Author Archives: Kate

My Upper West Side Man

A few weeks ago, we were in New York City, and a friend let us stay at her apartment in the Upper West Side. We took the briefest of naps before heading out for a very long night, and when we hesitantly stepped out from under the awning, we discovered that the miserable and humid…

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is, as always, the greatest. Emily is a dainty elote eater while Josefin and I are ravenous. Or maybe that’s just me. The elote at El Chucho is really incredible. Described as a “street corn on the cob,” it’s roasted with spices and cheese and served as a salty, gooey delight. MMMM….

Opinionated in DC

You want opinions? This garbage truck has plenty. According to Wikipedia, Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם or תקון עולם[1]‎) is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early…

Rainy day in DC

When I lived in Sweden that first, hard winter, people tried to excuse the bone-chilling cold with reassurances that it was the worst winter in decades. As the dark and the wet continued, I grew increasingly convinced that the Swedes (otherwise referred to as “my friends” in happier times) were nothing more than a very…

South River Falls in Shenandoah Park

A week after visiting Lara, I was back in Shenandoah, this time with Simon instead of on my own. We went for a hike along the South River Falls trail because the park ranger promised waterfalls. We weren’t disappointed. Afterwards, we picnicked on leftover Afghani food from the day before and ate pie before heading…

Drive through Shenandoah

I went to Roanoke and Blacksburg last weekend via the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, and despite the torrential rain and low visibility that persisted for the first half of my seven hour drive, I still saw beautiful nature. For example… I also felt pretty lucky to be driving through Shenandoah in the clouds…

Round Two

That happened…

Blue skies in DC

I had a headache all morning yesterday, so I took a break from work around 1 pm to walk around a little and get some fresh air. I went through the canal areas and down to the Georgetown harbor. It was all bright sun, blue skies, and business lunches, with the occasional yacht floating by….

What non-Swedes should know about Sweden – according to ABBA

Since I work at the Embassy of Sweden as a tour guide, I get a lot of questions about what I thought of the country and my experiences living there. I tell them the truth — that I had a great 2.5 years there, had a satisfying job, really amazing friends, and a very comfortable, good…

Lenten sugar cravings

I gave up sugar for Lent again, which is easier than it was last year but STILL NOT FUN in any way. (Just to impress upon you the hardcore nature of this promise, I’m not eating anything with honey or artificial sweeteners in it either, which means no flavored yogurt, no lattes, and no processed…