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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USA Point of Entry Procedure for CR1 Visa

So I’ve arrived in the USA!  The whole entry process was pretty painless considering all the paperwork and waiting there had been!  My ‘Point of Entry’ was Chicago Ohare Airport.  I double checked with a worker to ensure I was joining the correct line.  ‘Visas and First Time ESTAS’.  I was travelling with my family, they went down the returning ESTA channel and I ended up being put behind them in the line anyway!  This was helpful as it solved any ‘strange’ security questions, I was told I could just go up to the desk with them.

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My Favourite Way to Capture a Landscape

Flicking back through my photos, there is always one type of picture that catches my eye.  I find that the key to some of my favourite landscape photos is to shoot looking through a frame.  It could be a natural frame, it could be a window or a hole in a ruin, I love the way it adds another dimension to the picture and really brings a certain part of the shot into focus.

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Arcelormittal Orbit: Riding the Longest Tube Slide in the World

4 years ago London was home to the 2012 Olympics.  I watched the stadium being built…and then a big twisted red metal structure alongside it.  What on earth was it?  What was the point of something that was so big and odd looking?  But now I think it’s pure genius.  The ArcelorMittal Orbit was the brain child of Anish Kapoor.  He also created ‘Cloud Gate’ (aka the giant reflective Bean) in Millennium Park in Chicago, USA.  Originally the Orbit was just an observation tower, but 2016 saw the introduction of the world’s longest and tallest tube slide, a collaboration with scientist and artist, Carsten Holler.

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Expat Update: July 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!  *Little Side Note* I’m still not quite an Expat yet…this is the last full month before I emigrate!

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My Local British Bucket List

Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left.  There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us.  We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!

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Time With Grandparents Is Precious, Don’t Waste It

One of the hardest things about emigrating is that I can’t help but feel I’m losing out on the precious time I should be spending with my Grandparents (and Parents).  I’m in my late 20’s and I feel lucky to still have 2 out of 4 living, they were able to see their oldest Grandchild get married, they even witnessed the proposal (even though it did nearly give my Grandad a heart attack!) and I’m proud to have been able to let them have that experience.  They’ve watched me grow up, but have you ever wondered what it was like when they were growing up?  ASK them!  LEARN from them!  It’s amazing and you won’t regret it.

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Photo Essay: Camden Street Art Locations

I first discovered Camden Town, London when I was 15 years old.  To me it was always the place to go for good music, the cool markets, shop fronts with giant objects (such as shoes) exploding from the walls and walking through crowds of punks and goths, to my ‘skater girl’ self, I was in my element!  I never really considered to wander away from the main high street, there was always plenty to hold my attention!  During my most recent trip, my aim was to go on the hunt for street art.  On a busy summer’s Sunday, the side streets were a welcomed respite from the crowds and in this post I share the 3 best street art locations that I stumbled upon!

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