I turned in my bunk, comforted by the call to prayer floating through my window and the scent of thyme filling the dusty train compartment…
Love books, will travel. That’s our motto here at Urban Adventures, as it’s often books that inspire us to go see new places in the first place – or that enable us to relive a destination after we’ve come home. And these seven cities? The mere mention of them has us itching to hit the road (with a book to read in-hand).
Happy New Year! It’s mid-January, and those awesome, make-yourself-better, this-year’s-gonna-rock resolutions could well be losing steam. But why should a resolution be hard to keep? How about instead, we set you up with just one New Year’s resolution: to challenge yourself in a city you’ve never been to.
San Francisco’s Mission District is the city’s oldest neighbourhood and its culture is part-Latino, part-punk, part-hipster.
Once a working-class neighbourhood sheltering immigrants fleeing from oppression in Central America, the 1990s saw an influx of young professional people seeking cheaper rents in what was fast becoming one of America’s most expensive cities. Today the area is trying hard to hold on to its edginess and working-class roots and is resisting the gentrification of its culture.
It’s been a long and overwhelming day of sightseeing, so when that icy cold tap beer is pulled by the bartender we can understand why you’re suddenly overcome with emotion.
Is it the excitement of being in a new city, the thrill of finding a great local pub or simply relief that the man behind the bar understood what you wanted? It’s probably all that and more, so to mentally prepare you for the experience here are twelve of ‘The Feels’ you can expect to be faced with on an Urban Adventures Beer Tour…
In its strategic east-meets-west location, Istanbul has attracted migrants and travellers for centuries.
Within the Fener and Balat districts, where the population is mostly rural immigrants, is a fabulous organisation receiving support through The Intrepid Foundation, and turning around the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
So you’ve decided… you are going to travel to America. But where to go?
Sure, cities like New York, San Fran, Las Vegas and Washington DC deserve the super-sized praise that gets dolloped on them from all over, but have you considered stopping by a few of the lesser-visited cities in the United States?
Mall trawling Del Amo Fashion Center, seeing a movie premiere at the Chinese Theatre or donning your Disneyland mouse ears, where to start on your Los Angeles stopover? From celebrity mayhem to narcissistic musclemen, Carol Wilson had a fun day in the City of Angels…
“I had heard mixed reviews about Los Angeles, but on my recent Intrepid trip I was surprised at how much there was to see and do. On our tour through LA we saw Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and stopped for a short time in Hollywood. Normally just a boulevard with tourists, pricey shops and stars in the pavement, we had an extra special experience. Talk about right time, right place, just as we arrived Hugh Jackman was making his mark in the concrete, so we all managed to sneak a peak of him and watch the crowd go crazy with celebrity fever. What a highlight!