Food shopping is a little bit of a chore. Recently in one of the Facebook groups I belong to, a member asked if others thought they’d be able to survive going food shopping less. For… More
Now before you continue to read this post, I want to put it out there and say that it’s not another one that goes on about how to deal with the C-word, if we should still be travelling while it’s going on, offering advice or any of that. It’s purely to share my experience of being an expat living overseas while the C-word temporarily takes over the world. More so the mental health aspect of things and yes, how I did end up having an emotional breakdown over it.
Thanks to having to remove my Green Card conditions, I had a last minute 3hr trip to Des Moines. I used it as the perfect excuse to visit some of the British places to eat in Ames and Des Moines to get a little bit of England in Iowa! Ames and Des Moines are approximately 35 minutes (30 miles) apart.
2020 will see the first ever MBL (Major League Baseball) game played in Iowa. Iowa doesn’t HAVE any MBL teams, BUT it does have the Field of Dreams, which is a pretty famous baseball diamond, made famous from the 1989 movie staring Kevin Costner. The movie site is located in Dyersville, 30 minutes away from Dubuque. ‘If you build it, they’ll come’, here are some top things to do in Dyersville.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being nasty, this is a light hearted post about some of the observations I’ve had as an expat over things that are said and done that make me cringe because they mean something different in the UK! We’ve all heard of cultural faux pas, they are bound to happen regardless of how well you know a culture, there’ll always be little things that mean something else in a different country/language. I know myself of a few words that I’ve said while in the States that mean nothing bad in British English but in the US, I’ve been met with gasps. It happens! We’re all humans after all!
So there’s an attraction in the Wisconsin Dells that I’m OBSESSED with, I think it’s brilliant. Wizard Quest is a little like an escape room but it’s described as an interactive fantasy themed scavenger hunt. It’s a completely unique attraction, the first of its kind in the world, and even visiting as adults without kids, we had so much fun and have been back a second time!
I can’t tell you the amount of blog posts I’ve read about ‘what to wear in London to look like a local’, or ‘how to not dress like a tourist in London’, and I’m just like no no no no no. Now little bit of a back story about me for those that don’t know me. I was born and lived on the outskirts of London for 26 years. I’d go into London to meet friends, see bands, go shopping…there were times when I’d only go there with a wallet and phone in my pocket and I very rarely did anything ‘touristy’ (until recently when I really started to appreciate London).
As much as I love any sort of hotel stay (yep, even Motel 6, I’m not fussy), it does add an extra element of excitement if the accommodation has a unique aspect to it! I share some of my favourite unique accommodation finds in Iowa, USA!