Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) — use my feed as your travel guide • pro photographer with a penchant for conscious storytelling • based in LA with @dante.vincent  but usually abroad
I can haz espresso ice cream for breakfast right?! 😝🙏🏼 - YES @fdncoffee, which I
I can haz espresso ice cream for breakfast right?! 😝🙏🏼 - YES @fdncoffee, which I discovered during my #collaboration with @visitmanchester and @lovegreatbritain. Not only is this the best coffee flavored ice cream that I’ve ever had but the coffee, matcha lattes and hip menu items like avocado toast are worth the visit no matter how far you have to walk. And @bontraveler & I did have a walk to get here from our hotel but I’d do it all again right this second if I could. This isn’t the only superb coffee house in Manchester — which just proves how much the city has gone through a renaissance and is already a serious competitor on the world stage of great cities to visit — but it is the only one I found that hosts pop-up workshops for learning how to do proper mosaic tile (with a bee 🐝 design of course, the city’s symbol) and with an interior I could have shared a half dozen photos of plus free WiFi...I’d be here every day if I lived in Manchester 😍 #BestOfMCR#itallstartsinmanchester#lovegreatbritain#fdncoffee
17.07.2018 13:54:43
In #collaboration with @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain - the first full day
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In #collaboration with @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain - the first full day after we landed in England, @bontraveler and I made our way through the city of Manchester early in the morning from King Street Townhouse to the Northern Quarter to link up with the rest of our group for a street art tour. A light mist and an early hour meant we pretty much had the streets to ourselves. So it was easy to discover incredible, detailed facades and eclectic boutiques that we had so much fun shopping in. After only a half an hour, I was already in love with the city which has transformed itself from a mainly gritty, industrial city to one with spunk, elegance, modernity, a bit of hipster cool and a keen eye towards preserving the past. Click through to see some of my favorites, tagged if they have their own accounts! 🇬🇧 #BestOfMCR#itallstartsinmanchester#lovegreatbritain
16.07.2018 05:04:21
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On the second morning of this UK  #collaboration - a misty morning with a chill
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On the second morning of this UK #collaboration - a misty morning with a chill in the air - @bontraveler & I were able to spent some time in the hot tub and spa area of @eclectic_hotels King Street Townhouse. The view is absolutely lovely and the setting is a bit like a Scandinavian spa with a steam room, wood paneled relaxation room and the most fluffy, cozy robes and towels. It was the perfect way to spend a chilly morning in Manchester and I highly recommend a stay here when you do @visitmanchester because the spa isn’t the only part of the hotel that’s fantastic. Check them out via the location tag or Eclectic’s account and I’m sure you will be as in awe as Jessica and I were. It was only the start of what was a really fun day in this city and I hope you’re watching my Stories for more of the #BestOfMCR because #itallstartsinmanchester 🇬🇧 #lovegreatbritain@lovegreatbritain {{Thank you for taking one of my favorite photos of me ever, @bontraveler ❤️}}
14.07.2018 12:13:52
So thrilled to be back in the UK in #collaboration with @virginatlantic, @visitm
So thrilled to be back in the UK in #collaboration with @virginatlantic, @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain. This is one of my favorite places to visit and yet I’ve never been to Manchester which we’re using as our base of operations to explore the north of England and Wales. We arrived yesterday via the direct flight from SFO (launched last year, seasonal) and promptly found ourselves in the crowd, rooting for England in the World Cup as they played Croatia. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done here and it was too funny as we walked between venues - seeing the bars completely empty outside, as everyone was glued to the tele inside. Never in my life have I see streets so empty for such a good reason as the whole city was united in passion for their team. Did you catch my Stories where I showed the historic venue we were at when they scored their goal? It was electric inside!! Can’t wait to bring you more from Manchester alongside my fellow travelers @bontraveler@vagabond3@ariellevey@jchongstudio@aidamollenkamp 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #BestOfMCR#itallstartsinmanchester#lovegreatbritain
12.07.2018 17:06:21
Last night’s mega magical sunset brought to you by
- nature, which is freaking a
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Last night’s mega magical sunset brought to you by - nature, which is freaking awesome - @dante.vincent’s VW which he drove us in to the beach - my @sony RX1 RII which I love so much you will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands. . I honestly had a moment last night where I almost started crying because I am so darn grateful to live in a state like California where this type of sunset can be a regular occurrence in my life during the times I’m not traveling. . Because even though it seems like my country is splintering apart and some days it is hard to hold on to hope, I know that within the borders of the state I call home there are sooo many people fighting the good fight, inventing things that are changing the world for the better and making sure that on their watch... . Hope is never lost.
10.07.2018 15:50:04
Perhaps nothing symbolizes our move to California better than the rate at which
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Perhaps nothing symbolizes our move to California better than the rate at which I think I’m becoming a crazy plant lady. 😂 I’m obsessed!!! 🤪 Because you can grow things 24/7 here, because there’s so much that you can grow with so little water and because we have A BALCONY at our apartment - I can’t stop thinking about plants!! Such a far cry from the years I was nomadic where all I had were a few suitcases and a camera bag. Luckily @dante.vincent loves plants too and luckily he actually has a green thumb - because he’s technically the one keeping this dream alive by physically being the one to keep the plants alive. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of green thumb or no, if you do like plants, you’ll probably love @rollinggreens. It’s become one of our favorite places to dream and shop here in Los Angeles. If you’re just visiting and you have a home somewhere else, it’s a wonderful place to get inspiration for what you might be able to do to make your pad more cozy and green. The Culver City location (second photo) has a lot more plants and wonderfully laid out vignettes. The Beverly Blvd location has plants and a home goods store, with beautifully curated goods from around the world, perfect for the purchase of souvenirs (for yourself 😉 or your friends and family members!). 🌱 #KAguideLA
09.07.2018 15:30:30
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Los Angeles is a city of hills, which @dante.vincent and I love to explore, so m
Los Angeles is a city of hills, which @dante.vincent and I love to explore, so much so that we will wake up at 6:30 AM to hike up one just as we did this morning. The hike to this spot in Elysian Park wasn’t long but it was take-your-breath-away tough because of the steep incline and the punishing heat. Even at that time in the morning, it wouldn’t have been wise without water and the right shoes. So glad I had both because it was well worth it once I saw this tree, the swing and the views of the city; dampened just slightly by the graffiti and tagging on that stunning tree (I’m never ever supportive of defacing natural wonders). The one thing that makes me sad about human beings is our penchant for destruction instead of appreciation, all too often. Even with that, I still felt like this was a spot I could return to over and over. Maybe it will be one of “our spots.” Who knows. Our journey of being SoCal residents has only just begun and I have so much more that I want to experience in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. #whpjourney#KAguideLA . What would you like to see me share?
08.07.2018 16:48:46
Back home in Los Angeles with @dante.vincent and loving our life here already. W
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Back home in Los Angeles with @dante.vincent and loving our life here already. We live within walking distance of the Yamashiro Night Market which takes place every Thursday during summer at the top of one of the city’s many hills. Drawing a truly diverse crowd, it is spread out around the grounds of a mansion built by the Bernheimer brothers from 1911 to 1914, to house their collection of priceless Asian treasures. Hundreds of craftsmen were brought from overseas to replicate a palace located in the Yamashiro province near Kyoto, Japan and the word translates to ‘Mountain Palace.’ Surrounding the mansion, now operating as a restaurant/bar/events venue is the Night Market; which has live music, food trucks (shout out to @urbanpiela which was our fav), stalls and vendors selling vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, vegan and organic groceries. I could see our apartment building from this little “guerilla garden” made by a man named Phillip which is just off to the side of all the stalls. Complete with recycled bits and bobs, colorful flowers and cafe lights, this spot enchanted me to my core. In the moment I took this photo, I felt so grateful to be calling this city home now. I can’t wait to bring you so many more stories as I get to know it better. 🌴 If you’re visiting and want to experience the market, start with their official profile @yamashironightmarket which links to their site explaining parking, the shuttle setup & hours. 🎋#KAguideLA#DiscoverLA#yamashironightmarket#shotoniphonex
07.07.2018 18:41:48
It’s hard to let go of my trip to Banff for #attaELEVATE 🇨🇦 because it was a bit
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It’s hard to let go of my trip to Banff for #attaELEVATE 🇨🇦 because it was a bit of a life-changer between the natural beauty of @banff_lakelouise, the learning experiences provided by @adventure.travel_ & @travelalberta and most importantly to me: the people-focused moments I had because of @indigenouscanada. Back in my feed before my stories of India, you can read about most of those but if you swipe left you can see more from my day with Jason Carter [Cree Nation] and Bridget Ryan. They taught us how to sculpt soapstone into a piece of aboriginal art depicting the iconic mountain ranges of the Banff area. Even though I grew up as the daughter of an artist and I’ve experienced almost all mediums, I was challenged and entertained by this in a way I hadn’t previously been. Not that I need any more reminders of Canada in order to keep my love for the country with me always but I do love seeing the sculpture that I made that day. It always brings a smile to my face because of the association it has to the people I was with when I made it and everything I learned that day — and it’s an activity that wasn’t just for us, you too can book it at the gallery in Banff when you visit the area. Start with the @thecarterryangallery profile for more info. 🎨 #MyBanff#hostedtravel#ExploreAlberta#JasonCarterArt#CarterRyanGallery
06.07.2018 04:20:36
Sneaking in under the wire to wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day! 🇨
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Sneaking in under the wire to wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦 .... with this flashback to one of the coolest parties I’ve ever been to in Canada. It was during #attaELEVATE in Banff with @adventure.travel_ where @travelalberta sponsored an incredible night of oh-so-Canadian activities and yum yums. From fat tire biking in the snow to snowshoeing to a make-your-own spiked hot chocolate bar and a truly incredible @indigenouscanada performance - it was the kind of night that made me wish I was Canadian!! I started visiting the country when I was a very young girl as my family drove from where I was born in Vermont to where my mom’s family lived in Michigan. We usually took the route through Canada instead of the USA and yet it was only recently that I truly began to fall in love with the country in a deep and enduring way. That’s why I’m so grateful to be heading back again this month and next for two different projects. I don’t think I’ll feel done exploring Canada anytime soon. ❤️ #canadaday🇨🇦#mybanff#travelalberta#explorealberta#explorecanada
02.07.2018 03:15:02
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When I woke up at @fairmontcll, the air was so crisp and cold that I knew it wou
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When I woke up at @fairmontcll, the air was so crisp and cold that I knew it would be perfect for some dawn landscape photography. My instinct rewarded me with this vista just to the left of the main building. There’s a stream that flows into the lake that didn’t freeze all the way over and right at the spot where it forms a small pool before joining the lake, was this scene. A near perfectly still reflection. I held my breath, not wanting to cause a ripple as I knelt down to capture the moment with my @sonyalpha a7R II held just above the water. No one else was around and if I’d had longer, I would have carved myself a little chair into the snowbank so I could have sat and meditated over the beauty of nature for a few minutes. Meditation seems to be all the rage these days and yet I still struggle to do it. Unless, I’m out in a location as beautiful as this was, far from the noise of a city and seemingly even further from the stresses that life can bring our way! Can’t wait to get back to Canada a few more times this year to see other areas in other seasons. Alberta is such a stunning province and Canada in general is rapidly becoming one of my favorite countries to explore. 🇨🇦 #attaELEVATE#mybanff#hostedtravel#sonya7rii#sonyalpha • Shout out to @photojbartlett who so kindly lent me his Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 lens which made this wide shot possible. I’m now itching to buy it for travel work!
22.06.2018 11:55:13
The peace, serenity & cool temperature of this moment in the woods above @fairmo
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The peace, serenity & cool temperature of this moment in the woods above @fairmontcll seem very far away at the minute, as I write this caption sitting on the beach in Tel Aviv. After only sharing a snippet or two in my Stories here on Instagram from my job in Israel for a private client — I’ve received an extraordinary amount of hate mail calling me the worst names and a record number of unfollows. . It’s upsetting but it’s not surprising. One of the reasons I tend toward travel jobs in places such as Canada and Europe is that I feel those are destinations which generally inspire people and do not offend. . But in my heart I can’t live as someone who only stays in the safe waters of a calm river, never braving the rapids. If we do not ever challenge our own ways of thinking, and our prejudices, how will we ever make the world a better place? . That being said, if you only want to travel to places of peace and serenity then I would highly recommend @banff_lakelouise. The morning snowshoe hike in which @walkingontravels took this photo of me is one of the most wonderful mornings I’ve had in my many decades of life on this beautiful, complicated planet. It was truly restorative!! ❤️ #mybanff#thisisadventure#banfflakelouise#fairmontlakelouise#obermeyer#hostedtravel#attaelevate
21.06.2018 11:17:06
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