Alicia’s Little Black Book

A thin notebook that easily tucks into your pocket or bag quickly becomes a helpful little friend.

You can use it for jotting down hostel wifi passwords, drawing pictures for waiters when you don’t know the right words, or writing down the name of the viscous, pale green homebrewed potion that you don’t want to forget.

Miscellaneous scribblings

You can draw little reference maps so you don’t have to cart around a guide book or unfold a city map that’s dedicated more to advertisements than to actual cartography.

Map to Museo del Prado, Madrid

Map for the neighborhood of our hostel, Madrid

Directions to our hotel, Paris

Sketch a striking art piece so you can look it up and read more about it later.

Photo montage by Josep Renau at the Reina Sofia

Keep track of your friends’ flight details…

Flight details

…and a fill up a cheat sheet of key words and phrases to study when you’re waiting for a bus.




You can use it to scribble down the words and numbers that Nino and Nunu are trying to teach you while you bounce down a rough Georgian highway.

Georgian numbers and nouns

And you can practice your alphabet and keep track of a friend’s restaurant recommendations.

Georgian alphabet and Batumi restaurants (thanks, Chuck)

You’ll use it so much, it will become tattered and start falling apart. Time for some duct tape.

Jul 2012



Tips for using this website

  • You can see all the photos in a gallery post two ways. You can click each number to change the photo displayed, however, the size will stay small, and photos that are supposed to be oriented vertically will be cropped horizontally. The best way to view the photos is to click the photo displayed, which will pop the photo out larger, and then you can either click the arrow buttons or use your keyboard’s arrow keys to scroll through the gallery. If you want to see a bigger version of the picture, click the plus sign in the upper right corner of the photo. (Note: this feature on the photo galleries we’ve added to date might not work as well, but we’re changing some settings starting with the next gallery post.)
  • Get an email once a day (only if we’ve made a new post, and if we’ve made multiple posts, they’ll be in the same email) by clicking the gear icon in the upper right hand corner, then clicking the little envelope in the menu that pops down. Enter your email address to confirm your subscription. Full text of the new posts will come through, but photos and video will not, so you’ll want to click through to the website.
  • If you use an RSS reader to keep track of blogs, the RSS link is in the same drop down menu. (What is an RSS reader?)
  • We just added a Map page and a Contact page on the top menu.

Apr 2012