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.

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter arrives on New York’s Broadway Harry Potter on Broadway, Harry Potter and the Marathon Five Hour Session, Harry Potter With a Crippling Hangover, these were all potentially fitting names as we hit the box office to pick up our tickets that we won in Today Tix’ Friday 40 lottery which not only gave us access to the two-part play for $40 (instead of...

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx

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...

The surreal and fantastical comes alive at Hollywood’s Universal Studios and in the cab on the way.

From zero to zany in two minutes Hollywood or Hollyweird as our rather quirky (read: just one step on the scale from full mental derangement) cab driver jokingly calls it as part of his tourist-pleasing routine sweeps past as he presses the pedal to the metal propelling us through Laurel Canyon, the superstar laden enclave of the 60s, 70s and 80s. We’re not an hour...

Discover NYC’s best view from Top of the Rock

Ignore the recommendations from friends, Top of the Rock is the view of Manhattan the Empire State Building will never be able to deliver. As it’s name would suggest, Top of the Rock can be found at the top of 30 Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza) between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Rockefeller Plaza is a series of buildings housing high-end shops to legal offices, but as the...

Hoboken, New Jersey

Old cobblestone streets, hundred-year-old Irish bars and a strong Italian community, Hoboken adds another flavor to your Tri-state experience. Unofficially dubbed the sixth borough, New Jersey’s Hoboken and to a lesser extent, Jersey City are basically extensions of New York. The architectural styles are the same and the accents are pretty similar (apart from a...

Boobie Trap, Bushwick

Beer, board games and boobs, what’s not to like about this iconic Bushwick dive bar? Boobie Trap is a top heavy, kitsch heavy hangout on the corner of Irving and Bleecker.   From the moment you enter Boobie Trap, you will feel like home, greeted by friendly staff, a well stocked bar complete with naked torso fitted with twin beer taps as its ovaries and a blackboard...

Sun Studios, Memphis

Have you ever been to a place where you feel like you could be right beside those who made it so special? That’s a sensation you will feel at Sun Studios on Memphis’ Union Street.   Sun Studios’ humble exterior and interior belies its rich backstory, breaking rock and roll’s pioneers like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, Johnny Cash and a little-known...