Back to (our version of) nature in Greenport, NY

Look – a deer – IN OUR FRICKIN’ BACKYARD! And a rabbit! And you can’t see it, but there’s another deer hiding behind the shed! And fireflies – LOADS of them… everywhere! We’ve only ever seen fake fireflies before – at the “Creatures of Light” exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History. Those ones were impressive enough but blimey, the real ones are incredible: they really do light up! And the noises! There’s proper, kick-arse birdsong stuff going on out there. As you might have guessed, we’re no longer…

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The best wifi coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado

Don't all flock there at once ho ho

This isn't one of them, but it illustrates the theme nicely

As digital nomads and people with few vices in life besides coffee, we take wifi coffee shops pretty seriously. We’re already rounded up our favourite spots in NYC, but we were nervous about Boulder: after all, no one’s heard of cold brew and they seem to have a bizarre fixation with chai. But we’re made of stern stuff, and as long as there’s a parking space immediately outside we’re willing to give anything a go (hey, it’s a novelty after a few months in NYC). So here’s our round up…

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10 things I now know about Astoria, Queens

It exists. For some reason, not many New Yorkers mention it or seem to know about it. If you like Greek food but are averse to budget deficits and dodgy politicians, Astoria is the place for you. It’s a doddle to get into Manhattan, thanks to the E, M, R, N and Q trains. Screw you, Greenpoint and your G train. You’ll keep your brain on its toes with the street grid system: the avenues go east to west and the streets go north to south (completely opposite and upside-down compared…

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Hiking in Boulder, Colorado

Would it surprise you to learn that we’ve not done a whole lot of hiking before? Even though we used to live in London’s less-than-flat Primrose Hill, it didn’t sufficiently toughen us up – the gradient in Seattle nearly killed us, and reading about San Francisco’s steepness may or may not have been a contributing factor to us giving it a miss on this trip. But when confronted with Boulder’s incredible scenery, we couldn’t resist getting involved. So while there’s plenty of great information about Boulder hiking trails online for…

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Finding Nederland

That’s the end of the puns for this post – it was exhausting coming up with that one. So… Nederland. It’s a mountain town in Boulder County, Colorado. While it seems someone was having a “let’s be ironic” moment in the town-naming office that day, there is an actual reason why it’s called the same thing as the European country (which is “Netherlands” in English but “Nederland” in the native Dutch). You see, the town has had a few names over the years. Between the mid- and late-19th century, it’s…

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