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AK Monthly Recap: December 2022

Kate and Charlie toasting gluhwein mugs with hats on in front of a bright yellow palace with a Christmas tree.

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Here we are at the end of the year! I’ve said so much about 2022 in my year-end recap posts that I won’t go on any longer. Let’s just take a look at the month.

More than anything, December was all about Christmas — and you’ll see it in the photos. I ended up celebrating Christmas unexpectedly across four countries this month.

I also read a lot of good books, found some kickass dining chairs, and welcomed a kitty to our home temporarily.

Let’s take a look at what went on in December 2022.

Celebrating the Christmas season at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna!

Destinations Visited

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Vienna, Austria
  • London, Coulsdon, and Watford, England
  • Reading, Revere, and Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Nashua, New Hampshire
People strolling outside a pop-up bar in a market covered with Christmas lights.
Spittelberg Market in Vienna, an adult-oriented market with lots of pop-up bars.


A fantastic Christmas market trip to Vienna. Surprisingly, Charlie and I have never been to Austria together! We’ve both been to Vienna several times, and it’s never been one of our absolute favorite cities, but we decided to check out their legendary Christmas markets.

Well, they were FANTASTIC. Some of the best I’ve ever visited in Europe. A good amount of diversity in markets (some more adult-oriented, some better for handmade gifts, some more art-oriented). Tons upon tons of flavors of gluhwein and punsch, making cities that serve one single flavor of mulled wine look like a joke.

We also got to hang out with our Vienna friends, Becki and Markus, as well as Becki’s dad, and enjoy a market evening, followed by their favorite local Irish pub.

My biggest recommendation? Wear thermals. It was VERY cold (temperatures hovered just above freezing, which is not even as cold as it can be there). My Uniqlo thermal top and leggings kept me actually enjoying the trip, and I would have been miserable without them.

The World Cup. I watched SOOOOO much of the World Cup, and how incredibly satisfying was it? A truly wild match up until the end, and I was so happy for Argentina and Messi.

We bought a funky retro dining table and some equally funky chairs. They’re mid-century modern pieces originally designed for the 1958 Brussels Expo. Despite that, they were all quite affordable.

It’s so hard to find secondhand furniture in the Czech Republic that isn’t IKEA. I’m quite pleased about…

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