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 study in New Haven’s past and present

Yale University, famous pizza, early US history and it’s only an hour from New York are just a few enticing reasons to take a trip to New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on the northern shore of Long Island sound and accessible via the Metro North New Haven line, you can get from Grand Central to this Ivy League college town in about an hour. From the local Union...

The best fall foliage close to New York City

As Summer becomes a faded memory, so do the leaves on the deciduous trees of the Hudson Valley. Fall foliage day trips, also known as ‘leaf peeping’, is a popular mid-fall activity for residents of the northeast. The best displays actually occur earlier and further north, in Vermont and New Hampshire. That’s where the covered wooden bridges and maple farms are and at...

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...