Expat Update: October 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!

Expat Update

Days living in the States: 81

Where I’ve Been


  • Iowa: Epworth, Farley, Peosta, Dubuque, Davenport, Bettendorf, St Donatus, Guttenberg

October Highs

Our mini trip to Davenport!  We visited an amazing ice cream shop called “Whitey’s”, me and the other half opted to try a Boston…a milkshake of your choice, topped with ice cream and then a topping!  I had cherry milkshake, with vanilla ice cream, topped with pineapple chunks.  AMAZING.  Highly recommended.

Another stop on that trip was the Figge Art Museum.  There was an awesome exhibition called the People of Maquoketa.  The landscape painting of the area was so clever.

Maquoketa Art

The Mines of Spain Recreational Area in Dubuque, IA.  There’ll be a post coming shortly about this nature area, but for now, here’s a teaser photo!

Julien Dubuque Memorial Tower

I also went out on the Mississippi River, that was a really fun experience!  Again, there’ll be a blog post in the next few weeks about it!

October Lows

I was sitting on the toilet with my pants (underwear) round my ankles and next thing I know there’s a giant mouse running round my feet.  Now the bathroom in my house is tiny…think cupboard under the stairs tiny, that little mouse was pin balling around my feet and I was SCREAMING my head off.  We also have a weird Japanese biting ladybird infestation.  The wildlife needs to stay OUTSIDE.

Blog Progress

I signed up to expatsblog.com and I can’t WAIT to start exploring some of the blogs that are on there.  It’s a really great resource.  All the blogs are sorted by the country and city in which they are based.  Unfortunately there are no other Iowa expat bloggers, the nearest is Chicago!

This month I part collaborated with The Thought Card on the post Our Best Guess at 16 British Phrases and Slang Words.  It’s quite fun to read some of the guesses!  As an expat in the States I now notice just how many weird things that the Brits actually say! Post: Expat Life: British Words I Just Can’t Shift!

British Item of the Month

Harry Potter Reversible Breakaway Keychain Lanyard

Not long before I moved to America, I was given some Warner Bros Studio Tour lanyards and being a huge Harry Potter fan, I decided that they were going to make the pile of things that made it to America…yet I had no idea what exactly I was going to use it for.  BUT THEN, I discovered how some American’s have their car/door keys on a lanyard and I haven’t looked back since!  It makes life so much easier as it’s so much easier to find my keys in my bag now and if I go for a walk I can just hang my keys around my neck.  I even have my driving license hooked on it too!  Plus, Harry Potter is British.  (Please note: mine is different from the one listed above).

American Item of the Month

Café Escapes Chai Latte, K-Cup Portion Count for Keurig Brewers, 24-Count

Kettles are rare in America.  Hotels have coffee makers, my work staff room has a coffee maker, everywhere has coffee makers.  I always used to just chuck a bunch of tea bags in my work bag, it was a cheap way of having a hot drink at work but now it’s all pods!  I recently tried Keurig K-Cup Chai Latte.  It’s strangely addictive!  I find all the supermarkets are quite expensive.  Amazon seems to be the way forward to buy them a little cheaper!  They have all different flavours available for coffees, teas and hot chocolates!

Book of the Month

So far I’m on target for my 2 books a month challenge!  You can check out my 2016 category challenge here!  I’ve been trying to make it my aim to make more time for reading, it’s still not as much as what I used to read but I’m getting better!

Books read = TWO

Girls Who Travel – Nicole Trilivas

Backpacks and Bra Straps – Savannah Grace

Book of the Month:

Girls Who Travel – Nicole Trilivas

My rating: 5/5!  As someone who met their other half while travelling, there were parts of this story I could relate to (although my relationship wasn’t quite like the one in the story!).  There are several twists and turns and I found myself saying things like “ooooooo” and “*shocked* no way!!” out loud.  I couldn’t put it down!  Thank you to Katie from Stories My Suitcase Could Tell for the recommendation!  (Another British/Scottish Expat now living in America!)

Other Things That Have No Category!

I’m pipeline planning my trip back home…via Belize!  I’m hoping to book the flights next month!  As I’m now 3hr 30 away from the nearest International airport, I’m going to try out putting what would be all my little overseas trips into one big one so I only have to get to and from the airport once!  I’m hopefully going to Belize for a week in June, followed by 4 weeks back home, which will include a week away with my family…most probably in Austria!  2 new countries for me!  It’s giving me something to work towards and look forward too!

What’s Coming up in November

The American holiday Thanksgiving is at the end of November, I have a week off work and I’m sure there’ll be some sort of celebration going on!  The US election is the first week of November so it’s going to be interesting to see how that turns out! Post (my expat view): “Who Are You Voting For in The 2016 US Election”

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Phew! Have a great November everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Expat Update: October 2016

  1. Wow you certainly have been busy! I’m not sure I would have survived the mouse incident and loved how you had to confirm the US/UK reference to pants. I think November sets to be an interesting one for you stateside, not just with the election but how wonderful to get into the true start of “holiday season” with thanks giving and Christmas build up. I will definitely be checking out that book also 🙂


    1. Thanks for the comment! Yes I screamed my head off!!! My husband thought there was someone in the house trying to murder me!! That’s true, I need to go and buy a Christmas tree! I’ve already started my Christmas shopping, I need to send things home before the last international posting day!

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