My Favourite American Restaurant…& Not a Hamburger in Sight!

What food do you think of when you think of America?  Burgers?  Grilled/fried chicken? Pizza?  Well I’ve discovered a restaurant without a single burger on the menu!  On my first visit to Iowa back in 2014, my other half took me to HuHot Mongolian Grill and it’s definitely a firm favourite of ours now I’m living here permanently!

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Crazy Differences Living in Iowa/USA PART 2!

I had such a good response from my 15 Crazy Differences Living in Iowa/USA post that I thought I’d write a part 2!  I’ve now been living in Iowa for 2 months and I still find new crazy little differences every day!  Life as an expat is certainly never dull, I’m constantly kept on my toes!  Here are 19 more crazy differences living in Iowa/USA!

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When a Child Emigrates – The Effect on the Family Left Behind

Emigrating is a selfish decision.  Yep I’m allowed to say it, I’m the one who emigrated after all.  I made my decision knowing that leaving would upset a lot of people and it made me feel like a horrible, awful person.  So I done a Q&A with my Mum, to find out the true effect on the family that’s left behind.  Hopefully this will be a useful insight for other parents/’grown up’ children who are in the same situation!

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It’s Official, my USA Green Card has Arrived!

As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held.  It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside.  I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside.  It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa.  Hello Green Card!

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Expat Update: September 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, life as a Brit in the States and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!

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Journey to the Top: Tips for Visiting the Gateway Arch, St Louis

Back in 2011 when I drove the length of Route 66 with my family, we were gutted that by the time we reached St Louis (Missouri), there were no available tickets left on sale for that day to go to the top of the Gateway Arch.  It’s exactly what it says on the tin, a giant 630ft silver archway that is the ‘Gateway to the West’ for those crossing the Mississippi River.  When I returned a couple of weekends back, I had my fingers crossed that the same wouldn’t happen again!  Luck was on my side and I was finally able to experience it.

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Guide Book for Completing the USA Marriage & Fiancé Visa

I’m going to share a secret with you.  I purchased a book that became my LIFESAVER when filling out my USA Marriage visa.  It was literally my guide, I referred to it each time I had a form to fill out and it obviously worked as all of my forms were accepted first time and I never had any ‘corrections’ to fill in and return.

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Missouri: 5 Things to Eat at a Cardinals Baseball Game

One of the items on my USA bucket list was to visit a Major League baseball game.  I remember playing a game on the computers at school where you were a food vendor at a baseball game and you had to throw packets of peanuts at the customers that were waving at you…there was a huge part of me that wanted to see peanut packets flying round the stadium (of course thanks to health and safety, this doesn’t actually happen in real life)!  I knew food was going to be expensive but we couldn’t help but pig out on our recent trip to watch the Cardinals play at the Busch Stadium in St Louis.  Here are some of the best places to eat before and during the game!

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