A Chocolatey, Amish Christmas Experience

What do you get if you cross a giant candy store, an Amish farm, and an overloading of Christmas cheer? A fun day out from New York City. We had a booked a tour to visit Hershey Chocolate World and Koziar’s Christmas Village.  It took over 3 hours to get to Hershey Chocolate World and…

Hiking in Bear Mountain State Park

Hiking is good exercise. But when you live in New York City, to go hiking you have to walk to the subway – passing a perfectly adequate gym on the way – then take the subway to the bus station, then sit motionless and cramped on a bus for two hours, and then you have to…

Bus Ride from CAP to PAP

CAP to PAP was our route. Or Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to de-acronymify things. Google Maps told us it was 239km and a five and a half hour journey through mountains and then down the coast. It sounded promising. I was excited. Sans Souci was the bus company and the night before we’d checked the…

Buying Tickets to Citadelle Laferrière, Haiti

We were standing outside the ticket booth that sold tickets (naturally) to Citadelle Laferrière in northern Haiti, the largest fortress in the Americas. “Here is the cost,” said the lady behind the glass. We looked over the chart showing the prices to visit the largest fortress in the Americas. $5 for just a ticket, $20 for…

Snorkelling with Sharks in Belize with People Who Can’t Swim

If you couldn’t swim, like literally you had never been in water before, would you go snorkelling with sharks in the sea off the coast of a strange country? That’s not rhetorical. I’d like your opinions please. Anyway, I went to Belize, specifically the island of Caye Caulker, and I went snorkelling with sharks with…

The 15 stages of playing Las Vegas blackjack

Here are the 15 stages I went through when playing blackjack in Las Vegas. How do I play again? Okay, that round didn’t count. I think I get the hang of it now. Did I win? I think I won, didn’t I? I’m still winning? This is so easy. Why aren’t you guys winning too? Why…

What’s It Like Living in Manhattan?

Hello friends, I just wanted to write and tell you that my apartment in Manhattan is on the ground floor, facing out to the street, and quite often people walk past the window and we make very awkward eye contact.

Two-Face, Captain Jack, and Starfish in Bocas del Toro, Panama

What’s the cutest animal in the world? Chimp? Koala? Cutey wutey bunny wabbit? I can’t decide, but I saw starfish and sloths in Bocas del Toro, Panama and they should both be right up there. I stopped by Panama en-route to Bogotá, Colombia. My first impression of Panama City was that it was blander than a…

Roasting Marshmallows with an Amish Lady on a Volcano in Guatemala

If I had a bucket list, it would include getting a tattoo, snorting cocaine off somebody’s stomach, and setting up a business renting pets by the month for people who aren’t actually sure yet whether they want a dog shitting on their carpet. One thing my bucket list definitely wouldn’t include is roasting marshmallows with an Amish lady…

Public Transport in New York

I saw a dead guy. He was slumped on a bench in the subway at Columbus Circle in Manhattan underneath an advert for a new movie. He was a black guy with a white beard, maybe in his forties, blue hoodie pulled over him, and he was staring upwards with teeth clenched so tight he…

4th of July in New York, as a Brit

As a British person, I’m not supposed to celebrate 4th of July. It celebrates one of our greatest embarrassments: one of our best colonies got away. Me celebrating America’s freedom is like a rich white person celebrating the end of slavery. It’s illogical. But then I realised it doesn’t matter. If America wants to have a…