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.

Following her love of travel, she started The Nerdventurists, which provides guides and tales from around the world with a nerdy twist.

She’s been producing and co-presenting a Sherlock Holmes based podcast for the past three years called The Baker Street Babes, which was nominated for a Shorty Award in 2014 for Best Podcast. The BSB has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, USA Today, MTV Geek and more. It has 1 million unique listens and 100,000 followers across social media.

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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...

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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....

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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...


LGBTQ+ children and YA comic creators talk about stealing back banned books and making art

It's always great when a young comic reader sees themselves in a story, but this can be a little harder for LGBTQ+ kids. Historically, there has been a real dearth of queer...

VRV Blog

The Elementary School Teacher Who Made Hogwarts Come to Life

Picture this: you're going into the third grade, and two weeks before school starts you get a letter. But not just any letter-a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...


Why you should watch Japan's answer to Sherlock Holmes, now on HBO

Robert Downey Jr. went over the Reichenbach Falls in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows nearly seven years ago. BBC Sherlock is more or less over, with its leads locked into...


10 LGBTQ+ anime that you need to watch now

The world of anime is a diverse one, as the medium tells just as many deep, socially relevant and important stories as it does light heart-eyed or action-packed fare. What may...

VRV Blog

Meet the Sherlock Holmes Fan Who Built His Own 221B Baker Street

Fans create amazing things. They collect, they build, and they show their love and appreciation in a beautiful myriad of ways. Whether they have the world's largest Hatsune Miku...


Geek Road Trip: Inside the once-forgotten bootleg Wizard of Oz theme park in the Appalachian...

We're winding up a gravel road on Beech Mountain in North Carolina. It's the back road to The Land of Oz, the one that customers aren't allowed on - they have to go up the ski...


Geek Road Trip: The geekiest bars across America (and Canada)

Anyone who has ever been to a convention or LAN party knows that geeks can drink. However, now there are actual bars catering to the geek community. From Brooklyn to Austin to...

Grok Nation

Our favorite cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con | Grok Nation

From Deadpool dressed as Bob Ross to a Hawaiian Stormtrooper, people let their costume creativity fly this year Cosplay is one of the hallmarks of any fan convention. Cosplay,...