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Kirsten Alana

NYer & Photographer listed by Elle, HuffPo, Mashable, HarpersBazaar, DailyMail, etc. ๐ŸŒ Soon in: MT & MN ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Venice ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ“ Currently: Seattle, WA
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We're staying at @fairmontolympic for this short vacation in Seattle and since @dante8 had never been to the city, we wanted to do some of the more touristy things together, that I have never done when I've come on my own. The hotel's Concierge made all the arrangements for us and when we checked in there was a VIP package waiting for us that allowed us to skip all lines and never wait at the EMP, the Chihuly Museum (see Dante's feed for a shot from inside there) and the Space Needle. It made it so easy to see everything we wanted to in just one day and since it's a holiday weekend, the lines we got to skip were very long indeed! This is the view from the top of the needle, it's looking south from the observatory level and shows downtown where the hotel is and landmarks like Pike Place Market are located. It was SUCH a gorgeous day you can even Mt. Rainer if you look closely!! I also waited till a Seaplane came into view because that's such a Seattle thing. In fact, we'll be on one too before this trip ends when we head out to @visitsanjuans!
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thelilyjang : My other hometown!
kirstenalana : It's a good one!! Where did you live when you were here? (As in neighborhood.) @thelilyjang
kirstenalana : @jentemple The weather has been GORGEOUS our entire time here. Feels like winning the travel lottery. So crazy. And I'm so glad you'll follow along being a hometown girl. I believe both @dante8 and I will end up having photos be featured by San Juan's account since we're doing photos for them. Should be fun!!
kirstenalana : @ladiesofthevalley So good to know!! We're headed to San Juan but some time I want to come back and do more of the islands. There are so many off Seattle's coast.
kirstenalana : @rootedinthevalley Thanks for the tips!!
rlotz : We apologize for all the heat. It really isn't normal. Hope you get to explore off the tourist path while here. If you make it to Roche Harbor on San Juan take a look at the mausoleum just a short walk from the resort. It is an unusual find.
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michelleyam : I've visited Seattle twice and have yet to make it up the Space Needle. You've captured the view spectacularly, Kirsten!
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After flying half way across the world and making a stop in NYC just long enough to pick up my favorite adventure partner, I find myself in Seattle, Washington for the 4th! @dante8 and I are massive fans of the work of Frank Gehry so we pretty much went straight to the @EMPmuseum to get some fun shots inside and out before we attend a friend's wedding tonight. It's one of the more unusual museums I've been to featuring music, Sci-fi, cartoon, fantasy and even sports exhibitions all within a brilliant multicolored shell designed by Gehry. Typical of his work, the undulating waves of metal create almost endless photo possibilities. The Museum was founded by Paul Allen of Microsoft in 2000 and now claims to dedicate itself to curating and preserving contemporary popular culture even though originally the name stood for: Experience Music Project. Visit now for the large exhibition of Star Wars costumes which will depart for other venues in October. ๐ŸดAlso, their POP restaurant has a really good Arugula Salad, Garlic Parmesan Fries and lots of local Craft Beer so splurge and eat there if you find yourself hungry.๐Ÿด
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kirstenalana : Not long enough ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Leaving Monday and we have a wedding today plus a trip to San Juan island on Sunday. @captainandclark
kirstenalana : @lovetotravelmore Thank you so much! We won't get to during this short trip. But I've been before and LOVE the PNW. Hope to being Dante back for an outdoorsy trip one day.
shaunacausey : Cool! Welcome to Seattle!
kirstenalana : Hi Shauna!! Thanks!! Good to be back. And with D this time. The last time I was here I was with Microsoft and the same group we were in Cali with. @shaunacausey
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @makeportraitsmag ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @cordercheryl
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When you travel as often as I do, the traveling part of all the adventures actually becomes tiresome and at times, downright painful. I always try so hard to keep in mind how incredibly blessed I am to do something I love this much but when my legs are cramping up and my back pain is flaring after 10 hours in economy seating, it's hard to stay positive. So flying to and from Tanzania with @qatarairways in their Premium Business was a gift beyond comprehension for me!!! To have a lay flat seat for more than half of our almost 36+ hours in transit would have been enough. But they also treat their customers to an on-demand ala carte menu that's available during the entire flight and which is populated by dishes created by celebrity chefs, an expertly curated wine + champagne menu AND @maisonladuree pastries which happen to be a huge weakness for me. In short: it's the best flight experience I've ever had bar none. #โœˆ๏ธ
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lizwarkentin : I should see what I can find here in Italy, the land of the lemon.
kentdeandy : Tired...you retire...I take over...๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ
kirstenalana : @kentdeandy Hahahahaha!!!!! I think @dante8 has first dibs at my job if ever I want to retire ๐Ÿ˜‰
kirstenalana : @mikaelajbas I like South African Airways but their economy class is still painful for long haul flights.
kirstenalana : @akbehl I agree!!
kirstenalana : @lizwarkentin The planes we flew with Qatar didn't have cabins or showers but I've heard Etihad or Emirates do. I can't remember which one. And I hear you. I can only be in business or first when my clients provide that. It's why it's so special, since it doesn't happen often. Yes the yellow tart is a Lemon. I don't see them often in Italy but they're certainly very French! And Paris should have Vegan versions by now. They seem to have everything else.
jentemple : Sounds awesome! I've always flown coach on those long flights from the USA to Johannesburg. Very tough indeed!
petehalvorsen : It's the little moments that make it all worth while!
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I don't know if you got this feeling from my photos and stories or not but just in case it wasn't clear: I've reallllllly loved Tanzania. And it really [pun intended] flew by.โœˆ๏ธSince my trip wouldn't have been possible without @fsserengeti I must thank them profusely for asking me to visit in order to share their story with you. Here I am (wearing a tunic by @freebirdclothes) at the local airport you fly into when visiting this part of the Serengeti. @FourSeasons always goes above and beyond but this time I was blown away by the option they offered us of a private charter from Dar es Saalam with Luxury Short Safari. Normally most visitors fly on a public charter that makes multiple stops and eventually deposits you at Seronera. This method allowed us a direct flight and got us on the ground, seeing animals, in half the time! It's definitely an option I'd recommend when you plan your visit. I'd also recommend the Thai Herbal Massage, a Meditation and a Yoga session with Sajeesh -- all at the resort's serene spa, where you're likely to see wild animals right by the balcony. Definitely reserve a Bush Dinner at Sunset complete with Sundowners and campfire, dine at Boma Grill complete with a Maasai performance and please stop by the Discovery Center to learn more about the Serengeti from Oli and his amazing staff. They're very passionate about this special part of Africa and for me, learning was almost as special as seeing. It made it all so much more meaningful. I truly don't want to leave. But I have another adventure waiting, this time with my sweetie. Hopefully one day I'll bring him back here...
kirstenalana : @planetbrandee Awwww. Thanks sweets. I think I was more excited to see him ๐Ÿ˜œ but either way it's good to be reunited.
kirstenalana : @picfx Thank you so much! And sorry about causing envy. Always hope to inspire and inform people more than anything else.
benjamin_bradley : @kirstenalana envy in a good way!
dante8 : Looking cute there babes ๐Ÿ˜‰
kirstenalana : Awww thanks cakeroos! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜ @dante8
kirstenalana : @benjamin_bradley Well that's good then. Ha. Thanks!
reinhardbonkel : That would be amazing.. @kirstenalana immediately you land just holla me.. would be my pleasure to be your guider..
wfa31 : Looks like the African trip or journey was a blast! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ @kirstenalana Looking forward to the next installment... And hopefully, hopefully would have the chance to meet you and @dante8 Ony day, you're inspiring me to discover the beauty and "ugliness" of this wild world ๐Ÿ˜ keep it up :)
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It was toward the end of our longest day out in the park with @fsserengeti that we came across a really large herd of Zebra for the second time. Whether they were part of the Great Migration just like the first group, or on their own, we weren't sure. But just as before they surrounded the jeep very suddenly and stretched to the horizon on every side, kicking up dust as they moved, so we stayed still to watch and listen to them move around us. It was enchanting! Later I went back to the resort and spent some time in their Discovery Center to learn more about these incredible striped mammals. Did you knowโ“Zebra stripes are actually unique. Like human fingerprints, no two zebras have the same stripes. They also differ from side to side on individual zebras, so the right doesn't match the left and vice versa. Also, a herd is actually called a Dazzle! And smaller "family" groups, controlled by an adult male, a stallion, are called a Harem. It's usually assumed that the stripes provide camouflage but recent research suggests they are actually a cooling mechanism to keep body temperature down with the white portion helping air flow due to a lesser amount of capillaries. Also, stallions can lose their tails in fights with other males so if you see a Zebra without a tail it's more likely due to that then a predator's attack. Cheetahs are my favorite animal to spot on safari but after this trip I definitely have a newfound appreciation for the Plains Zebra! #BeATraveler
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kirstenalana : @igersveneto A tour of the best spots for photos would be fantastic. If there's anyone in town to do that, @dante8 and I would appreciate that.
kirstenalana : @wfa31 So honored by your words. Thank you so much!
kirstenalana : @visitsanjuans Haha! Nice word play and I'm glad I could. Thank you!
kirstenalana : @poen2000 A high compliment indeed. Thank you!
kirstenalana : @lucipam82 Thank you so much! I very much hope you get to see them with your own eyes soon.
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kirstenalana : Thanks friends! @beersandbeans
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Big cats in trees seem to be a theme of this visit to Tanzania! We'd been driving for quite some time when suddenly our guide Priscus alerted us to the fact that a leopard was nearby in a tree. Unfortunately it was too far away for our cameras and zoom lenses to capture, certainly too far away for an iPhone to see without help. A collective sigh of slight disappointment was uttered by all in the group and we proceeded to simply enjoy watching the leopard through binoculars. Until, @fsserengeti's Discovery Center manager Oli Dreike told us that by using our binoculars with our iPhones that we could in fact capture photos of the sleeping animal!! It's not a trick I've ever employed but as soon as he mentioned it, I knew it would work and we all proceeded to carefully balance @swarovski binoculars on the railing of our Land Rover while trying to find that sweet spot with the lens of the iPhone right up against the viewfinder of the binoculars, phone camera turned on. It's a tricky balance, needing the kind of steady hand that I imagine a doctor needs for surgery and the margin of error is high. But it turned out that @megnolanvr has a gift for it due to her steady hand (mine shakes horribly!) and in the end, she helped me capture this image. Honestly, I've never wanted to own a pair of binoculars but in this case I'm so thankful to Oli for having them for us to use and now I don't want to go on safari again without my own pair from Swarovski! They'll definitely go on my recommended packing list. #BeATraveler
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lizwarkentin : No idea how they sleep like that without falling off. Doesn't look very comfortable either!
clareappleyard : Damn! That's stunning @kirstenalana
kirstenalana : Thank you dear Clare! @clareappleyard
kirstenalana : @lizwarkentin I don't know but we stayed for a while and the leopard didn't even move except to breathe. So it can't be too bad I guess.
kirstenalana : @wfa31 Thank you!
kirstenalana : Awww. Well I'm glad you like these photos so much. And Montana next week! Hope you like those just as much. @montanamommy
noexpiration : @kirstenalana my wife @mferives and I were in Tanzania a few years ago and searched high and low to find a leopard in a tree, to no avail . Congrats on this great photo and thanks for sharing. I did employ the iPhone/binoculars method to get some sloth photos in Costa Rica last summer, and was surprised how well it worked!
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Unlike in South Africa, where I went on morning and evening game drives, in Tanzania we went out in the morning and had the option to stay out all day, returning before dark. During the day we did chose to stay out till dark, @fsserengeti took us to an area in the South Western portion of @serengeti_national_park called the Moru Kopjes. It's a fitting place to explore since the name 'Serengeti' in Maasai means "endless plains." In this area huge expanses of tall grass are punctuated only by a very rare Acacia Tree or a bulbous granite outcropping called a Kopje. That combination makes it a good place to spot Lions and Leopards. In this photo I'm standing atop one such outcropping where indentations in a hollow rock were made due to Maasai signaling one another by banging stone against stone. Candelabra Trees cling to the top and bushes grow around the bottom edges, the view seems to stretch forever. Four Seasons packed us gourmet picnic baskets (an option for any of the hotel's guests) and we drank cold Ginger Beer as we talked about our favorite animal sightings. I never wanted to leave. // Shirt by: @ralphlauren Jeans by: @nydj Boots: Florence, Italy ๐Ÿ“ท by @megnolanvr #BeATraveler
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kirstenalana : @hussein_bosskhr I'm sorry I don't know what that means and I can't translate it ๐Ÿ˜ข
hussein_bosskhr : Beautiful pictures nice to
kirstenalana : Ahh. Ok. Thank you! @hussein_bosskhr
desigurrl : @kirstenalana I'm all about accessorizing and packing light is always so hard!
kirstenalana : That's why I LOVE my Italian boots. They pack up really small and travel well. And are nice enough to be warm with pants or dresses. The jeans are so perfect they're the only ones I pack now. And the shirt can also be both dressed up and dressed down. Packing light isn't easy but I agree it's nice when you can do it. @desigurrl
desigurrl : @kirstenalana I will def have to check out the pants. Good jeans that travel we'll always so hard to find. I took a @nuu_muu on my most recent trip and used that for beach cover up and also for working out -- worked great!! But I am the opposite of a light packer ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜‚
kirstenalana : Never heard of @nuu_muu! Thanks for letting me know about them. And definitely check out @nydj Truly they're the best jeans. @desigurrl And yeah, packing light is always a work in progress.
wfa31 : You can feel both the massiveness of this wild land and also the simplicity of Mother Nature!
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It's a very simple line in Isak Dinesen's book that states, "I had a farm in Africa." Voiced by Meryl Streep in the movie 'Out of Africa' which came out many years later, they are words which have been lodged in my head not unlike footprints in wet cement. Her Oscar-winning voice and Dinesen's words together are indelible in my mind. The story had a huge impact on me at many different periods in my life. Yet never before have all of her words, her many stories, been ringing in my head as prominently as they are here in the Serengeti. It's so easy to see why people become so enamored with Africa, why so many people come to countries such as Tanzania and stay. First, as foreigners. Later, perhaps as citizens; in their hearts if in no other way. There's an almost sad but torrid romance to the land and the animals here. The ferocity one minute, the intense stillness and serenity the very next. There's a beauty in the way a Maasai's scarlet robe flutters in the wind. A poetry in the amber sunsets. All, that can't be found in the same measure anywhere else. Or else, nowhere that I have yet been. To be fair, I fall in love with places easily. And I have not yet been everywhere, though that's my goal. But all of this is to say that if you haven't yet been to Africa, and especially Tanzania, plan your trip NOW. I can't see the future so I cannot say how much longer places like this exact spot will remain fairly unspoiled. But I know more resorts are going to open in this area in the future. There's an urgency in my heart that beats like a drum and it's saying, *We don't have long. Go now. While you can.* I'll leave you with a few more words from Isak (aka: Karen Blixen)... "There is something about Safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne -- bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive."
kirstenalana : Thank you so much!! @louisdemaine @thecuriouscreature
kirstenalana : I'm so glad to hear that!! @katfordyce I already know I will be longing to return, that just one trip wasn't enough.
kirstenalana : Awww. Thanks! Too kind. @iharthawaii
kirstenalana : I'm so glad you had the same experience and were deeply touched as well!! @cushlaimonk
angieaway : One of my favorite books! I read it for the first time while staying in Karen Blixen's own Ngong Hills. Even though its obviously changed since her time there, you could still feel that same power. Love this shot!
kirstenalana : Oh my goodness I am dying to go to Ngong!! It's talked about a lot in Tanzania as being another amazing place to visit (as if I wasn't wanting to go bad enough from the books). How wonderful! I'm glad you like this photo, Angie! Thank you. @angieaway
lizwarkentin : You've really brought it to life for me here! I saw Out of Africa but have not read Karen Blixen's books. Now I have to!
wanderingiphone : Beautiful! Have yet to visit Tanzania, but it's high on my list. I โค๏ธ Africa and love what you say about first as foreigners then as citizens of the heart. Its how I feel about South Africa & I fall in love even more with each visit with the country and its people and I don't easily fall in love with countries. ๐Ÿ˜„ Great photo & beautiful words.
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I've had an extraordinary experience being a guest at @fsserengeti and it would be difficult to choose the best part of this stay but no list would be complete without this moment, flying over @serengeti_national_park with Serengeti Balloon Safaris. We saw Zebra again but it was different than before. Instead of being in the middle of them on the ground, this time we watched them run right, left and straight ahead while the sunrise light elongated their shadows on the ground and we were sometimes blinded for a second or two as the balloon turned straight into the sun. That glowing orb turned the whole of the world around us golden and it seemed as if we were suspended in a dream. I cannot imagine, now that I've done it, how any trip to Tanzania would be complete without such a balloon ride. The honeymooners in our balloon seemed to agree and even though I have been in a balloon two times before, this experience still thrilled me enough to make me forget where I was and actually jump up and down for a second. Which kind of freaked out my fellow passengers. Oops. I just could not stop smiling!!! #BeATraveler
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kirstenalana : I was able to get a total for you sooner than I thought! Total is just over $5,200 based on double occupancy (so for instance, a couple sharing the room and experiences). Actually much less than I thought, and most definitely worth it. I would pay that in a heartbeat for Dante and I to do this together. Cheers! @besiw
lizwarkentin : Doing it as a solo traveller for a week would not be affordable for me.
kirstenalana : It's definitely the kind of thing you save up for. Worth it though, there's just nothing else quite as magical as being on safari. At least not in my experiences. @lizwarkentin
wfa31 : Chasing these wildness, is by far one of the best thing you have done in Africa yet! @kirstenalana Am I right? ๐Ÿ˜
wanderingiphone : Wow! beautiful photo. Catching up on your Tanzania trip.
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I'm still going through the hundreds of photos I took during our time observing the Great Migration to find that perfect shot which will show just how many Zebra we saw together at once. But I wanted to share this moment from @fsserengeti that happened just after the Game Drive. Before dinner we set out on a short hike guided by Maasai warriors, which took us to the top of a Kopje that looks out over the Serengeti plain. It was the resort's Sunset Kopje Nature Walk and Meditation, an experience any guest can book. Once you get to the top Sajeesh, who is the the resort's Yogi, then leads you in a meditation session as the sun sinks behind the horizon. Birds sing in the trees, baboons call to one another from the tops of other kopjes and in the distance, if you're lucky, you might hear a lion roar. As Sajeesh calmly speaks the meditation prompts, you will find your body and mind submitting to a slower rhythm. Whether it's his skill or the magic of Tanzania, I don't know. But I'm not excellent at meditating and in this moment I was in the deepest meditation of my life. I would hope the same might happen to you for it is a magical occurrence indeed! #BeATraveler
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markovka32 : @kirstenalana absolutely LOVE your ig, Tanzania is definitely on my list as well!
diogobarbosaleite : @kirstenalana hi Kirsten, i am brazilian and I admire your workshop! Congratulations! Come to my country and my city to see the wealth of our nature and the Joy of our People!
kirstenalana : Thank you so much @diogobarbosaleite! I would like to visit Brazil. I've not yet had the opportunity but I hope it does happen one day.
kirstenalana : @markovka32 Thank you so much! Good choice. Tanzania really is great.
fernandesphot : Amazing! Congrats! @kirstenalana! ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
kirstenalana : Thank you! @fernandesphot ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
wfa31 : What can I say! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ @kirstenalana I won't be surprised if you toped my favorite instagram era for the 8week in row ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–
letssitoutside : Beautiful, what a lovely place to meditate!
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