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    Swimming with Manatees on Crystal River

    May 22, 2018

    For someone who prides themselves on an eclectic, wide-ranging bucket list, the experience of swimming with manatees came as a rather late addition. In fact, prior to visiting Anna Maria Island last year, the manatee itself remained a fairly mysterious animal to me – one that I’d wrongly presumed was not too dissimilar to an overweight dolphin. However, after visiting a rehabilitation centre for manatee whilst visiting Anna Maria, I quickly developed a soft spot for these gentle, floating ‘sea cows’,…

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  • Where to eat in Tampa

    A Two-Day Guide to the City of Tampa, Florida

    There is something stirring in Tampa: an energy, an excitement, a buzz. Walk through the city’s downtown area – a territory once dominated by linoleum-filled skyscrapers – and you might feel it rush by;…

    May 14, 2018
  • A Guide to Anna Maria Island, Florida

    Last Christmas, during that strange hiatus between Christmas and New Year, the BBC aired ‘The Real Marigold on Tour’. The series was based on the popular film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, that tells…

    December 6, 2017
  • The Hidden Details of Universal Studios, Orlando

    A few months ago, my life was gripped by a television series. Telling the surreal story of a Western-inspired theme park, full of lifelike robots and guests dressed as cowboys, HBO’s Westworld fascinated me.…

    February 9, 2017
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    It was a hot, summer’s day in 1997 when our Mum returned from work with two copies of the first Harry Potter book: [easyazon_link identifier=”1408855658″ locale=”UK” tag=”twithatra-21″]Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone[/easyazon_link]. The following week…

    February 2, 2017
  • Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

    *Disclaimer – for my parents: I really did enjoy our holidays growing up. Please don’t feel bad. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I was part of generation Americana. Despite being…

    January 26, 2017
  • Fall in Washington DC

    In many ways, I like to think that the UK is superior to the US: superior chocolate, superior music and superior public toilets (why do all toilets in America have huge gaps either side of…

    October 31, 2016
  • A Road Trip to Virginia

    On Friday we embarked on a good-ol’ fashioned road-trip into the depths of Virginia. We should probably mention that our brother lives in DC and so helped arrange the trip and did all the…

    December 15, 2014
  • The White House

    The White House: the place  in which every US President since John Adams has lived, worked and entertained. Most importantly, it is also officially the place that two twins from England visited. On Thursday…

    December 13, 2014
  • 48 hours in New York City

    As part of our adventure to the US, we decided to spend 48 hours in New York City! We’ve both visited before and so we knew it would be the perfect place to put…

    December 11, 2014
  • Christmas in Washington DC

    Day two in Washington DC and jetlag raised its ugly head. Rather than lay awake, staring at the ceiling for a few hours, we decided to ‘carpe diem’ and visit Lincoln Memorial before the…

    December 9, 2014