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

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.

Grace Kelly headshot B&W pearl necklace
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

nathan fillion firefly
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
knock ya on your ass drinking

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?

39 thoughts on “Interview with Kirsten Alana of Kirsten Alana Travels: Lucky 13 Questions

    1. 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.

  1. @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 =)

    1. Thanks for the comment Kristin! Si, the world is not as large as it sometimes seems. And even smaller in the twitter travel world.

  2. 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!

    1. Umm….that was “…I could *drink* lambics forevuh…” and I need to tone it down on the exclamation marks…LOL!. Oops. Sorry. LOL.

    1. Awh! I may be crushin on you guys for agreeing w/ me re: Mal 😉 LOVE Mr. Fillion. Thanks for commenting on the interview 🙂

  3. “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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. Sounds like a great meal even if it was so damn expensive. Always enjoy learning more about you, Kirsten!

    1. 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!!!!

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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??? 😉

    1. 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

      1. Que chuuuuuuuula!!! Do you remember what that means??? 😉

        That’s the cutest comment I’ve ever seen, a mute gringa LOL!

  9. 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. 😛

    This interview was so entertaining and fun to read — thanks for posting! 🙂

    1. 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!!!!!

      1. 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.

        1. 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. 😉

        2. 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.

  10. Grace Kelly, Mumford and Sons, Adele, NATHAN, FIREFLY…ok honey, we really need to meet! 🙂 and I could teach you some German…

    1. 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 🙂

  11. 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!

    1. 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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