guest post -> kristen {anywhere there’s an airport}

by Holly on August 22, 2011

in guest posts

Happy Monday friends! I read all sorts of blogs – from food blogs to fashion blogs to design blogs {<- check out my list of blogs i read for more} – but one of my very favoritest is travel blogs. It’s no secret I love to travel, so when I happened upon Kristen’s blog, I was instantly jealous captivated by her story. An American girl falls in love with a Spanish guy, moves to Spain and immerses herself in a land of ham + meat as a vegan. Go read it now. I know you’ll love it too.

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Anywhere There’s A Pizza

Hello Everythingtarian readers!

My name is Kristen and I write Anywhere There’s An Airport!

I write about the ins and outs and ups and downs of moving abroad, moving in with my boyfriend (now fiance!) and merging our 2 cultures.

Spaniard + American = Love [most days!]

You can read the full story of how I met the Spaniard here, or check out the picture book version here.

I have been blessed beyond measure and pinch myself daily!

But it’s not all sunshine, roses and tapas. I write very candidly about the depths of homesick despair that I sometimes stumble into, but I wouldn’t have my life any other way!

My new European life affords me two wonderful things. Great food and great travel!

I have swiftly fallen in love with all things Italian.

[Add Venice to your travel list!]

Exhibit A:

Real. Italian. Pizza.

Perfect dough – Thin crust – Minimal sauce – Flavorful toppings!

[I will never be the same.]

Exhibit B:

Freshly Roasted Chestnuts

Warm – Smoky – Creamy – Perfect!

[Of course only found in the cooler months.]

My first Italian city was conquered with my mom!

Who else do you take to the city with more Prada’s than pizzas?

Meet Milan!

We shopped our days away –

[Where to next!?]

And dined our nights away –

Cue pizza montage

every single night.

And chestnuts…

every single day.

Added trip bonus: Lake Como

For extra fun, we rented a car. I drove. In Italy! If you have ever driven in Italy you know what a feat this is.

We made it… eventually!

Worth all swear words involved.

My second trip to the boot-shaped peninsula was Rome!

Who wouldn’t want a Roman Christmas!?

The Vatican’s Christmas Tree. Looks a little sparse to me.

It was cold – rainy – and perfect.

The Spaniard is a walking history book.

I rent him out for tours. Enquire below.

Roman pizza is argued to be the best of all Italian pies.

montage 2

Every.single.night.

And every.single.day.

And for an unexpected pizza experience?

Pizza in Paris! Don’t mind if I do!

Paris called for another mother / daughter trip!

Filled with everything you must see…

And everything you you hope to find!

Even in Paris they know pizza…

and Chestnut Chocolate Cake!

My new obsessions have lead me to experiment in my Spanish kitchen.

Successful homemade spelt pizza! [After many trials and many errors.]

And as for the chestnuts…

Looks promising!

Looks can be deceiving.

If you don’t already love Europe, love pizza and love chestnuts… I am hoping you do now! I’m thinking you either you want to kiss me or kill me.

[I’m hoping not the latter.]

One thing I love most about sharing my adventures is helping other travelers! I love receiving email with ‘How To’ questions…

How To: Cell Phones Abroad

How To: Vegetarian Tapas

How To: Eating Venetian

Please stop by Anywhere There’s An Airport anytime!

I’d love to help with any travel questions or just share my daily Spanish adventures with you!

Until then you will find me… anywhere there’s a pizza.

Thank you Holly for this wonderful opportunity! May you be living it up with your current travels… until our Everything and Anywhere selves meet!

  • What city must I see on the east side of the Atlantic?
  • What does your perfect pizza look like?
  • Chestnuts – yay or nay?

{ 10 comments }

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

You are so lucky to get to do this all the time! I’m leaving for Italy in 5 weeks and I’m beyond excited. If you have any recommendations in Milan or the Tuscan region, I’d love to hear them! :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

Holey Moley…I’m hungry for pizza now…and SUPER envious of your life!! ;)

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

@Laura – SO excited for your trip to Italy! Milan was wonderful. But I have not been to the Tuscan region. It is on my list!
In Milan – Our hotel was very close to Il Duomo. All of our restaurants choices were in that area – all walking. This trip was before I blogged with specific restaurant recommendations :( So I don’t have exact addresses for you. But every place we ate was wonderful! I was never disappointed with a meal – or the service for that matter. We used the fool proof restaurant choosing method of checking out the food on the tables – looks good = tastes good. :)
Enjoy! and I’ll be contacting you will Tuscan advice soon!

@ Lindsey – The pizza really is like none other! I put this post together one day before dinner. Not smart! :)

Holly August 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

kristen,

LOVE LOVE LOVE this guest post! it makes me want to jump on the first flight out to italy to join you in all the pizza fun. thank you for writing this and can’t wait to hopefully meet up in london!!

<3
holly

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Holly,

Thank YOU for the opportunity! It was a pleasure. Lucky us – Madrid -> London flights are cheap! Unless otherwise noted consider it done! :)

K

amanda August 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

oh how dreamy! and what a handsome fella!

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

@ Amanda – Thank you! I am one lucky gal :)

Hillary August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Ohhh, Italian pizza. I will never be the same having eaten you.
(And the gelato, too. Cannot forget the gelato!)

Great post, Kristen!

Amanda August 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Loved this post! I just got back from Italy (blogged about it too!) one of my absolute favorite places to go. I really want to go back and see Lake Como and Milan. Gorgeous! ‘

Can’t wait to check out your blog!

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 23, 2011 at 3:35 am

@ Hillary – You are correct – I will never be the same. And on the topic of Gelato – Venice won my heart in this department. To die!

@ Amanda – Isn’t Italy wonderful! Can’t wait to check out your thoughts… and there is ALWAYS a reason to go back! :)

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