Stop Having a Boring Life http://stophavingaboringlife.com You'll never know unless you go Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:19:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 A Date With Fate & Comfort Kills Dreams http://stophavingaboringlife.com/date-fate-comfort-kills-dreams/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/date-fate-comfort-kills-dreams/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:00:29 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21982 Greetings, I’m writing this from my parent’s house in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada which is a spot I left for good in 2009 and nothing has changed since. It’s so odd coming home again and again and realizing that nothing stands still… People change, you change, circumstances change, everything changes… I’d love to stay […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my parent’s house in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada which is a spot I left for good in 2009 and nothing has changed since. It’s so odd coming home again and again and realizing that nothing stands still… People change, you change, circumstances change, everything changes… I’d love to stay longer as I’m quite comfortable and by longer I mean a few more days but this pesky thing called Christmas is quickly coming and flights get frantic…

The cost rises and riding standby becomes near impossible. I’m flying to Miami tomorrow morning and if all goes well, I’ll be hanging with my Nicaraguan crew that night. If it doesn’t, I’m stuck in Miami for a bit which could be worse besides egregious hotel costs but such is life for the man that lives on the road. I may have no car payments, insurance or gas bills but I sure do have lots of “whatever you wanna call them” which come with traveling the world.

I’m very much looking forward to returning to the Corn Islands. Seems that each time I go there I like them even more which is odd as the honeymoon phase of my stay there is long over, long over. That said, who knows how I’ll feel, right? If all goes well it’s time to really plant some roots in the form of firm concrete foundations on my small plot and perhaps even finish the cottage off. I’m quite looking forward to it and frankly it scares me a bit but when you’re a little unsure you know you’re doing something cool.

Comfort kills dreams.

So I’m going to sign off now(ish) as I have a million and one little things to think about. You know what, if you’re going to do a big trip and it seems daunting don’t fret! The hardest part of any trip or any big project is the first few steps. Packing for a trip is very hard when you’re at home but when you’re on the road you have so little in comparison that it’s just filling your bag and catching the next flight, train or bus… Really, nothing to fuss about and before you blink you’re in your next destination.

That said, I love travel for the sake of travel. I love the random airport encounters and temporary acquaintances that you share transit moments with. Who knows what will happen? That’s powerful stuff in a life that most people live which is basically scripted. You are young and full of dreams but you get comfortable and forget who you are and become a job. I’m Adam the accountant or Bill the bartender or even Steve the stockbroker… Travel is just amazing and I can’t imagine doing anything else so I’ll end this now(ish).

Tomorrow it’s GO TIME and SHABL is gearing up for another adventure. I’ve got a bag filled with all sorts of cool stuff like Penn trolling reels, external hard disks, a new computer and some other cool “toys” which are essential to what SHABL has become. Things may be a bit quiet around here at times these days and that’s because I’m going deep into video so do check out my Youtube Channel and be sure to subscribe.

Little Corn isn’t for everyone, but it’s the closest I’ve found to paradise.

Tomorrow, I’ve got another date with lady fate…

Tips hat,

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Winter Getaway at Mont Sainte Anne http://stophavingaboringlife.com/winter-getaway-mont-sainte-anne/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/winter-getaway-mont-sainte-anne/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:56:47 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21967 Greetings, I’m writing this from my hometown of Ottawa, Canada and getting ready to leave this winter wonderland behind shortly. I want to talk about a great winter getaway I recently experienced at Mont Sainte Anne just outside Quebec City in Quebec, Canada. This is my second time skiing at Mont Sainte Anne and you […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my hometown of Ottawa, Canada and getting ready to leave this winter wonderland behind shortly. I want to talk about a great winter getaway I recently experienced at Mont Sainte Anne just outside Quebec City in Quebec, Canada. This is my second time skiing at Mont Sainte Anne and you can read my first posts here and here. This time I rolled up with a friend, stayed in a great condo at the base and tried my luck at skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing…

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I’ve always been a bit of a skiier and a snowboarder but thought I was more of a skiier; that all changed. I skied the first day and it was solid times. A decent number of runs were open which was nice considering it’s so early in the season and we even found some great fresh snow near the top of one of the runs we took. What a difference it makes when you have some steep terrain covered with fluffy snow; it’s totally bliss I tell you. I spent the day skiing and it reminded me why I love the sport so much.

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The next day I rented out a snowboard and wasn’t sure how it was going to go considering it has been ages since I’ve ridden one. It was just like riding a bike and a lot more fun, I dare say. On a snowboard you can really jib everything, do small ollies and all the random little bumps, twists and turns are easier to handle at all speeds once you get your balance and edge management right. Myself and my friend rode through the Enchanted Forest and had a wonderful time.

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The following day there was a massive blizzard which was supposed to be great for snow conditions. The problem was that the wind was howling too fast so they couldn’t open the gondola. As a result we went snowshoeing and it was quite the adventure. I haven’t been snowshoeing in ages and would like to do more. It’s like a hike only more fun as the terrain is more intense and it’s easy to stay cool as well, it’s cold outside. Something popular to do is hike to the top of the mountain; usually takes 1.5-3 hours depending on your fitness level.

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The final day, I went back to skiing and really wished I was still on my snowboard. It’s like you need certain conditions and the right speed to really put your skis to work; snowboards are fun to jib around anytime. We stayed in a super nice condo at the base of the mountain which was a two bedroom with everything you’d want. If you’re planning a winter getaway, I can’t stress enough that staying at the base of the mountain is what it’s all about. You can wake up and see the conditions yourself before walking a few yards to the base of the gondola; perfection.

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Something I wish I had done while there but we ran out of time was some cross country skiing. Mont Sainte Anne has 220km of trails and is the biggest cross country center in North America. It’s also home to Alex Harvey who is an Olympian cross country skier. That said it definitely leaves something for me to get involved with should I ever return so that’s a positive. Besides the hike to the top of the mountain there are also plenty of snowshoeing trails at the cross country ski center. Also, there are trails for mountain bikes with those fat tires which is pretty cool for the hardcore biking set who want to ride regardless the weather.

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In closing, big thanks to Mont Sainte Anne for their hospitality; it was really appreciated!

Tips hat,

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Introducing the LifeProof Winter Bucketlist Contest http://stophavingaboringlife.com/introducing-lifeproof-winter-bucketlist-contest/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/introducing-lifeproof-winter-bucketlist-contest/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:17:51 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21959 Today I want to share with you a cool initiative from my friends at LifeProof  to encourage us all to be a little more active this winter. It’s called the Winter Bucket List Contest and LifeProof will be rewarding people throughout the next few months for getting out there and experiencing everything that comes with a winter […]

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Today I want to share with you a cool initiative from my friends at LifeProof  to encourage us all to be a little more active this winter. It’s called the Winter Bucket List Contest and LifeProof will be rewarding people throughout the next few months for getting out there and experiencing everything that comes with a winter wonderland.

I’ve decided to join them this year because I’m in Canada briefly and want to make the most of my time here. Also, I’ve used LifeProof cases in the past, quite liked them, and they have some good prizes that they are giving away for those who want to get involved.

To enter the contest is really easy; instructions are from the official contest page.
1. Log in to your Instagram account, make sure your profile is public, and follow @LifeProof.
2. Upload three or more bucket list adventures you want to complete this winter in a single post — be adventurous! (This can be a photo of a written list, a photo with the list in the caption or a video of you saying the list)
3. Tag each contest post with #LPBucketList and @LifeProof.
4. As you complete your bucket list, post and tag the pictures or videos of your adventures. You must be visible in the pictures or videos so we know you’ve completed it. It’s that simple!

By following the instructions above you’ll automatically be entered into the contest and have the opportunity to win some of the grand prizes. Worth noting is that each grand prize will be given to three different contestants which increases everyone’s odds at winning.

The grand prize packages include:

  • $2,000 REI gift card
  • $700 Apple gift card
  • LifeProof prize pack, including the new iPhone 6 case


There will also be weekly prizes of $250US REI gift cards.

I do believe that now is a great time to share with you my winter bucket list, yes?

- Ski some black diamond runs
- Snowboard for first time in years
- Go on a snowshoeing adventure

In the near future I’m off to Mt. Saint-Anne which is just outside Quebec City and plan on crossing them all off then. I’ve been to the area a few times before and always loved it. It’s also a great opportunity to go on a winter road trip with an old friend of mine that I don’t get to see often enough and who doesn’t love a good road trip?!

In closing, good luck to everyone and thanks to my friends at LifeProof for inviting me to get involved with this challenge; anything that helps motivate people to stay active during the long winter months is good in my books. That said, please rest assured that all opinions are mine as they always have been and always will be.

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries on Instagram.

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Let’s Talk Accommodations… What Makes One Epic? http://stophavingaboringlife.com/lets-talk-accommodations-makes-one-epic/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/lets-talk-accommodations-makes-one-epic/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:34:44 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21917 Greetings, I’m writing this from my blogging lab in Ottawa, Canada aka my old stomping grounds and what has now become my hometown. I’m taking this rare time off traveling to think about the trips I’ve taken, the places I’ve stayed and some of the delicious dinners I’ve devoured. Having just finished an incredible stay […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my blogging lab in Ottawa, Canada aka my old stomping grounds and what has now become my hometown. I’m taking this rare time off traveling to think about the trips I’ve taken, the places I’ve stayed and some of the delicious dinners I’ve devoured. Having just finished an incredible stay it makes me wonder what’s an epic accommodation? Where’s that point where you cross from a slick pad to rest your tired traveling head to the world of epic? You know, the good stuff, the stuff that will race to the tip of your tongue whenever a relevant conversation comes up…

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I think for an accommodation to be epic it has to be memorable above all else. Think about all the meals you’ve had, dates you’ve gone on, hotels you’ve stayed at and beaches you’ve swam at… Which ones really stand out? What makes them stand out? They need that “it” factor and that “it factor” is what makes them memorable.  At the end of the day there is lots of good, great and out of this world but it all fades away from memory eventually except for those rare few which can be best described as epic.

I ponder all this as I recently was asked to find some epic accommodation as part of a campaign with Booking.com and I believe I succeeded quite well; the video below is from the place I stayed at which is the Hotel Cafe Royal. If you’re interested in seeing some epic accommodations around the world I suggest you visit the Booking Truth.  Below I want to show you a few cool spots I’ve visited and highlight what makes them epic…

Hotel Cafe Royal’s Dome Suite

This is the spot I just came from and it’s an epic spot to stay without a doubt. In the heart of Piccadilly Circus and priced at a point that once you enter everything is cool. There are no pretentious staff or guests, just people who enjoy the finer things in life and and appreciate a great location.  This suite has a patio overlooking Piccadilly Circus; that my friends is EPIC. You’ll never forget the night you partied until dawn with friends while overlooking one of the most iconic spots in the world. Also, 99.999% of the population don’t even know it’s there and the 0.001% that do will never forget it.

Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Anahita Mauritius

This place was out of this world and situated in one of the most beautiful backdrops one could imagine. It’s epic because it’s a top shelf suite which is like an apartment on it’s own peninsula surrounded by the Indian Ocean. It has everything you’d need, impeccable service at your beck and call 24/7, a private infinity pool and the list just goes on. While there I was actually got lonely for a moment which was one the first times in all my travels. It was so cool that I was saddened that I couldn’t enjoy a drink with someone and share the moment. That my friends, was an epic pad and I’m sure anyone who has stayed there would agree.

Presidential Suite at The Stones Bali

I stayed at The Stones in Legian, Bali for ~ two weeks in 2013 for a fashion festival and had an insanely good time. We took helicopter rides to places for lunch, I went to Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa for sunset and a host of other things. This Presidential Suite is epic because it’s a few floors, has it’s own helicopter pad, insane sunsets, massive stuffed animals AND it’s steps from the madness of Bali’s nightlife or the beach. So let’s be serious, yes? If you stayed there and had a ridiculous weekend in Bali; you’d never forget it, I assure you. Mix that along with everything else I just mentioned and you’ve got yourself an epic stay.

So this should give you an idea of what makes an epic accommodation in my mind. Also in the mix is the time I spent 6 weeks in a treefort near Pangani, Tanzania on the coast across from Zanzibar. A friend was building a wellness retreat and I was supposed to come down for a weekend with him but I loved it and the staff working there so I said “leave me”. My sleeping arrangement was basically a treefort with an old safari hot air balloon as a roof… It wasn’t luxurious but it was so unique and such a special experience that it’s something I’ll never forget and although very different than the other spots I’ve mentioned above; just as memorable aka epic.

Huge thanks to Booking.com for hosting this campaign and iambassador for managing it. That said, rest assured all opinions are mine as they always have been and always will be. The goal of the campaign was for me to find the most epic accommodation possible in which to experience London and I believe I succeeded with my stay at Hotel Cafe Royal.

Tips hat,

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Last Day in Athens, Greece – Vlog http://stophavingaboringlife.com/last-day-athens-greece-vlog/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/last-day-athens-greece-vlog/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:31:36 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21933 Greetings, This is the latest vlog aka video blog that I’ll be sharing with you here from my recent time in Athens, Greece. I was there for the Travel Blog Exchange aka TBEX which was good times. I had these big plans on leaving right after the conference ended and going to London to join […]

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Greetings,

This is the latest vlog aka video blog that I’ll be sharing with you here from my recent time in Athens, Greece. I was there for the Travel Blog Exchange aka TBEX which was good times. I had these big plans on leaving right after the conference ended and going to London to join a friend on an adventure. That said, his wife was getting a little annoyed that he was using all his vacation time away from home;  makes sense though, yes?

Anyways turned out staying in Athens was a great idea and a cool opportunity popped up which is revealed in this video. I’m trying to get us caught up on all these videos so I can go back to real-time which is what this blog is all about. In closing, if you ever get a chance to spend some time in Athens, go for it as it’s a cool city. If you’re enjoying these videos, subscribe to my Youtube to ensure you never miss one.

Tips hat,

P.S: Photo is from my first time in Athens, how time flies!

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#MeetSouthAfrica Film by StoryTravelers http://stophavingaboringlife.com/meet-south-africa-film-storytravelers/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/meet-south-africa-film-storytravelers/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:13:10 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21922 Good morning! I’m in freezing old Ottawa dreaming of warmer destinations and looks like dreams do come true as this morning I woke up to the latest film from my talented friend  Caspar  Diederik. Caspar makes inspiring films and shares them all through his blog StoryTravelers. I’v’e had the pleasure of traveling with him a […]

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Good morning!

I’m in freezing old Ottawa dreaming of warmer destinations and looks like dreams do come true as this morning I woke up to the latest film from my talented friend  Caspar  Diederik. Caspar makes inspiring films and shares them all through his blog StoryTravelers. I’v’e had the pleasure of traveling with him a few times and most certainly look forward to future adventures. This video is from our time in South Africa earlier this year as part of the wildly successful #MeetSouthAfrica campaign.

This was my second time in South Africa and each time I return, I like it more. South Africa is so much more than just safari but don’t get me wrong, the safaris are pretty sweet too. I remember the first time I found out, I was on Little Corn Island in the Caribbean and I nearly exploded with excitement. Going back a second time was a similar feeling and I’ll tell you this much, at some point I’ll most certainly be back. It’s also left me with memories for a lifetime like the world’s tallest bungee swing, a helicopter ride over Cape Town and can’t forget seeing the “Big 5″ on safari.

Cape Town in particular is catching my eye as it seems like a great destination to base oneself for a month or so each year. During the summer it seems ideal but even during its winter if you want to call it that; seems quite bearable to say the least and always beautiful. This film brought back lots of great memories, especially the hot air balloon. I’ll tell you something, I think a hot air balloon ride is something most people should do at some point in their lives and it’s cool for all people regardless of their physical fitness.

The more I travel the more I appreciate videos because they really do tell the story best. Text is great but it’s easy to miss the point or write something somewhat wrong all together; especially when written ages after the fact. Video is truest of truths and captures the moment ever so perfectly. So I hope you enjoy this film and you should subscribe to Caspar on Youtube if you haven’t already; he’s always dropping stellar videos and I’m sure the best is yet to come…

I’d like to once again thank everyone at iambassador and South Africa Tourism for the wonderful experience. In closing, I’ll note that having been to South Africa twice now I’ve still yet to really dive deep into one of the coolest segments if you ask me. People think of culture, food, history, safari, wildlife and natural beauty but what about golf? Some incredibly interesting golf courses are in South Africa and one of these days I’m going to investigate them and naturally, bring you all along for the ride.

That or just live in Cape Town for a while; stay tuned. Oh, I almost forgot. If you’re looking to tune into new and old content from South Africa on social media, simply look up #MeetSouthAfrica hashtag on all popular social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ etc… The campaign may have come to an end but the hashtag is still going strong, indeed.

Oh what I’d do to be in South Africa today; Ottawa is reminding me why I left…

Tips hat,

P.S: The bungee swing is still one of the craziest things I’ve ever done…

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Taste of Nightlife at TBEX Athens 2014 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/taste-nightlife-tbex-athens-2014/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/taste-nightlife-tbex-athens-2014/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:43:13 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21919 Greetings, I’m writing this from Ottawa and today I want to share with you a video I made from the first full day of TBEX Athens. I did attend a few sessions at the conference but I’m not including them in the video as this blog isn’t titled “start having a boring life.” The sessions were informative […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from Ottawa and today I want to share with you a video I made from the first full day of TBEX Athens. I did attend a few sessions at the conference but I’m not including them in the video as this blog isn’t titled “start having a boring life.” The sessions were informative and dry as to be expected so this video focuses on the nightlife which is a little more palatable; yes? Athens is a wonderful city which before I returned I wasn’t so into but oh oh how first impressions can often be wrong…

Besides the quick trip to the conference and of course the mandatory Souvlakis to start the day it also features a few cool bars. On this night, Expedia was sponsoring a party at Sky Bar which was quite nice but once the party was over people made a mass exodus and the destination was Drunk Sinatra. As you can imagine from the name it played a lot of music from Frank himself and was built around the whole theme. When myself and friends arrived it was beyond packed so we headed across the street to Einsteins.

I really liked Einsteins and it was a rather small and intimate place which later became the main event. The walls had all sorts of shelves filled with memorabilia that you’d assume could have been used by the likes of Albert Einstein or another gent who rolled like he did. The beer was cold, the music was good and it was filled with interesting people who share a real passion for travel; what more could one need? Of all the places we went, Einsteins Bar in Athens was my favorite without a doubt.

Just remember that conferences are a lot like school.  You may meet people in the classroom but most become your good friends based on the experiences you share outside of school, yes? If you enjoyed this video, be sure to head over to my Youtube Channel for more.

Tips hat,

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TBEX 2014 Opening Party in Athens, Greece http://stophavingaboringlife.com/tbex-2014-opening-party-athens-greece/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/tbex-2014-opening-party-athens-greece/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:58:51 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21912 Greetings, Today I’m writing this from back in Canada and it’s freezing. To say I’m glad I left for good over 5.x years ago would be an understatement but beyond thrilled to be seeing my family again. I’m catching up on sharing videos I’ve published on Youtube over the last weeks but not posted here. Today I’m […]

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Greetings,

Today I’m writing this from back in Canada and it’s freezing. To say I’m glad I left for good over 5.x years ago would be an understatement but beyond thrilled to be seeing my family again. I’m catching up on sharing videos I’ve published on Youtube over the last weeks but not posted here. Today I’m sharing a video about the TBEX opening party in Athens, Greece.

This was the official opening party to the Travel Blogger Exchange 2014 which was happening in Athens. It was an alright time but definitely lacking compared to the previous TBEX events I’ve attended in Keystone, Toronto and Dublin. I’d go on but I made a video so why bother? I will note that the dentist did a great job and I’d return anytime. That said, it’s ~1/4 the price in Albania…

It was also cool to reconnect with Larissa; some of you may remember that she used to write here. Most of the conferences tend to have the same speakers at most events covering roughly the same topics. As a result, I mainly go to connect with other like-minded individuals and find I get more at the social events than I do the conference itself. Those candid conversations can be a wealth of information and new friendships.

If you enjoy this video, be sure to visit my Youtube channel for countless other ones. If you like them, subscribe so you’ll never miss a video and stay tuned for more here on the blog as I’ve got plenty that will be shared in the coming days / weeks.

Tips hat,

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Dome Suite and Spa at Hotel Cafe Royal http://stophavingaboringlife.com/dome-suite-spa-hotel-cafe-royal/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/dome-suite-spa-hotel-cafe-royal/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21883 Good morning! I’m writing this in a particularly cheery mood as my most pleasant stay at Hotel Cafe Royal comes to a close. The fine people at Booking.com asked me to find the most epic accommodation I could think of in Great Britain and naturally, I found myself here in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. […]

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Good morning!

I’m writing this in a particularly cheery mood as my most pleasant stay at Hotel Cafe Royal comes to a close. The fine people at Booking.com asked me to find the most epic accommodation I could think of in Great Britain and naturally, I found myself here in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. To say this hotel has made me a happy man would be anunderstatement and the location simply can’t be beat. Today, let’s discuss the Dome Suite aka “Party Suite” and Akasha Luxury Spa here at Hotel Cafe Royal…

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Yesterday I met up with some friends and afterwards strolled the streets in a pleasant mood back to the hotel. There I met up with a gregarious gent who was kind enough to give me a tour of the exclusive Dome Suite here at Hotel Cafe Royal. This is one of their top suites and called the dome because well, the whole room is a massive circle. The room itself is lovely but it’s all about that rooftop patio over top of Piccadilly Circus…

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The patio offers incredible views of Piccadilly Circus as well as Regent Street and on a clear day you can see Big Ben and The Shard; indeed. It also has an incredible bathroom with a massive green marble bathtub; the only green marble in the hotel with everything else being white marble. It’s typically rented out for parties or the like and I’m sure if those walls could talk there would be some most surreal stories told. What’s interesting is that it also has a party lights function and guests can bring their own DJ equipment etc… It’s built for a party and the perfect place for one.

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After visiting the suite I reconnected with some other friends before retiring to my room for what I thought would be an early night. This morning I finally made my way to the Akasha Luxury Spa on the lower level of the hotel. I strolled into the spa at about 7am and as I assumed, had the entire place to myself; what a cool experience. I’m a gent who loves to socialize but nothing beats an empty golf course or spa in my opinion.

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There is a great pool with lots of private enclaves to lounge in surrounding it. That’s not the best part in my opinion though, it’s the steam room; oh what a steam room. I like a steam room that is so hot it literally burns your face as you enter and after five minutes or so you’re ready for a cold shower to do it all over again. This could be the best steam room I’ve ever been in and it also had lots of seating as well as this wide bed like bench to really get comfortable; which I did.

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I’d better wrap this up as I’m traveling today and have lots to do.

Huge thanks to Booking.com for hosting this campaign and iambassador for managing it. That said, rest assured all opinions are mine as they always have been and always will be. The goal of the campaign was for me to find the most epic accommodation possible in which to experience London and I believe I succeeded.

Tips hat,

P.S: Pardon the photo quality from the spa; only so much an iphone can do in low light.

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Natural History Museum and Exploring Soho http://stophavingaboringlife.com/natural-history-museum-london-soho/ http://stophavingaboringlife.com/natural-history-museum-london-soho/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:49:39 +0000 http://stophavingaboringlife.com/?p=21858 Greetings, I’m writing this from my room at the Hotel Cafe Royal and I couldn’t be happier with this epic accommodation. The fine people at Booking.com wanted me to find the most amazing hotel I could dream of in London and I certainly found it. Every comfort imaginable is here and everywhere I want to […]

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my room at the Hotel Cafe Royal and I couldn’t be happier with this epic accommodation. The fine people at Booking.com wanted me to find the most amazing hotel I could dream of in London and I certainly found it. Every comfort imaginable is here and everywhere I want to go is a short walk, taxi or tube ride away. It was a bit dark and grey yesterday so I went to the Natural History Museum, enjoyed a sushi lunch at Matsuri and finally met up with an old friend for a night on the town.

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The Natural History Museum is a wonderful place easily accessed from the South Kensington tube station and literally fun for all ages. I loved the dinosaur exhibits and couldn’t get over the stunning architecture of the building itself; it’s beautiful on the inside and out. There are a few other museums in the vicinity so should you find yourself in London on a rainy day this could be a great way to pass some time.

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I’ve been hunting for some good sushi and the concierge suggested I visit Sake No Hana so off I went. He offered to call ahead but I said not to worry and should have let him as it wasn’t open yet. Turns out Matsuri nearby was opening in half an hour so I just waited; apparently not a lot of people are searching for top shelf sushi at 11am on a weekday!? There I met some lovely people who work in The City and we swapped stories and smiles over sushi and sashimi.

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I’d like to say I came home to do some work which was the plan but the beds here are incredibly comfortable and a quick lay down turned into a full on afternoon nap. I was supposed to meet a lady I hadn’t seen in over three years since hanging out in Thailand but sadly overslept. I woke up and sprung to action and before you know it, we were strolling the streets of Soho popping our heads into pubs, clubs and lounges.

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We really covered some ground and when you’re in central London it’s incredible how close everything is. We explored Covent Garden, I enjoyed watching people skate at Somerset House, lounged around at Leicester Square and finally found the path back to Piccadilly Circus with a crucial stop for some Chinese along the way. To say I’m learning more about London and loving every last minute of it would be an understatement; what a city!

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Supposedly Hotel Cafe Royal has an incredible spa and I’m going to investigate that in a few minutes after I publish this and sample some more sushi for lunch. This is my last full day in London and plan on visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral as I’m a big fan of architecture; I find it inspiring. It’s also close to some pubs and seems to be the perfect place to catch up with an old friend I met in Portugal years ago.

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I’m definitely not going to be ready to leave London or this hotel when the time comes.

Huge thanks to Booking.com for hosting this campaign and at iambassador for managing it. That said, rest assured all opinions are mine as they always have been and always will be. The goal of the campaign was for me to find the most epic accommodation possible in which to experience London and I believe I succeeded.

Tips hat,

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