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WC Challenge: #5/25

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WC Challenge: #4/25

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WC Challenge: #3/25

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WC Challenge: #2/25

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WC Challenge: #1/25

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25 Days of England: The 2018 World Cup Challenge

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Our Big Day at The Journeyman Distillery: The Set Up

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A trip down memory lane in room 2008 - Thompson, Chicago

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The Hunger/Burger Games Part 4: Time To Catch Up ...

So many burgers, such little time!!
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My Events Portfolio: The Video Collection

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A day out at Dismaland: Banksy's 'bemusement park'

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Japan: Day 20-26 - Exploring Tokyo - Tattoos, views, raw chicken and trainers!

It's not every day that you see a meerkat chilling in a Donald Duck outfit ... but hey, that's Japan for you!

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The Hunger/Burger Games Part 3: Stokey Bears and Shake Shack

It’s time for another instalment of meaty goodness! And in round 3 it’s a visit to Stokey Bears and Shake Shack:

Stokey Bears
Address: 129 Stoke Newington High St Stoke Newington, London N16 0PH
Instagram: @stokeybears
twitter: @stokeybears

I’d heard good things about Stokey Bears and seeing that it’s a 10-minute drive from my apartment I couldn’t put it off any longer.

This burger joint is pretty cool and stands out amongst the kebab shops and East London pubs at the north end of Stoke Newington High Street. The menu isn’t a let down either:

- The Angry Bear: A 100% Sussex beef patty (grass fed on East Sussex pastures), cheese, topped with Helluvapino relish & ribman holyfuck hot sauce in a brioche bun
- Angry fries

This burger was bloody delicious … but not for those who don’t like it hot! The Helluvapino relish and ribman holyfuck hot sauce compliments the patty cooked to perfection. The angry fries might have been a bit OTT alongside the angry burgers, but they were tasty as hell (I just needed a couple of litres of water to see me through the feast!)

My picture of Stokey Bears Angry Burger on my Instagram caught that eye of Buzzfeed and made it into their “17 Burgers You Must Try Before You Die” post. It came in at number 14 (I’d probably put it higher than that but at least it’s on the list huh?)
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Japan: Day 18 + 19 - Matsumoto and my return to Tokyo

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Japan: Day 17 - Takayama. Let the eating begin!!

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Japan: Day 15 + 16 - Kanazawa - The tranquil home of the Samurai

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Japan: Day 13 + 14 - Hiroshima + Miyajima Island

What do you find half way up a mountain on the middle of an island deep within it's thick forest, amidst monkeys swinging in the trees I hear you ask? Well, it just so happens that I know ...
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Japan: Day 12 - Himeji + Kurashiki ... Castles + Canals!

Today ended on a dry high ... and probably with a few of my favourite pictures I've ever taken, but that's definitely not how it started!

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Japan: Day 10 + 11 - The many heights and sights of Osaka

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Japan: Day 8 + 9 - Ryokans and Ghost Towns - Exploring Ise & Futamiura

I think the highlight of the last two days was snapping this pic of an elderly wheelchair bound crew to a desolate town for a picture with what seemed to be two papier-mâc style frogs! (p.s why is the woman second from the left holidng up three fingers on each hand? ... Extra peace?)

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Japan: Day 7 - Nara / Uji / Kyoto - Deer oh deer!

Today's excursion ends down back alleys and narrow cobbled streets ... but that's not where it began! 
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Japan: Day 6 - Monkeying around in Arashiyama

After a fun packed day yesterday there was still a few things in Kyoto that I wanted to do before I moved on to the next destination, but the last few days had been pretty intense so the snooze button got pressed a couple (at least 10) times! 

Once I was finally up and dressed I was ready to roll, and prepared for the worst as bad weather had been reported, but hoping for scenes like this ...
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Japan: Day 5 - Kyoto

An early morning was in order to take advantage of being able to watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Gion Yasaka house (one of the amazing apartments Japan Experience have available to rent in Kyoto) and was definitely worth it. The view of this amazing landscape with mountains surrounding the city from every direction except south is spectacular.
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Japan: Day 4 - Lake Ashinoko

So here's the highlight of today's excursion:
But we'll come back to that later ... After a pretty hectic day yesterday there was no time for any rest today as I had lots to try and do whilst I was still in Hakone before heading to my next destination; Kyoto.

After my first experience of an onsen last night, I booked a private indoor onsen session at the guest house for 6.30am to start the day off right. I see why they're so popular out here, I could definitely get use to starting (and finishing) the day with one.
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Japan: Day 3 - Hakone

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Japan: Day 2 - Tokyo

So this is Tokyo ....

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Japan: Day 1 - The Journey

So Japan's not close huh? 

I've spent the whole day travelling! Firstly I left North London at 6am and headed to Heathrow (that Piccadilly line takes forever but at least I just had to sit there and do nothing in my sleepless state, for what felt like 40 stops!)
A quick flight (and when I say quick I really mean it - 50 minutes!) to Amsterdam which was pretty much empty, except for a chap from Ghana who had 4 phones and couldn't seem to work any of them! A 2-hour wait at the airport was filled with checking out clogs, cows, china crockery, bread displays! (all the things Holland are famous for obviously) and taking a few snaps, before jumping on an 11-hour flight to Tokyo. 

Because Japan is 9 hours ahead I should have really slept, but I was too excited! So now I've spent a full day travelling but have arrived in Tokyo at the beginning of their day - 9.25am!! Today might be a bit of a struggle, but the journey was smooth, everything ran on time and I got to Japan in one piece! 

Time to get my luggage, go through customs and find my way to Tokyo ...
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Japan: The calm before the storm!

It's finally time!

Everything is packed and I'm ready for an early flight in the morning. I've got all of the essentials and have tried not to take too much ... BUT I find it really hard not to pack 4 of everything! Oh well, I'm the one that's got to carry it around Japan so I've only got myself to blame, huh!

Tomorrow morning I embark on a 26-day trip around Japan, I'm ready for the adventure begin!
My next post will be from Tokyo! Arghhhhh
See you all on the other side ...

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