We’re ripping up the travel script (and you should too)

We’re going to Bangkok next week. And you know the one thing people keep telling us to do? “Ooh you MUST go to a ping pong show and watch all the girls make things fly out of their fu fus. The drinks there cost a bomb, but you’ve gotta do it.” Errr, no. And not because of morals (although Wikipedia’s description does a good job of putting us off for those reasons too). We won’t go because it’s just not our sort of thing and we don’t care that all the guide…

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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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10 things I now know about Boulder, Colorado

Dachshunds – the people here are crazy about them. Which is weird because the people here are also crazy about trekking up mountains with their dogs. And I’m pretty sure there are many other dogs better suited to the job than dachshunds. Everyone says hi and everyone smiles. It took us a while to remember that we aren’t in New York and therefore these people aren’t clinically insane – they’re just friendly. It’s the wonderfullest thing to look up from the Covent Garden-like shops and street performers to see a honking big mountain…

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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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We review 47 cafes in NYC. Then feel a bit ashamed.

During our recent 150-day stay in New York City, we visited 47 cafes. Just to be clear, that’s 47 different cafes. We went back to our favourites multiple times. We spent roughly $120 per month on coffee, all in all. To be fair to ourselves, we do spend a lot of time working on laptops, and we need to take our work out into the world every so often to remind ourselves that other people exist. But what originally started as a quest for comfortable places with wifi soon became…

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