathering with a blow-up doll in tow). I actually need to return to go rafting! And now I’m satisfied that perhaps one night time isn’t sufficient…perhaps it could be good to go for 2 entire nights someday.

We additionally completed our first mini-moon to Czech spa city of Karlovy Differ on the primary day of the month, visiting the gorgeous city of Loket on the best way again.

Meals festivals galore. Man, summertime in Prague is SO good. It’s so good understanding there’s a cool meals pageant each weekend! We additionally bought to attend considered one of our favourite occasions of the yr, {the catalogue} social gathering at The Italians Wine and Meals Market, the place meals distributors come from throughout Italy to share their wares with Prague foodies.

Murray began pooping within the litter field once more! Man, that took a while! What lastly labored was including one other litter field in one other room. As soon as he had extra choices with privateness, he felt comfy pooping within the field once more.

A big greenery filled garden with string lights, lanterns, and crowds of people. The best man stands on a table to make a speech; the bride and groom smile beneath him.
How superb was our venue, Arthur’s Pub? Picture by my sister-in-law Jo.


Some marriage ceremony snafus, however nothing too dangerous. We forgot to convey the flags to the ceremony. The gluten-free nut-free desserts bought put out early and everybody ate them forward of time. The flower arch moved from the ceremony to the reception was imagined to be an Instagram spot for everybody, however that part of the outside changed into the “children’ nook,” so no person went up there!

Total, these have been very small issues. Sadly a couple of of our company weren’t in a position to make the marriage because of a last-minute strike at Heathrow, which was unhappy, however other than that, nearly every part went to plan.

I DID NOT SLEEP the night time earlier than the marriage. I slept from 12:30-1:30 AM, then awakened and COULD NOT return to sleep. I attempted every part — meditation, CBD, push-ups, sleep podcasts, a stroll across the neighborhood. Nothing labored. And I began freaking out. How may I do that day on a single hour’s sleep?

I posted on the marriage planning subreddit in a panic. And people brides gave me SUCH good recommendation. They emphasised the significance of simply resting if I couldn’t sleep, to take it straightforward on the alcohol and caffeine, and adrenaline would carry me by the day. They have been proper.

In the long run, I used to be in a position to squeeze in one other nap from 7:30 till 9:15, and I made it by the day simply effective.

My bank card bought stolen the week of the marriage. That hasn’t occurred for a couple of years. Sigh. Not less than CapitalOne sends alternative playing cards internationally with out getting them caught in customs (taking a look at you, Schwab).

Murray bought sick. He began randomly vomiting and stored throwing up, so we took him to the vet. It appears to be hairball-related, and we have to feed him hairball administration meals any further.

Sadly, considered one of us wanted to control him, so Charlie stayed house from Český Krumlov and I took Mother and Tom by myself.

Having to RUN LIKE MAD for a prepare in Ceske Budejovice! Trains from Krumlov have been late, however they normally maintain them a bit so you can also make your prepare to Prague. We needed to soar off and RUN to make the prepare, and we made it with 30 seconds to spare. Glad I bought to point out my mother that quintessential European expertise.

A stone castle built into a craggy hill on the edge of a moat-like river.
The Czech city of Loket is house to a cool fortress.

Weblog Posts of the Month

What NOT to Do in Prague — I like this put up. The definitive information to learn earlier than visiting Prague!

Which of the 6 Martha’s Winery Cities is Proper for You? An outline of the six cities in Martha’s Winery, which every have their very own character and elegance.

30 Gorgeous Mediterranean Islands to Go to As soon as in Your Lifetime — From Ibiza to Crete, from Corsica to Hvar, listed here are essentially the most stunning Mediterranean Islands to go to sometime!

Kate and Charlie smiling at each other on the edge of the boat where they were married. Kate carries a big bouquet of pink, purple, peach and light blue flowers.

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales that you would be able to entry for $6 per 30 days. We even have a non-public Fb group and members get free entry to the Ebook Membership every month.

This month did find yourself being a wedding-heavy month! I shared the complete album of our elopement pictures as quickly as they got here in (haven’t shared any publicly right here besides on Instagram, however I plan on running a blog in regards to the elopement at a later date and can share then).

I additionally shared some early insights after the large Prague marriage ceremony — together with what I’m VERY glad we did, and some issues we may have accomplished higher.

(One factor I’m particularly glad about is deciding on Azazie bridesmaid attire in 5 coordinating however completely different colours and 5 completely different types, all lengthy and chiffon. It stored everybody trying cohesive however in types that flattered them!)

Kate and Charlie in their wedding outfits, embracing in front of a detailed dark green church door.
Simply because we didn’t get married in a church, it doesn’t imply we are able to’t take pictures in entrance of 1!

Ebook Membership This Month

Our subsequent guide membership will really happen in August — on Sunday, August 13, at 7:00 PM ET. We will probably be studying Within the Shadow of the Mountain by Peruvian writer and adventurer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado.

“Limitless ice. Skinny air. The specter of dropping into nothingness 1000’s of ft under. That is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her page-turning, pulse-raising memoir chronicling her journey to Mount Everest.

A Latina hero within the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep within the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her household, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a baby, she began climbing. One thing in regards to the brute pressure required for the ascent—the chance and spirit and sheer measurement of the mountains and dying’s shut proximity—woke her up. She then took her largest ache as a survivor to the most important mountain: Everest.

‘The Mom of the World,’ because it’s recognized in Nepal, permits few to achieve her summit, however Silvia didn’t go alone. She gathered a gaggle of younger feminine survivors and led them to base camp alongside her. It was by no means straightforward. At instances hair-raising, nerve-racking, and at all times difficult, Silvia remembers the acute nervousness of main a gaggle of novice climbers to Everest’s base, all of the whereas coping along with her personal nerves of summiting. However, there have been additionally moments of peace, pleasure, and therapeutic with the energy of her fellow survivors and group propelling her ahead.

Within the Shadow of the Mountain is a outstanding story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for journey, an urge for food for danger, and religion in our personal resilience.”

You possibly can study extra in regards to the guide and purchase it right here.

You possibly can signal as much as attend the guide membership right here. Hope to see you there!

Kate wearing a white denim jacket with a gold bedazzled ring around the edge of the sleeve by the armpit and shoulder, on top of a black top and black satin cargo pants.

Vogue Discover of the Month

I’ve been eyeing this Sandro denim jacket for a couple of months now. It’s a bit unorthodox, and fairly stylish…however you don’t at all times have to purchase one thing you’ll put on for a decade! The place else are you able to discover a bedazzled armpit?

I first cherished the black model of this jacket. It was crazy-expensive, so I bid on it on eBay. Didn’t win the public sale. THEN I discovered the identical jacket, however in white, and for a FRACTION of the listed worth.

So I bought it! Nonetheless attempting to determine how greatest to put on it. I can’t discover it in white anyplace anymore, however you will get it in pale blue denim with rainbow rhinestones right here and in black denim with gold rhinestones right here.

Kate, Charlie, and a bunch of friends packed into a limo, toasting plastic cups of champagne.
A limo was a last-minute marriage ceremony addition and a lot enjoyable!

Facet Tasks Replace

With a lot occurring with the marriage, not a lot bought accomplished on my non-AK work this previous month. However I did get some excellent news! That is my first yr operating Mediavine adverts on New Hampshire Manner throughout excessive season, and site visitors took an enormous upturn main into Memorial Day Weekend!

This has me feeling hopeful about how the location will carry out over the subsequent few months. Summer season is excessive season in New Hampshire — however PEAK season is in early October for foliage!

Most Common Reel on Instagram

I would like you to know that I’ve been making main modifications on Instagram recently, posting a lot of enjoyable Reels about completely different journey and life content material. I’d like to have you ever observe me at @adventurouskate!

My hottest Reel of the month was all about how I selected what to put on for our elopement in April — together with skilled pictures from that day. I needed a classic mid-century look and located the proper gadgets from a couple of distributors on-line.

You possibly can see it above!

What I Watched This Month

This month, I watched Succession in its entirety: all 39 episodes. I watched a couple of episodes some months in the past, however Charlie wasn’t actually into it, so we stopped. I needed to choose it up once more and catch up by the finale, so I studiously binged. An episode on the elliptical every day; an episode earlier than mattress; an additional episode the place I may squeeze it in.

I like Succession — it’s good and well-deserving of all its awards (although I hope among the as-yet-unrecognized actors like Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook lastly win their Emmys this yr). However I do NOT advocate binging Succession! It’s a dense present, with a lot drama and wordplay. You might want to watch an episode and let it marinate.

Under Deck replace: This month, Charlie and I completed Under Deck Down Below and commenced Under Deck Crusing Yacht: Season 2.

Thus far I can say that these two seasons have two of my favourite casts. They actually did the casting effectively (and it was a SMART choice for Crusing Yacht to not convey again any of the folks from terrible Season One).

As a lot as I like Aesha from Down Below, Daisy from Crusing Yacht is perhaps my favourite chief stew ever. She’s nice at her job, she really trains her stews as a substitute of simply complaining about them on a regular basis, and she or he’s really a pleasant particular person you’d need to hang around with.

People sitting outside a cafe in an alley, as the sun begins to go down.
Naples at night time

Coming Up in June 2023

We’re beginning this month with an Italian mini-moon — Charlie and I are heading to Ischia and Naples for a couple of days! I’ve by no means been to Ischia earlier than — it’s an island off the coast of Naples — however Charlie has.

We will probably be having fun with summer season on the Italian seaside as we at all times do, with fritto misto and spritzes, and we plan to do a little bit of climbing, loosen up at a spa, benefit from the seashores (some pivotal scenes from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels happen on Ischia’s seashores!), and have an enormous dinner at a agriturismo. Regardless of being an island, rabbit is definitely the favored dish of Ischia!

We will probably be bookending Ischia with time in Naples — which you would possibly recall was my favourite new vacation spot of 2022. We positively plan on hitting up our favourite pizza locations!

After Italy, we’ll be in Prague for a bit, and we at the moment are absolutely in meals pageant season. The Prague Ice Cream Competition is one I’m significantly trying ahead to.

On the finish of the month, we’re flying to Boston for our third marriage ceremony! And we’re flying in enterprise class on British Airways, which I’ve by no means accomplished long-haul earlier than. The marriage itself is going down in early July and wow — we now have a LOT extra planning we have to do!!

What’s deliberate for you this month? Share away!



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