Uencounter.me has partnered with a number of travel bloggers who share our core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency.  Over the next several months, we will be highlighting them in our Partner Series. We hope this allows you to get to know them better and remember, you can follow all of their travel and blog posts via their personal pin map on uencounter.me! The first blogger we would like to introduce is Kathryn. We asked her a series of questions and her answers follow:

Please tell us a little bit about you personally:

Hi, I’m Kathryn from ‘Travel with Kat’.  I’m a graphic designer, photographer and writer in the travel industry. As well as working full-time, I run a choir, drum in an African drumming group and in my spare time I blog!

How long have you been blogging and why do you do it?

I’ve been writing occasional blogs for a few years now for the tour operator I work for and then last September (2011) I started my own travel blog.

How did you decide upon the title and direction of your blog?

My blog started off life as ‘a musical journey’ as  I love discovering music from around the world but I soon found it heading along another more food and photography orientated path. I choose the name ‘Travel with Kat’ as it is fairly short and snappy and I hope easy to remember. I also use the catch-line ‘Discovering different countries, cultures and cuisines’ as this quickly gives people a good idea of what it’s all about.

What is your favorite blogging experience?

Being invited to Italy by Borgo Bianco Resort and Spa. I had the most amazing few days, saw so much, gained some really good inside info on the destination and put on 5 pounds in weight!!

I also have to thank everyone who has ever left a comment on my blog. It has been really wonderful and exciting to hear from people from all around the world. Thank you.

What has been your most treasured travel experience?

I’ve been lucky to have visited many wonderful places I don’t think I can pick one, but this photograph of a couple walking by the River Thames always reminds me of catching the train to London in heavy snow for a first date (uncertain whether the trains would be running later to get home) and I am happy to say we are still together.

If you could return to any one of the locations you have visited, where would it be and why?

To date, India is the most exciting country I have ever been to and a photographer’s dream. It’s a huge country so I’d love to explore some of the areas I haven’t been to yet (or return to the ones I have!)

What location is at the top of your bucket list today?

That’s easy, Shanghai.

In 1927, my grandmother boarded a boat bound for China. She was just 23 years old and was following the man she loved who was working in Shanghai. I can’t begin to imagine how my great grandparents most have felt watching their ‘little girl’ set off on such an adventure.

My father was born two years later. I’ve recently been writing down his memories of growing up there and I’m looking forward to sharing his fascinating if sometimes harrowing story.

I would dearly love to be able to visit Shanghai myself and walk down Bubbling Well Road (now West Nanjing Road) where they used to live. It would be  interesting to hear about that period of Shanghai’s history from the Chinese point of view too so I hoping to get in touch with other people who were there then, maybe even pupils from the school for Chinese boys that my grandfather taught at for over ten years.

I’ve started saving up but I’ve also entered the Intrepid Travel’s competition which if I won would enable me to visit China now. It would mean the world to me to be able to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps to Shanghai.

 the link is… http://iamintrepid.intrepidtravel.com/entries/show/id/336

Please add anything else you would like say:

I love hearing from people on my blog so please keep the comments coming.

Note from UE Co-Founder Leslyn Kantner – If you enjoyed getting to know Kathryn, please do use the above referenced link to vote for her. 

Follow Kathryn on uencounter.me as she continues to track her travels and blog posts: Kathryn’s Map

Find Kathryn’s blog on the Web at Travel with Kat and be sure to like her on Facebook and follow on Twitter

What our lovely readers have said about it:

  1. harlan kennard says:

    That was very nice! Touching, moving… and very interesting. Harlan

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