USA

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The USA, land of the free and self-appointed protector of the world is an interesting amalgam of people, places and experiences. In many ways, it is a contradiction in terms. It’s united in so many ways, but the recent 2016 elections proved it’s completely divided. A so-called class-less society, there is an obvious split between rich and poor, black and latin. Yet there’s a patriotic fervor here like no other. It’s these tensions that make it an interesting study in humanity – the world looks to it for leadership, trends and ideas, yet they mock it for its exclusionary attitudes. Strange for a country that was a beacon of hope and attracted generations of new-comers to find freedom in the place that was originally (like Australia), a dumping ground for criminals and miscreants.

The best way to experience the United States is to split it up into manageable bite-sized chunks. Start with the obvious coastal cities and the bright lights of Vegas, and then start digging a little deeper to see what makes this such a weird and wonderful place to visit.

16-bit Bar is the best place to play in Cincinnati

16-bit Bar unites gaming with drinks in a gloriously nerdy haven that shouldn’t be missed. Remember a time when your self worth wasn’t mentioned in likes but in your position on a leader board? Creating a three-letter combination that was your moniker or alias, raiding your dad’s bottom drawer for change and challenging your best friend on pinball or Double Dragon...

Enjoy Old Time Sodas at Brooklyn Farmacy

You can have your fancy fro-yo and candy encrusted sundaes, we’ll be sipping traditional shakes and sodas at Brooklyn Farmacy. We’re too young to have lived through the days of drug store soda fountains, thought the Australian equivalent, the milk bar was still a treat for ice creams and milkshakes in the eighties and nineties. We missed the American Saturday morning...

Enjoying the Forbidden Fruit at Brooklyn Cider House

Team Watt has long been a fan of good cider and Brooklyn Cider House delivers – right from the keg! The Brooklyn Cider House holds a dominant position amidst Bushwick’s semi-industrial wastelands that are fast becoming hot property. As the home to most of New York’s creative community, they have a ready-made customer base of smart, savvy regulars who have a taste for...

A New Haven apizza crawl

Everyone’s tried New York pizza, but just a short train ride away in New Haven is a whole new experience – apizza. Wooster Square is home to New Haven’s version of Little Italy, a neighborhood that welcomed early 20th century migrants to the area. With its own town green bearing a statue of Christopher Columbus and Wooster Street providing a central...

In the off season, Fenway Park still delivers the chills

If you want a taste of what going to a baseball game was like one hundred years ago, step up to the plate and step back in time at Fenway Park. Old bars ooze the stench of stale beer but at America’s oldest stadium, it’s the freshly popped kernels of corn that permeate the air. As you enter the stadium below its ancient brick and timber stands, you can feel the...

Raise a glass at Cheers, Boston

Grab a beer and raise a glass at the original Cheers, the bar where everybody knows your name. It’s testament to its writers, actors and uncanny ability to capture a moment in time so perfectly that has made Cheers such an iconic series ( and budget conscious networks who have rehashed annually since the mid-80s). And while you won’t find Ted Danson behind the bar, a...

Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and meeting the Pier 39 seals

San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf is a colorful marketplace where the real fish catching is done by its famous sea-lion community. Catch the trolley down to the waterfront and you’ll experience an area devoid of the expect industrial wastelands normally found by a city’s docks. Any warehouses are now occupied by prime real estate and showrooms for brands like...

Street Art Comes Alive at the Bushwick Collective Block Party

New York’s epicenter of hipster cool, Bushwick rolls out the welcome mat to the local population at the Bushwick Collective Block Party – New York’s biggest annual block party. The corner of Jefferson and Wykoff reeks of effortless, edgy coolness. Gig posters are wheat pasted on corrugated iron fences, advertisers use full wall murals instead of billboards...

Wine, witches and song at New Paltz, NY

New Paltz is an upstate college town in Ulster County, first settled by French Huguenots in 1678. A group escaping religious persecution, the Hugeuenots had escaped Germany (hence the Germanic name) and sought refuge in the new nation. For us, we’re seeking refuge from the big city and being only an hour and a half from Manhattan and easily accessible via a Trailways...