Various Connecticut-related topics that have been on our minds lately
Our top 5 New England-related books
Travel in the time of COVID-19
Same car, same iPhone, different month, different city: February’s episode of Going/Steady was recorded in New Haven, and in it, Kerri and Johnna get into budget cuts, George Washington’s sleeping habits, and anti-vaxxers. Then we list some of our fave New England books, from fiction to travel, from semi-high-brow to Barnes & Noble bestseller table. We also discuss the new coronavirus that’s freaking everyone out (including us) and how it, or other fears, might impact our travel plans. On a positive note, we have some healthy travel tips!
New England seasonal travel habits, Instagram vs. Reality
Learning languages, and a bunch of Jewish stuff
The NYT’s new 52 Places list, and more Jewish stuff
In our first episode of 2020, we talk about what to do in winter in New England, and how the local winter reality does not always square with the popular romantic image of snow-covered mountains and cozy inns. We also discuss cultural differences: how they make New England great and how they can make daily life awkward on occasion. We also talk about learning languages. Then we get into the new New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2020 list: do we want to visit these trendy spots? Why or why not? Plus, bonus ramble on current events and traveling while Jewish.
This is a somewhat strange episode; we wander off-topic whenever possible, and, oh yeah, we recorded it in a car. Also, Johnna says “like” approximately eleventy-billion times, and Kerri asks that important Hartford question, “Is the incinerator running?”
Our travel and transportation annoyances, rants, and pet peeves
This month, we’re talking about wildlife: specifically, our encounters with wildlife in Connecticut, be they sad, scary, or amusing. We’ve got coyotes, possums (!), bees, deer, and more. (So much more that Kerri forgot to mention the time an emu crossed her path in Tolland, and Johnna forgot to mention the time she was bitten by red ants on her own sidewalk.) We also discuss winter camping in our region. Johnna thinks it would likely kill her; Kerri think it may be “the anti-Hygge” but does it anyway, and she shares her tips. Finally, we kvetch about travel peeves, from planes, trains, and automobiles to perplexing signage. And we get a little off-topic, of course!
Colorful front doors and other Connecticut attractions.
Local and regional exploration habits, and how what we personally enjoy doing is sometimes different than what we share with others.
How your travel “type” (solo, family, group, younger, older, etc.) subtly influences what you enjoy.
We’re back, and we have a guest! Deb Cohen of the Front Door Project joins Kerri and Johnna to talk about the Connecticut Barns Trail and how her Instagram account featuring homes in her West Hartford neighborhood became a blog and a community. Plus, Deb’s take on those people who whine about living in the Nutmeg State. Next, we discuss how sometimes the things we love to do locally – like wander in historic districts or find old chimneys in the woods – aren’t always the places we share with visitors. Finally, we ponder how our preferred travel activities can change depending on where we are in life and who we’re with. Topics include going to vineyards alone, going on vacation with kids, and not going to the aquarium when it’s filled with children.