The Differences Between UK and USA Schools

When I moved to the USA, I got a job in an elementary school, partly because I wanted the time off (don’t get me started on the lack of the USA ‘vacation days’) and because I had already had previous experience from working in a special education school in the UK, it seemed like the perfect option!  I was recently contacted by a fellow expat who wanted to know what some of the differences are between education in the 2 countries!

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Mineral Point, Wisconsin – The Most Cornish Town In The USA

Mineral Point is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin thanks to the lead mining industry. It also has a strong Cornish heritage!  Cornwall is a county in the UK (and a place I have visited 6 times, it holds a special place in my heart!).  In the early 1800’s when the mines in Southwest England started to close down, the Cornish miners emigrated to the ‘New World’ in search of work.  Some miners settled in Mineral Point.  During the 25th Annual Cornish Festival, I decided to dig deep and find some of the British connections!

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Expat Update: September 2017

I can’t believe it’s the end of September already!  Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to this month, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, life as a Brit in the States and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!

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Discovering Street Art in Downtown Dubuque, Iowa

I’m a sucker when it comes to street art, I wrote a previous post on some of the street art locations in Camden, London!  In the American Midwest, Dubuque Iowa has EXPLODED with colour over the past couple of months!  There are several pieces scattered across Downtown Dubuque, but the majority are in a 4 block area between Locust St, Main St and 1st St to 4th St.  Here’s a sample of some of the pieces you can expect to see!

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A Tour of Europe Through my Ancestry DNA Results!

Since I became an ‘immigrant’, I was intrigued to find out if any of my ancestors had emigrated/come from anywhere other than Great Britain…has travel always been in my blood…literally!!  Ancestry DNA recently had a sale so it seemed like the perfect time to find out!

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Hotel Review: Sunborn Yacht Hotel London

Looking for somewhere unique to stay in London?  Well I think I can give you a push in the right direction!  How does a luxury yacht sound?!  The Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London is docked permanently in the Royal Docks, right next to the Excel Exhibition Centre and even offers views of the O2 Arena and the London Skyline!

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Hotel Review: Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside, Wisconsin

During my recent trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin I spent 2 nights at the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside.  As the name suggests, it is located in the heart of Downtown alongside the harbour and offers great views of the waterfront!  (Plus…they have free cookies…!!)

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Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

I was AMAZED to find out that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is completely free to visit!  It’s not unusual for city attractions to have a free day every now and then but Lincoln Park Zoo does it one better by being free 365 days a year!

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