Kristina Manente

Travel, Culture, & Nerdy Writer

Kristina Manente is a freelance journalist, travel blogger, podcaster, and all around audio-nerd with a travel addiction and a tea obsession. Her focus is travel, culture, music, and anything geeky.



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5 ways to get your Sherlock Holmes fix without seeing the stinko Ferrell-Reilly movie

After a century and a half of solving crimes and huffing speed, Sherlock Holmes has near-universal name recognition in the English-speaking world. His adventures and mysteries...


Geek Road Trip: Touring The Hunger Games' District 12, a condemned historic hideaway

If you had a list of top fictional destinations, chances are that District 12 from The Hunger Games wouldn't be the top pick - it's probably not even on the list. No one would...

VRV Blog

Anne Kirn's Wonderful World of Puppets

It's smile time in The Adventure Zone People create all sorts of things to celebrate the things they love-fanart, fanfiction, cosplay, jewelry, even mock trailers and video...


You Can Adopt a Dog and Have It Gift-Wrapped at Barley Labs Tomorrow

Saving Grace Gift-Wrapping Fundraiser and Adoption Event Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m. Dog-friendly bars and breweries dot the Triangle, but there's one that leads the pack not...


Living 'The Bi Life'

Irene Ellis went from introverted nerd to reality show star on the UK's first ever bisexual dating show.


There was a cute boy working on his laptop just above the horizon of said latte

November 7, 2018Durham, North Carolina Basil, my little Maltese, and I usually sleep in until 9:30ish, have breakfast, go for a walk, throw around one of his 10,000 toys for a...

Nerd Culture


Would Harry have chosen Pikachu? A magical starter Pokémon exploration

With the drop of the Detective Pikachu trailer and the release of the Fantastic Beasts sequel, I've been in a Pokémon and Harry Potter state of mind. So, of course, I had to...


Japanese Vocaloids, Suped-Up Wheelchairs, and Chuck Palahniuk's Severed Arms at NC Comicon

Nov. 9-11, 2018 Durham Convention Center, Durham While I wouldn't call myself a hardcore comic-convention veteran, I'd like to think I know a thing or two about what makes a...


Cooking Sherlock Holmes' favorite foods

Sherlock Holmes and food is an odd pairing. When on a case, the Consulting Detective notoriously doesn't eat, believing it slows down his mental faculties. In BBC's Sherlock, we...

VRV Blog

Becoming the Happy Mask Salesman

When your cosplay gets mistaken for an HD remake screenshot, you know it's good. And that's exactly what happened to Geina, aka PokuriMio. Her Legend of Zelda Happy Mask...


An ode to Redwall Beach, the forum role-playing game that made me a nerd

I found a community of creative, shy people like myself who all wanted to tell stories with one another. This place was Redwall Beach.


Geek Road Trip: A tour of the delightfully macabre Edgar Allan Poe Museum

There are few places in the world where being told you're guaranteed to have a miserable time would be a good thing. Yet, strolling up to The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond,...


7 chilling horror podcasts to listen to this Halloween

Everyone has a podcast. It's the new "I'm in a band." While it might be easy to roll your eyes at such a thing, it simply means there are a plethora of podcasts to go around....

VRV Blog

Fun, Games, and Doctors: Debriefing New York Comic Con

It's now been a few days since New York Comic Con came to a close, and my body, soul, and mind have mostly recovered. There's something about these massive conventions that...


Does your science fiction or fantasy world have to be woke? Experts debate at NYCC

What does it mean to be woke? What's it mean for your world to be woke? Can you critique our present world in fantastical or future worlds, or are you constrained by the systems...

NYCC 2018: A New Era of 'Doctor Who' Embraces Inclusivity

"The thing that the Doctor has taught me is that love and hope transcends time and space." Wise and wonderful words from Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic , the British Library's most successful exhibition, opened at the New-York Historical Society on Friday, Oct. 5. In a celebration of the 20th...

NYCC 2018: Hero Within and Tailoring the Male Nerd -

Tony Kim's origin story is like many nerds who catch the comic con bug. They discovered a place where they could celebrate things they love with other people who liked the same...