10 things I now know about Bangkok

"Carnaby Street" at Terminal 21, Bangkok

Carnaby Street, Bangkok-style

1. Bangkok is MENTAL. Everyone told us this, but everyone tells us this about a lot of places. Our attitude is always “C’mon, we’re not from Norwich – we’re used to New York and London. How crazy can it really be?” This time, they’re telling the truth. At any given moment it’s quite typical to be dodging a motorbike ridden by a mother with her three kids on the back, waving away someone trying to sell you a sex toy, tripping over a shrine, and smelling a combination of sewage,…

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10 things I now know about Liverpool

1. Liverpool is dead easy to get to. The airport (named after John Lennon, obviously) is served by EasyJet and Ryanair from many parts of Europe, and a bus into town only costs £1.90. By train, it’s only two hours from London, and Lime Street Station is right in the middle of town. 2. If a Liverpudlian sounds like they’re about to say “That’s a cracking coconut Krispy Kreme,” take a large step back or open an umbrella to avoid the inevitable fountain of phlegm. 3. If you like The…

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Your really useful guide to New York neighbourhoods

Six months ago we moved to New York for six months, and in that time we lived in EIGHT different neighbourhoods. Here is a (hopefully) useful summary of them all. Park Slope Everyone (well, New York magazine in 2010, at least) considers Park Slope to be one of NYC’s most desirable locations. And I can see why: it’s pretty, for one thing – there are lots of brownstone houses and leafy streets. Then there’s all that green space in Prospect Park – actual green, regular, open space rather than carousels,…

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10 things I now know about Coney Island, Brooklyn

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Coney Island boardwalk

Want to find some natural shade to sit in? Yeah, good luck with that – the Native Americans who used to inhabit the area called it the “land without shadows” because the beach remains in sunlight all day. There’s now only one small amusement park, as many of the original pre-war amusements were declared ‘tawdry’ and have gradually been closed down. Donald Trump’s dad used to own an amusement park on Coney Island, and battled with the city for years to get permission to build luxury apartments in its place….

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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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