Boarding Pass – Kristina Gill

For anyone who has tuned into the column “In the Kitchen With” on design*sponge, you know that Kristina Gill – who runs the column – is a food fanatic, as every Friday she shares a new recipe from a great designer (besides being delicious, the styling is also always impeccable). She’s also a mega traveler, always on the go and taking advantage of living in Italy to explore Europe and beyond. So read on as Kristina tastes her way through her travels. {Thanks, Kristina!}

{Umbrellas in NY}

last trip taken:

{Citroen, Amsterdam}

next trip on deck:


{Clogs at Maarten Baas studio, Gewande (‘s Hertogenbosch), Netherlands}
one place you would go back to again and again:
{Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia}

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:

preferred method of transportation:
{Mekong River, fisherman, Vientiane, Lao PDR}{Santa Monica Beach}

place you’ve never been but dying to go:

Argentina, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico…and on and on…

{left: Miniature mannequins, Arezzo flea/antiques market, Italy}{Border Terriers in London (Crash!, the love of my life) is a Border Terrier, so I take pictures of them wherever I go!!!}

place you’d never go back:
Never say never
{Bondi to Bronte Walk, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia}

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:

Sydney this year: Inflamed sciatica. Couldn’t sit down for two weeks, was on Valium for a month, and in physiotherapy for two!!
{Sydney-based artist Chris Chun preparing an exhibition}

how do you prepare for a trip?

You mean my suitcase or determining what I want to see? I usually do checklists, to make sure I have all the cords and chargers and memory cards and save all ticket confirmations reservations addresses phone numbers in cell phone etc. But the packing is last minute, as I am running out of the door with underwear and socks scattered from the door to the car… As for what I want to see, a bit of internet a bit consulting with friends.
{Autumn leaves in Woollhara, NSW, Australia; right: Clothes drying, Vientiane, Lao PDR}

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?

Camera, and my memory.
{Bangkok street food}

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?

The first characteristic thing that stands out to me… But really, I like textures and grit also, and I like to take a photo of some food. Preferably not textured gritty food…
{Ice Cream, K2, Modena, Italy}{Lunch, Princi, Milan, Italy}

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?

Depends on the length of the trip and my inspiration during the trip. Sometimes less than 60, other times more than 400.
{left: Gorgonzola, Salone del Gusto, Turin, Italy; right: Amok, Phnom Penh, Cambodia}

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?

I have a Nikon D200 and usually take my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and my Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AIS. In addition to that basic photo kit, depending on the characteristics of where I am going, and why I am going, I may take an “ultrawide”, Tokina 11-16mm, or my Nikon 17-35mm. If I am indoors, like for trade fairs, I also duplicate the 35mm f/1.4 with a Sigma 30 f/1.4 because it is autofocus and fast, whereas the 35mm is manual focus but has an unforgettable ‘signature’. I do have a notebook. I have a million of them, I always keep one with me. Lots of thoughts distributed over different books… and some sketches but few because I can’t draw well, but I can at least roughly document my thought at the time.
{Hot dog Stand, p-berg neighborhood, Berlin}

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?

Since my blog was hacked, I’ve been slow to update. I usually do a first pass of the photos, separate the keepers and potential keepers within a few days, if not immediately (depends on how much procrastinating I am doing, the more I want to avoid cleaning up and the likes, the quicker I work with the photos!). Most all of it is destined for online display, and some of it may go into print.
{a few things I bought (the wrapped stuff is about 1/10 of the mud australia porcelain I bought!)}

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?

If I go without my husband, I always bring him back a bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate. For myself, mustard and tea. And cookbooks.

{Paris (someone carrying a baguette)}


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