#10 – Magic Castle and LA

Good morning world. I got back a few days ago to Boston and I’m already breaking out the winter clothes. It is freezing here which isn’t a great sign as that means winter is coming and last year the snow was off the charts (literally, it broke records). If you do plan on braving it and coming during the winter you should check out all the posts I did on Boston last week here. I think they’re pretty informative and interesting but I guess I’m bias haha.

What else is happening? I am back from LA and Japan. I hit up LA on either side of my Tokyo flights to see some friends and generally cope with jetlag. Whilst there I got to go to Universal Studios Horror Nights which was incredible. If you can, definitely go check it out! You get to go on all the rides and also these special scary mazes (but really it’s just lots of fun to laugh at your friends and get your adrenaline pumping). I also managed to go to the Magic Castle! If you read my birthday bucket list post then you’ll know that was on there and I can officially cross it of now! It was such an amazing experience and I am a big fan and supporter of magic and magicians. I got to wear a suit and walk around the castle meandering with talented people and watch their shows whilst drinking classy cocktails. You aren’t allowed to take photographs inside but here’s one from the outside and of my program haha. Thanks to Brian, Justin and Aimee for going with me and organising it all.

Coming up on the blog is my Japan trip. I wasn’t sure how to distinguish posts so I’m just going to do day by day. It’ll mean a lot of reading (sorry if you bother), but I think the flow is great and hopefully it’ll give you guys some tips or ideas on how to organise your own trip. I’ll do a summary post at the very end to make it all easier to go through. I also filmed quite a bit so I might try and make a mini video. I think a lot of what I saw is better explained and visualised as a film so we’ll see how that attempt goes.

Plans with me are a little complicated and I don’t want to give too much away as everything is still up in the air but I’m likely leaving the states in the next month. After four years in NYC and Boston I think it’s time for something new and somewhere new. We’ll see what happens I guess and probably in #11 there’ll be some big announcement or reveal. I hope you are all having a fantastic pre-Halloween and getting ready to spook your friends and family. I’ll catch you in a few weeks but in the mean time check out twitter and instagram as I keep those pretty furiously updated with new posts and info!

PS – Newish design, what do you think?
PPS – New archives for easy to find access, how fancy am I getting?!


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff