Take the Roald Dahl Adventure across the Atlantic

Take the Roald Dahl Adventure across the Atlantic

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This month sees a variety of written word celebrations, including Roald Dahl Day on the 13th September.

Roald Dahl wrote some of the most loved children’s books in existence. His magical world of talking animals, evil relations and mythical beings have taken young people and adults on adventures for over 50 years. 

Locations found in Roald Dahl stories

Many of the locations his heroic characters have journeyed to were inspired by his own life and explorations. The Witches begins in Norway, where Dahl’s parent had originally come from. Angling Spring Wood and Atkins Wood near High Wycombe provided inspiration for the heart-warming Danny the Champion of the World, and Sophie and the BFG take a humorous trip to Buckingham Palace for a spot of tea with the queen.

James and The Giant Relocation

But no character takes a journey quite like the one James and his insect pals take aboard the giant peach in James and the Giant Peach. Rolling off the White Cliffs of Dover, James tries to escape the anger of the Cloud-Men, whilst batting off hungry seagulls looking to take a bite out of his peach boat, before landing dramatically on the pinnacle of the Empire State Building in New York

James decides to stay in New York, living happily ever after within the peach pit. If you’re considering making the same move (only less dangerous and decidedly more comfortable,) what tips and tricks can help a smooth transition to life in the Big Apple? 

Prepare for all seasons

New York experiences all seasons and often to extremes in comparison to the UK. For example, the average temperature in London in January is 5-6°C. In January of this year, New York reached lows of -11°C.

Navigate the city like a pro

New York City is handily structured like a grid. Most streets (or blocks) are numbered, making it one of the easiest cities to navigate. Be warned, there is an area of downtown Manhattan where the streets have names rather than numbers, but it is still a simpler map than most. 

Tipping

In Britain, we are used to tipping 10%. In the US, service industry workers rely more heavily on tips so it’s important to get it right. If you’re in a restaurant, a good rule of thumb is to look at the tax amount and tip the equivalent. If you’re at a bar, you shouldn’t tip less than a dollar a drink. 

Speaking of tax…

The prices you see on tags or labels is not the amount that you will ultimately be charged. This is because, in America, tax is added on at the point of payment. It can make budgeting whilst you’re shopping quite difficult, but forewarned is forearmed. 

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