Interview with Kirsten Alana of Kirsten Alana Travels: Lucky 13 Questions

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I better move on to Kirsten's work, which is somehow even more beautiful than her. While she makes a living as a wedding photographer, her photography talents are far from limited to that area. Go check out her various photo essays on Kirsten Alana's Travels and you are sure to be impressed. And her writing doesn't lag far behind her amazing skills with a camera.

Accidentally, this week at Lucky 13 headquarters has turned into “Great Looking Travel Bloggers Week.”  First, Amar on Tuesday, then Kirsten today.  As you read this, Kirsten and her very good friend, Andi Perullo, are down in Mexico, sipping drinks with umbrellas and celebrating her birthday.

Yea, I hate her too.

Before I get in more trouble that I am already in, I better move on to Kirsten’s work, which is somehow even more beautiful than her.  While she used to make her living as a wedding photographer, her photography talents are far from limited to that area.  Go check out her various photo essays on Kirsten Alana’s Travels and you are sure to be impressed.  And her writing doesn’t lag far behind her amazing skills with a camera.

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perhaps my all-time crush

So go check her website out, follow her on Twitter, and in the meantime, enjoy her answers to the Lucky 13:

1 – seeing as you are an amazing wedding photographer, what wedding would you most have wanted to have been able to attend?

Grace Kelly! She was such a beautiful bride she’d be easy to photograph and she lived that dream so many American girls have, of marrying a prince – I think that would be fascinating to capture. Then again, a train wreck celebrity wedding would be hilarious too! Remember Kid Rock & Pam Anderson?

2 – what musical artist would you most like to see live?

I can’t pick just one, that’s like picking a favorite child. Here are the ones tops on my list currently: Rihanna, Jonsi, Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, ADELE, Good Old War, The Killers, Kaskade, Brett Dennen, Foo Fighters, Belle & Sebastian, Amy Seeley. I’m sure tomorrow I will have 5 more to add to the list!

3 – worst pick-up line you have been subjected to?

“Why don’t we just skip to you giving me your phone number? You know you want to anyway.” The guy didn’t get my phone number.

4 – what person on Twitter most often makes you smile?

Girl: @jamievaron
Guy: @culverlake

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had to go Firefly pic!

5 – who is your biggest celebrity crush?

Depending on the day, Nathan Fillion (that dates back to when he was “Captain Tight Pants”) or Gerard Butler.

6 – largest dinner tab you have ever been a part of?

The first solo dinner I had in New York. I’d skipped lunch, gotten lost in Brooklyn and walked the bridge. I was famished. I made it as far as Union Square before I had to collapse and found myself at Steak Frites. I ordered the largest steak they had and when I saw they had my favorite Belgian beer (Lindemans Lambic) I told the waitress to make sure I never ran out. I must have had four or five, I also had dessert. The bill was easily over three figures. For just one person, that’s the largest tab I’ve ever paid. However, it’s still one of my favorite NYC memories!

7 – where do you want to retire to?

A cottage somewhere on the water.

8 – language you’d like to be fluent in?

Definitely French and Spanish! But also German, because I took it for two years in high school and yet don’t really speak it. I know a lot of the words still, but I can’t engage in a full conversation. It would be nice to resurrect it and feel like those years weren’t a waste!

Lindemans Peche Lambic

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9 – Fill in the blank: I have no idea how _______ got to be so rich and famous, since they have no talent whatsoever.

the Kardashians

10 – if you could only drink one alcoholic drink for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’m not a person who can pick just one thing, clearly … probably Woodchuck Pear Cider or Lindemans Peche Lambic!

11 – most embarrasing thing on your iPod?

ABBA, every song they’ve recorded in fact (check out another Q.11 answer here). Not in the sense that I am embarrassed to own them, but I’ve been made fun of for listening to them so many times. My Swedish heritage sort of set me up to have no choice, I’ve been singing along to “Dancing Queen” my whole life. There was a joke once, that I started dancing to that song – before I started walking.

12 – what’s the title of your future biography?

She Loved it All

13 – you are at the Pearly Gates, what question do you most fear from St. Peter?

Divorced eh? Just couldn’t make that one work?

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I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all. Read more by Michael Hodson and connect on Google Plus.

39 Responses to “Interview with Kirsten Alana of Kirsten Alana Travels: Lucky 13 Questions” Subscribe

  1. Roxanne February 3, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I laughed so hard at Kirsten’s final answer – thank you for this interview!
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    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Haha! Yes, I laugh these days too. I wasn’t laughing when I went through my divorce but these days, what else can one do. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to try again and NOT get divorced. Thanks for the comment dear Roxanne.
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  2. Nicolas De Corte February 3, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Lindemans Peche Lambic… Go Belgium!

    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Go Belgium indeed!! Love that you’re a fellow appreciator of good beer. Thanks for the comment Nicolas.
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  3. Camels & Chocolate February 3, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    @jamievaron is my close IRL friend out in SF, and @andiperullo was my Cuba travel partner-in-crime/pal in NYC. Worlds colliding! The Internet is too small =)
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    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Kristin! Si, the world is not as large as it sometimes seems. And even smaller in the twitter travel world.
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  4. Marsha February 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Lindeman’s lambic is my favorite too! I’m not too big on most other beers but I could lambics forevuh! So stoked to be able to actually experience them in their native habitat on my upcoming trip to Belgium! Nice to meet you, Kirsten. Michael – another great lucky 13!
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    • Marsha February 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

      Umm….that was “…I could *drink* lambics forevuh…” and I need to tone it down on the exclamation marks…LOL!. Oops. Sorry. LOL.
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      • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

        Another Lindeman’s lover. This is a good group!!! Love it. Thanks for the comment Marsha!!
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  5. The NVR Guys February 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    The NVR Guys will second the crush on Captain Hammer.
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    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Awh! I may be crushin on you guys for agreeing w/ me re: Mal ;) LOVE Mr. Fillion. Thanks for commenting on the interview :)
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  6. Amar February 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    “Accidentally, this week at Lucky 13 headquarters has turned into “Great Looking Travel Bloggers Week.” First, Amar on Tuesday, then Kirsten today.”

    I read this and this was all I needed to know. I stopped reading after this point was raised.

    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      You are too funny Amar!!!! So was it worth the wait? I sort of love that we were featured in the same week.
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  7. Scott February 4, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Great choice for an interview subject! I believe Woodchuck was the first beer I ever got drunk on. Lindeman’s was also like my first ever taste of Belgian Beer and I couldn’t believe when I finally got there that is was so much better there!
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    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Scott!! Belgian beer really is fabulous eh? Glad you like it too. Woodchuck is amazing too, as a VTer born and raised I am pretty partial to that too.

  8. Christine February 4, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    I love the memory in NYC; who says you need company to enjoy a nice steak dinner?
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  9. gregory February 4, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    The more of these I read, the more I love the whole concept. Even though the answer to number four should be my favorite, I think I’m going with number seven.

    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

      Not surprised you like #7 best. *cough* … Culver Lake :) On the property I grew up on in Vermont we owned a lake that had a little cottage on it and that started my love of cottage living.
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  10. Ali February 4, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Sounds like a great meal even if it was so damn expensive. Always enjoy learning more about you, Kirsten!
    Ali recently posted..How Travel Has Changed My Priorities

    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Oh it was a great meal. So great! Gracias for the comment Ali, I love getting to know you too … especially your European love story!!!!
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  11. Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Thank you so much for interviewing me Michael! Love the photographs to accompany the post and thank you for the intro. You’re too kind.
    Kirsten Alana recently posted..Where to Stay Wednesday

    • Michael Hodson February 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      your intro came quite easily, since it is easy to be complementary to someone so talented. Glad you liked the photos.

  12. andi February 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Okay, you know I love you si? Buuuuuuuuuuuut I thought the answer to #4 should be @andiperullo. Hello?!?

    I was going to teach you Spanish, but now I don’t know…maybe if you invite me to your cottage on the water I’ll change my mind??? ;-)
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    • Kirsten Alana February 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Babes if Michael had asked who I LOVE MOST on twitter – uh duh, it would have been you!!!!!! Thanks for the comment hermosa :) And you have to keep teaching me Spanish love – otherwise people are going to say “what is this gringa with the awesome Spanish doing hanging out with a mute gringa who never talks to anyone?” LOL
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  13. Christy @ Technosyncratic February 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    FIREFLY!!!

    Okay, that was quite the outburst, but I couldn’t help myself….. it’s just so hard to find someone else who loves it these days. :P

    This interview was so entertaining and fun to read — thanks for posting! :)
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    • Kirsten Alana February 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Christy you like Firefly too?? It’s THE BEST!! There was no one more upset than me when it was canceled and while making Serenity appeased me a little I still wish every day the show had gone on longer.

      Thank you so much for the comment!!!!!
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      • Michael Hodson February 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

        Ahhhh, one of my favorites. Sad it only made one season. Mike Sowden got me into Stargate Universe also… one season. Caprica…. one season. Damn it.

        • Christy @ Technosyncratic February 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

          Haha… it’s always the best shows that get canceled after one or two seasons! Though Firefly and Arrested Development hurt the worst for me…. though maybe it’s just that I really miss Mal in his tight pants, lol. ;)
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        • Kirsten Alana February 6, 2011 at 11:23 am #

          Can’t get into Stargate Universe. But definitely love both Firefly and Arrested Development (woot Christy!). And si, it is always the best shows that get canceled early.
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  14. JustTravelous February 7, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    Grace Kelly, Mumford and Sons, Adele, NATHAN, FIREFLY…ok honey, we really need to meet! :) and I could teach you some German…
    JustTravelous recently posted..Cuba – A Land Goes To The Dogs

    • Kirsten Alana February 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      I would LOVE to meet you schöne Dame!! I will be in France and Spain in March, but I think that’s the closest I get to meeting you in 2011. Not going to be at Tbex I assume? But if you are, oy, I would love to meet you :)
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  15. Ken Kaminesky February 8, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Great interview with a great gal! Had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten on my recent road trip up & down the east coast of the US. I’m so glad that I changed my plans and took the slight detour, so that we could have lunch together with Andi Perullo. Wouldn’t ya know it, Kirsten is even nicer, smarter, prettier and funnier in person. Lucky me!
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    • Kirsten Alana February 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Ken, thank you for the sweet comment, you’ve melted my cold dead heart……. :) It was SO awesome to meet you and I am grateful you did change your plans to stop through Charlotte. I’m forever grateful to know you a little better than just reading your blog. Hope we get to work together on a photo project, wouldn’t that be cool?
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  16. Kelsey April 3, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    You share my two favourite beers!
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  17. Nicole @ WomanSeeksWorld April 20, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Haha, great interview!! Last answer made me laugh!
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