If your curiosity isn’t piqued about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. yet, stop, do yourself a favor, and go watch the trailer. Or read our review. It’s good, and better yet, it’s fun. Guy Ritchie’s action-packed reboot of the 1964 T.V. series of the same name is chock full of spies, guns, Soviets, mini-shift dresses, and intrigue. Just what everyone needs in their life, right?
The world may have certainly changed since the 60’s, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to get that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. feel in your life. Below are some ideas:
First, you’re going to want to make sure you have the proper know-how to live your life like Napoleon Solo. This where the MI6 Academy comes in. With serious classes taught by professionals, you’ll learn threat elimination, stunt driving, survival skills, and “more.” (Hopefully by “more,” they mean mixology and wine-pairing.)
Located in Washington, D.C., the International Spy Museum is “the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage.” With exhibits ranging from “The School for Spies” to “The Secret History of History,” you’ll learn everything you need to know about your predecessors in the field of espionage.
If you’re living the #espionagelife, you’ll probably want to keep a low profile in all things (maybe the hashtag was a bad idea). This is where The Laundry Room comes in: located in what used to be the Commonwealth’s laundry room (hence the name), only guests who have made reservations in advance are allowed in. And good luck finding the number to text to reserve your spot…
Don’t worry about the cost of flying here. International agents always have plenty of disposable income to use should the need arise to hide out in the most remote corner of the world. And this place pretty much is the most remote corner of the world: the old radio outpost is in the Svalbard archipelago, between Norway and the North Pole. Yeah, it’s cold. But spies don’t complain about that kind of stuff.
Napoleon Solo worked directly with the Soviet operative Illya Kuryakin, so learning a bit about the culture of the time through Transnistra’s Soviet Tour will be a good way to familiarize yourself with your own allies. Bonus: you can also take a course in Russian through the agency that leads the tour. Ni Pukha, Ni Pyera! (Confession: the author doesn’t know any Russian at all, and this phrase may not apply to the situation at all.)
The best secret agents know how to relax in style, which is exactly what you’ll be doing when you jet off to Guana Island. One of the British Virgin Islands, Guana asks its visitors to “Imagine the Caribbean Before it Went Public.” Its perfectly secluded location will allow you to warm up and work on your tan after all the cold-warring. That is, until you’re called to your next assignment…