• Italy
  • August in Milan

    The town of Vernazza, in Italy's Cinque Terre: One of the most popular spots where Italians go to escape August in Milan for the Ferragosto holiday period.

    I am writing this sitting on the floor of my apartment, where my clammy legs are sticking to the mercifully cool stone tiles. It’s nine in the morning. What’s that parable about the poor mouse (or maybe a frog?) swimming in the pot of cold water that doesn’t even notice when it starts to be […]

  • Costa Rica
  • Fresh Cup Magazine: Costa Rica

    Costa Rica’s Café Culture Evolution The quality of coffee consumed in Costa Rica is catching up to the diverse, flavorful coffees it exports as brewing methods and café culture evolve. DECEMBER 26, 2016 KETTI WILHELM Costa Rica is famous for its eight distinct coffee-growing regions—each yielding beans with unique characteristics, brewed in kitchens and coffee […]

  • Italy
  • “Apocalypto”

    It’s been a week since I woke up in Bulgaria (for no real reason) to the news of a new president-elect back home. During this week, I’ve had lots of dinners with Italians – not because of the election but because in Italy, there are almost always lots of dinners to be had – so […]

  • New Zealand
  • The Awl: “Spring Fever”

    Spring Fever Is “craft water” any dumber than all the other artisanal nonsense people spend money on? by Ketti Wilhelm May 13, 2016   On a recent Sunday afternoon, on the waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand, an unusually large crowd gathered before a repurposed shipping container with a neat, black-and-white sign that read, “The Water […]

  • New Zealand
  • We Live in a Van Down By the River

    After two months wandering around New Zealand, I think I’ve probably forgotten how to work on a schedule, how to be in a hurry, and how to deal with normal travel that refuses to go according to plan. New Zealand as a travel destination is smooth sailing, perfectly organized, “easy as,” as the Kiwis say. […]

  • China
  • Paste Magazine: A Tattoo Feature

    International Ink: Searching for Rebellion in China China is a country of deep-rooted tradition and superstition that has survived a near century of Civil War, occupation and communism—a combination that doesn’t leave much room for a well-established Western symbol of rebellion: body art. So, when I took a road trip through industrial, inland China with […]

  • China
  • Paste Magazine: China Survival Guide

    The People’s Republic of China is a perplexing place for outsiders—a communist country where you’ll often feel like you’re trapped inside a shopping mall, where English is constantly a form of decoration and only occasionally a means of communication. The international mega-cities of Beijing and Shanghai have taken Westernization to heart, but outside the cosmopolitan […]