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.

A 23-hour escape to Wakikiki and Honolulu

Long haul flights between the US and Australia will challenge even the most seasoned flyer, but if you fly Hawaiian Airlines, you can split the trip in two in Honolulu. We’d never really considered flying Hawaiian Airlines before. It’s not that we had any um… baggage, it’s just that Virgin Australia and Qantas dominate the transcontinental routes. It was only...

Get Your Brunch Buzz on at Sleepy Bee

Sleepy Bee caters for the early riser with healthy, wholesome meal options from breakfast through brunch. Cincinnati’s vibrant and buzzing food scene isn’t just reserved for dinner. Sleepy Bee proves that and owns its position at the top end of the brunch must-trys. A partnership between locals Dr. John Hutton and Sandra Gross, this labor of love brings regionally...

Blondie Live at the House of Vans, Brooklyn

Catching Blondie live in New York is bucket-list level for a music fan; seeing her playing live in a skate park takes it to its zenith. Blondie has always been the pretty young punk band that broke through to the mainstream the hardest and fastest from the gritty skid row dive bar, CBGBs. The band rose at the same time as Television, the Talking Heads and The...

Going Underground in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati

Once America’s most bad-ass hood, we get really underground in Over the Rhine. Cincinnati was once a city fueled by beer. As one of America’s largest producers of beer and with its community of German immigrants, the Over the Rhine area had one of the country’s largest concentrations of breweries and bars. Main drag, Vine Street was home to 130 theaters, bars...

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...

Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Yankee Stadium

Peanuts, crackerjacks, hotdogs and organ flourishes, the age old spirit of a day at the baseball still runs strong through the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium. Our first Major League Baseball Experience was one we’ll never forget. It was the first week of September 2009, just a few weeks before the playoffs that would lead the New York Yankees to the World Series. It was also...

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...