Expat Life: My Box of British ‘Stuff’ From Home

I can’t believe that I’ve now been in America for a month!  To help me settle into my new home and country, my Mum is spoiling me and each month she’ll be sending me a box of some of my favourite British food (read as: sweets/candy…) and a few of the items that I didn’t have space for when I first packed to move here!  I received my first box during the week so I thought I’d share what was included!

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Expat Life: British Words I Just Can’t Shift!

When I emigrated to America, I managed to land myself a job in a school!  But there’s a slight problem…there are words we say in England that aren’t used in America which has resulted in several strange looks from students wondering what on earth I’m talking about!  I’m trying my hardest to say the ‘correct’ word but there’s some that are just stuck and I say the British word out of habit!

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Iowa: A lazy Afternoon Riving Tubing!

Another item finally ticked off the bucket list!  I could never imagine grabbing a rubber swim ring and floating down a British river, I just always associate them with being a bit grubby and full of rats and shopping trolleys (carts)!  But when you’re in America, 1000 miles away from the nearest ocean, beggars can’t be choosers!

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Expat Update: August 2016

Another month gone 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, how the endless visa process is going and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!  This month has been EXHAUSTING!!!

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Expat Life: Passing an American Driving Test

I’m not going to lie, in the first week of driving in the States, I reversed into a tree while backing into a car parking space.  My car already had a giant dent in the bumper when we bought it so other than my self esteem, there wasn’t really much damage.  Anyone that has passed a car test in Europe will know what an awful experience it is.  We have tests that last for over 1hr3o (including a warm up lesson before it) which include parallel parking, reverse parking, reversing round corners, 3 point turns, emergency stops, roundabouts, traffic, clutches, biting points, gear changes, the lot.  It’s also CRAZY expensive!  So here’s my experience of an Expat getting a driving license in America!

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Expat Life: The American Love Affair With the Social Security Number

The Social Security Number (SSN).  Just like the British National Insurance Number right?  WRONG!  In the UK, our National Insurance Number is literally used on an employment sign up/contract and then it’s never to be seen again.  Just a number to help with taxes.  In the USA it’s very different, everywhere LOVES the Social Security Number!  Not only is it a tax number but it also acts as a background check!

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Iowa: Tips for Visiting Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park is located in East Iowa and the awesome thing about it is that it’s completely free to visit!  The park consists of various walking trails through a woodland area (complete with the dreaded deer!), some follow the path through large caves and others lead to the entrances of caves that require a bit of crawling!  There are 16 altogether, around 50% are ‘walk in caves’.  Here are my tips for visiting!

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15 Crazy Differences Living in Iowa/USA

I’ve arrived in Iowa!  As a Brit now living in the States I’m having to get used to the ‘American way of life’.  I’ve noticed so many crazy differences so thought I’d share some!  There’s a few that may take me a while to get used to but there are others that definitely make life a lot easier!

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