Kate Klorer started working for Academic Arrangements Abroad as a Tour Coordinator in December 2005. Soon afterwards, she became one of the firm’s Tour Directors. When Kate is home in New York between trips, she also works as a guide at The Frick Collection.
She will be leading more trips in 2014, so look for her on several programs to Europe, Cuba, and the Middle East.
What is your hometown? Redlands, California. It is especially beautiful in March and April, when the orange groves bloom and the scent of orange blossoms fills the air.
City you most recommend to friends? Most of my recommendations have to do with places I’ve had memorable experiences with art or food! I recently visited Siena, Italy, for the first time, mainly to see in person the great altarpiece by Duccio, and I was completely enchanted by this medieval town. Rome and Florence are absolute must-sees, but Siena offers a different, quieter experience… perfect for wandering with gelato on a sunny afternoon, admiring the beautiful Tuscan hills!
There are so many other great cities. Stockholm, Vilnius, Vienna, Havana, and of course the three I have called home: New York, London, and Los Angeles.
Sight you would drop everything to see I would love to see the Northern Lights at some point in my life!
Last tour you were on for Arrangements Abroad “The Performing & Visual Arts of Cuba: An Insider’s View”
Special skills Not quite a special skill, but when I’m in a new place, I enjoy stepping into the local grocery store or farmer’s market. It is one of the best ways to get a feel for local life. I also really enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds and life experiences. And I know a lot about art history, particularly 14th– to 19th-century European painting.
Something about you that surprises people As a graduate student in London, I worked at the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill on weekends! (Yes, the bookshop from the Hugh Grant movie…)
Three things you can’t travel without A light suitcase, a pashmina to keep warm on the plane, and a camera.
Number of trips traveled on I have visited 48 countries. Some of my best travel experiences have been on Arrangements Abroad programs. Inquisitive and enthusiastic groups, opportunities to learn from experts, getting to know our local guides in different countries…all make for such enriching experiences when learning about a new place!