Distinctively Dubuque: Welcoming Newcomers to Iowa With Open Arms

I literally can’t say enough positive words about Distinctively Dubuque!  As a new expat in America, discovering this course couldn’t have come at a better time!  It is a completely FREE programme run by Greater Dubuque Development and the Northeast Iowa Community College and is aimed at people who have been living in the Dubuque district for 5 years or less.

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10 Road Trip Tips from an Ex Delivery Driver

Now here’s something I may not have mentioned on my blog before.  I am a girl, I’m 5ft4 inches tall AND I hold a UK class 2 truck license.  Think the size of a bin lorry (garbage truck), fire engine, a coach with no passengers, anything that’s rigid, up to 4 axels.  I may not have taken up truck driving, but I was a delivery driver for 3 years.  I was on the road, 6 days a week, averaging around 10 hours a day during the week.  I picked up things that made my life on the road easier and now I’m going to share some of my best road trip tips with you!

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Run The Year – 2,017 Miles in 2017

You may have noticed that I’m slightly obsessed with my Fitbit Flex.  Now more than ever because I signed up for Run The Year, a just for fun fitness challenge with the aim of walking/running/hiking 2,017 miles in 2017!  To put this into perspective, to complete this alone, it would mean doing 5.5miles (13,000 steps) EVERYDAY for the whole year!  Don’t worry, you can also sign up with a buddy and complete the challenge as part of a team!

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8 Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa!

Who’s ready for the summer?!  There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa.  In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer!  Are there any others you’d add to the list?

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48 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

When it comes to travel, I think nothing of jumping on the first flight of the day, visiting a country, seeing some of the sights, have dinner somewhere, stay the night and then take the last flight back home on the following day.  Sometimes when you don’t get a lot of days off to travel you have to learn to maximise the little amount of time you have!  In today’s “48 Hours in…” guide I share my tried and tested itinerary on how to spend 2 Days in Lisbon, Portugal.  Including cool things to see and do, where to eat and where I stayed!

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Taste of the World – Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Dubuque, Iowa

Taste of the World is an annual free event that takes place in Dubuque, Iowa.  It is hosted by the Multicultural Family Center and celebrates Dubuque’s cultural diversity.  It was so refreshing to attend an event that brought so many different nationalities together under one roof.  Everyone was smiling and chatting and having a great time!

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What to Include in the i864EZ Affidavit of Support (AOS) Package

The LONGEST wait during the CR1 USA visa process is the gap between sending off the i130 evidence pack and then waiting to receive the NVC case number.  My wait time was just over 5 months.  If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to know what’s coming up next so you can be prepared and send the next load of evidence off ASAP!  Here’s a rough guide on what you will need to make up the i864EZ AOS pack.

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10 Instagrammable Places in Galena, Illinois!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of Instagram, despite being a lover of photography.  But now, I LOVE the filters, especially the ones that really make the colours stand out!  My Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a vivid colour mode (which I constantly shoot in) but I love the way Instagram can push the colours that little bit further!  Today I share 10 Instagrammable places in the town of Galena, Illinois!

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