Iowa 80: Visiting The World’s Largest Truck Stop!

Ever since I was small, I’ve LOVED what us British call ‘Service Stations’.  Basically they are glorified petrol/gas stations but they will have a separate building with a food court, gift shop/’newspaper shop’, nice toilets, maybe a small games arcade etc.  They remind me of the excitement of going on holiday in our caravan.  I recently stopped at Iowa 80, which claims to be the world’s largest truck stop!

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Moving Overseas? 8 Packing Tips You’ll Thank Me For!

When it comes to emigrating overseas, one thing to consider is how do you plan on getting your belongings from A to B.  There are 2 choices.  Do you ship your items or just move with what you can carry?  I was in a position where I was able to keep a lot of my things in storage at my parents house in the UK, so when I moved I maxed out my luggage allowance with the airline I flew with (3 suitcases and 2 cabin bags!).  Here are my 7 packing tips you’ll be thanking me for!  Organisation will definitely make life easier when you arrive in your new country!

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5 Fun Summer Activities at Chestnut Mountain Resort – Galena, IL

Galena, Illinois, is home to Chestnut Mountain.  In the winter months it is a ski resort with 19 runs of different difficulties!  But the Chestnut Mountain adrenaline rush isn’t just confined to winter, nope, during the summer there are a whole range of other activities to keep you entertained while enjoying views of the Mississippi River!

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Expat Update: May 2017

I can’t believe it’s the end of May 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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5 Places to Grab Dessert in Dubuque, IA

I love dessert.  So it’s no surprise that I’ve been hunting down Dubuque’s best dessert spot!  Being a fairly big town, of course Dubuque is full of all the national chain restaurants.  There’s Cold Stone Creamery, Culvers Frozen Custard, Red Robin and Buffalo Wild Wings that all serve dessert, but this list will highlight the small businesses that deserve some recognition!  Did you know that for every $100 spent at a small business, $68 will stay in the community, whereas $100 spent in a chain restaurant only $43 will go back to the community?! (Source: L May Eatery)

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Fly Through the Air with Sky Tours Zip Lining in Dubuque, Iowa!

Everyone needs a little kick of adrenaline at some point and what better way than to take a zip lining tour that combines learning about Dubuque’s history!  Sky Tours is located in Union Park, along John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque, Iowa.  The course consists of 9 zip lines and takes around 2hr 30 to complete!

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A Stay at the Hotel Julien – Dubuque, IA

The Hotel Julien is a luxury 133 room hotel, located right in the heart of Downtown Dubuque, Iowa.    It’s a building that is rich in history and was originally built in an area so it would be the first building that people would see when they crossed the bridge from Illinois into Iowa!

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Must Sees! Dubuque, IA

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is one of Iowa’s top tourist attractions!  It is one of only a handful of establishments that is accredited by BOTH the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums!  The museum is split into 2 main sections, the National River Center and the Mississippi River Center (which focuses on the history and wildlife found along the Mississippi) and today I share my favourite must see areas of the museum!

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