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AK Monthly Recap: March 2023

Kate and Charlie taking a selfie, wearing sunglasses, in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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After we climbed down into the cheese stop’s basement, we began introductions. The group was mostly Americans, and mostly younger than us, as expected.

“…and we live in Prague,” I finished.

“You live in Prague!” exclaimed the cheese guy. “So you live in one of the most popular tourism cities in the world, and you have free time, what do you do? You go to the other most popular tourism city in the world.”

I smiled. But on the inside, I was cringing — and wondering why I was so bothered by his comment. Did he think WE were the basic bitches of the group?! Never traveling anywhere but the most popular places? The kind of people who think Budapest is exotic and Mexico is full of cartels?

I know he didn’t mean anything by it. I should have let it roll off. But ever since, I’ve been replaying that comment in my head, and simultaneously chastising myself for having the gall to be bothered by that comment in the first place.

Oh well. This is March!

I like this selfie in part because it blocks the Montparnasse Tower.

Destinations Visited

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Paris, France
Rue Cremieux, a small Paris street with brightly pastel-colored buildings.
Pastel-painted Rue Crémieux, one of the most famous streets in Paris.


A wonderful weekend trip to Paris. Charlie wanted to visit Paris for his birthday — he had never been before — and I planned a fun weekend for us that took in a lot of cool places.

Two activities that we especially enjoyed: a foodie tour of Aligre Market in the 12th, a really wonderful local market, and a cheese tasting experience in the Marais, where we learned so much about French cheeses.

Beyond that, we ate a LOT of French food. Everything from steak tartare to macarons to onion soup, crepes, tarte tatin, and lots of French cheeses.

We did have a few issues with the current turmoil in Paris (more on that below) but overall, we had a fabulous little weekend! And now Charlie is suggesting we find someone with a Paris apartment and cats looking to do a housing exchange!

Seeing King Lear in Prague. We saw a wonderful performance of King Lear at the Estates Theatre in Prague. I read King Lear in high school but never saw it performed until now. It was superb, start to finish.

If you get a chance, you should see a show at the Estates Theatre. The theater is outfitted in robin’s egg blue, as crenellated as Prague’s buildings, and every…

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