Expat Update: June 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…preparing myself for when I am!

Visa Update

Days since the first visa correspondence = 283

HUGE PROGRESS!

This month I had my medical appointment in London and got given the all clear!  I almost didn’t make the appointment!  You can read in full about what was included in the visa medical HERE.  Next week I’ll be back up in London again to have my interview at the American Embassy!  So close!

14/6/16 – Medical at Knightsbridge Doctors in London

(See full timeline so far HERE)

Where I’ve Been

England:

  • London
  • Brands Hatch Race Track (twice)
  • Clacton
  • Derby
  • Colchester

June Highs

June started with Gung Ho…a 5k giant obstacle course fun run!  Followed by American Speedfest with my Dad (Euro Nascar and car show).

I met up with a bunch of my friends I haven’t seen for a while and went strawberry picking in Colchester, for the first time since I was a little kid (FYI they taste amazing when they are that fresh)!

It was my parents 30th wedding anniversary!  Yay!  Go them!  I surprised them by making a cake decorated with edible pearls!  I also wrote this blog post about them too 🙂 They are my biggest cheerleaders!

I’m Proud to Call my Parents my ‘Best Friends’

Me and my family went up to Derby to have a Barbecue with my cousins so I could see them before I emigrate and I went to Clacton on the Essex coast with my parents.  I’ve had a bit of a bucket list to do before I leave and I have a soft spot for British Seaside towns!

10 Reasons to Love the Great (but tacky) British Seaside

Stick of Rock

June Lows

Almost missing my medical appointment!  My train got half way to London, there was a fatality further up the line and the train had to turn around and go back to where my journey started!  My mum rescued me, drove me to the edge of the London Underground and I made it with 20 minutes to go.  I was panicking like crazy!  What would we do without parents hey!

Blog Progress

Ok, my numbers are small, but this month I hit 500 followers on Twitter.  I’m not one of these people that add thousands and thousands just for the sake of gaining followers (don’t even get me started on people that follow then unfollow!!!), I love interacting with people and following different people’s journeys.

I’ve had my best month for views and visitors on this site.  So thank you to all the people that have taken the time to read my ramblings!

As of next month, I’ve signed up to a 3 month ‘Bloggers Course’ to hopefully push me in the right direction and teach me new things!  Looking forward to starting it!

Blogs I’ve Contributed to This Month

Sharing some love for other blogs I’ve contributed to!  Go check them out! :)

Me and my Sister completed a Travel Companion Game on Just Chasing Rabbits.  Had so much fun finding out how much we knew about each other, the questions really made us think!

Your European Beer Guide – This FP Planet.  When I travel, I love trying the local beers, so I was really excited to contribute to this post!  It’s all about cool places to have a beer in Europe.  I have been to a couple on here (including my addition of Vytopna Railway Restaurant in Prague of course!), but a few others have caught my eye now!

Vytopna Prague

Songs For The Playlist

DNCE – Cake By The Ocean!  I know it was on the ‘playlist’ a month or so ago but I’m still completely obsessed with it!

Apps I’m Enjoying

Still Fitbit!  The novelty still hasn’t worn off, I think this month there was only one day where I didn’t make it to 10,000 steps!

2016 Reading Challenge

So far I’m on target for my 2 books a month challenge!  You can check out my 2016 category challenge here!

11.22.63 – Stephen King

My Rating: 4/5 – My Mum recommended this book to me after she recently finished watching the TV series of it.  It’s all about time travel and a guy attempting to stop the assassination of JFK.  It’s a huge brick of a book but I couldn’t put it down.  I was expecting there to be more time travel as there was a section of the book where not a lot seemed to be happening but the ending was really good!

Walking The Nile – Levison Wood

My Rating: 4/5 – I recently met Levison Wood at the Destinations Travel Show in London and this was the book version of the TV show he had made of his trip.  I find Africa absolutely fascinating, some of the things he encountered were crazy!  Definitely an eye opening book!

A Gift From Bob – James Bowen

My Rating: 5/5 – How could I not give this book 5 out of 5!  It’s the 4th book I’ve read now by James Bowen, it’s very similar to the others and I read it within the space of 24 hours!  Bob the cat is adorable and with each book you see James getting back on the right track, you can’t help but feel happy for him!

Other Things That Have No Category!

I know I’m English, but I was so pleased for Iceland in the Euros football match against England!  When the final whistle went, you could just see how happy they were and how much the win meant to them!  Wishing them all the best for their next match, they’ve got my backing!

What’s Coming up in July

July could well be my last full month living in the UK and it’s so scary!  As mentioned above, I have my embassy interview next week, I’ll be starting the blogging course, attempting to pack up my life, if the weather gets better there’ll probably be a day trip to London (I really want to go on the tube slide at the Orbit!) and there’s possibly a couple of car shows on the cards.  No over seas trips, the embassy will (hopefully) have my passport for a bit so there’ll be no leaving the country!

Don’t forget to follow me on my Social Media Channels!

FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – PINTEREST

Phew! Have a great July everyone!

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