James Bugg


James Bugg

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 4th 2016

Sadly this was our final day of what had been an absolutely amazing trip which I would never forget and I created a lot of great memories! It was amazing how quickly the 3 weeks had gone and that we all were heading back to work on Monday. We left our suitcases with the concierge and booked a taxi back to the airport at 4pm. After a customary trip to Starbucks, I think Grant managed to get about 7 different names in there (I am pretty sure by the end they were doing it deliberately) Grant went off to meet his uncle for lunch and the rest of us went to Five Guys where I spent the last $15 that I had left on me. I had just about managed to make it last right up ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 3rd 2016

Everyone wanted to go shopping today as everyone had left it last minute to get gifts to bring home to friends and family. I had some great fun in the Nintendo store playing the new Zelda and Mario Kart 8, I think a few people were a little annoyed that we spend so much time in there. This took most of the morning and once completed I suggested we spend the rest of the afternoon walking through Central Park. I thought it would be a great idea to try and walk the whole way through Central Park, needless to say this was a terrible idea (everyone really should have stopped listening to me at this point!) especially since we all had loads of shopping bags to carry around! It too nearly 3 hours to get halfway ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 2nd 2016

I wanted to get an early start on the day so that we could head down to Katz's deli which was something that I had seen on Man vs Food and the sandwiches in there looked amazing. It was located in the east village relatively close to the area we were drinking in on Halloween. No-one wanted to walk so we took the subway down to the closest station to the deli. On arrival you took a ticket and whatever you ordered was logged on that ticket and you then paid for your food when leaving which I though was quite a novel idea. Alex ordered the pastrami sandwich and after trying this I also ordered the same. Grant initially went to order a turkey sandwich but he was laughed at by the people behind the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 1st 2016

I had booked the Statue of Liberty tour for today although I wasn't sure that any of us would be up in time to get there. I woke up and definitely still felt drunk and I don't think that I was the only one who felt that way! Somehow we were all able to get up and we took the subway down to the financial district and walked down to Battery Park from there which was where the boat would leave to take us to Liberty Island. Along the way Jake wanted to stop for a drink at 7/11 but Jack would no allow him to do so! It was a short ferry ride over to the island and the view of Manhattan was spectacular. I had booked tickets that would allow us to go to ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 31st 2016

We started off the day with a starbucks mainly to take advantage of the free wi-fi they had so we could find our way to Madison Square Gardens and The Empire State building. First up was MSG so that we could all buy tickets for the New York's first NBA game of the season. Jake and Alex opted for the cheap seats right at the top next to a bar, me and Jack bought mid range seats near the basket and Grant and Harv shelled out $500 for premium mid court seats. I spend $220 on my seat which was as high as I was willing to go but it did still take out a big chunk of the money I still had left! Me, Grant, Jack and Harv went to the Empire State while Alex, ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 30th 2016

Upon waking up there was piece of paper slid under the door which details all the charges that we had incurred, I was expecting the charge for the valet parking but not the charge for a bottle of water. Nobody had taken anything out of the mini fridge and thankfully the concierge downstairs agree to waive this particular fee. The valet delivered us back the car and it was time for one final drive which would take us to New York! It was going to be a 4 hour drive and we spent most of the time playing games where you take a topic and go through the alphabet coming up with answers. Along the way we finally managed to find a KFC, albeit miles out of the way, and it did not disappoint. The chicken ... read more

I was feeling very hungover and it made the top 3 of hangovers for the holiday so far; everyone else felt the same way and some food was going to be in order. Unfortunately the hotel did not provide a complimentary breakfast so we decided to head to the closes Mcdonalds. Once we had eaten we went for a tour around Washington to take in the major the sites of the city. Fist up was the White House, it was so surreal to see the building up close especially after seeing on the TV so often; it is much more impressive up close. Near to the White House there was a guy who was trying to claim that Hilary Clinton never existed which was absolutely ridiculous! The weather was once again excellent as it had been ... read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia October 28th 2016

The hotel we were staying at one of the best free breakfast's that we had on the entire trip, me and Harv took loads of the bacon which is perfectly crispy and much better than what we usually get back in the UK. It was about 30 minutes to Philadelphia from the hotel and upon entering the city 8 lanes of traffic merged into 2 so that you could drive over the bridge and into the city, this is something that definitely needs to be redesigned at some point! We drove around the city for quite a while until we were finally able to find a car park and it was really expensive. As Philadelphia was one of the key cities to the American independence there was some great historical things to learn about. We started ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Springfield October 27th 2016

We were right next to a Denny's so that was the obvious choice for breakfast and it was pretty good. As I am a real nerd I used the bacon to spell out my age just like Walter did on breaking bad. We had a great waitress who kept calling Alex little slugger which was hilarious and we all left behind a good tip. The hall of fame was only 15 minutes down the road and it was an excellent experience. On the top floor they had a full history of the NBA as well as key moments in history at the time, I could have spent all day reading up on everything but I ended up being miles behind everyone else who had moved onto the second floor. The second floor had a lot of ... read more

Today we were leaving Stowe and I was quite sad to be leaving as I had really enjoyed the area and could quite happily have stayed for a bit longer. The next stop on the tour was the Kancamagus Highway which was 2 hour drive from our hotel; it was a route I had read about before coming which was supposed to be one of the most scenic drives on the east side of the US. Grant and I set our go-pros to record the whole drive which was spectacular and offered some excellent views of the surrounding areas along the way. Sadly the colours had started to fade from the trees and it was clear that we had missed the best autumn colours by a few weeks at least. On checking the map I could ... read more

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