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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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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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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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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Made in Iowa: Betty Jane Homemade Candies

In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do.  Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa!  Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938.  They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!

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Dubuque on Ice Brewfest 2017

On the 3rd Saturday of February, The Mystique Casino and Resort hosts the Dubuque on Ice Brewfest.  This year there were around 66 vendors, from various, mainly Midwestern, breweries and distilleries, all offering multiple drinks to be sampled!  On entrance everyone was given a Brewfest pint glass, a drawstring backpack, a guide book and a cloth wristband and then let loose on the Mystique Ice Rink (covered of course!! Could you imagine mixing an ice floor and alcohol?!?! Although that could possibly be hilarious…) for 3 hours, 4 for those that purchased VIP tickets!

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8 Cool Things to do at the Chicago Auto Show (2017)

The Chicago Auto Show is currently on at the McCormick Place in Chicago, it’s the largest auto show in the nation!  The website says that the average visitor spends around 4 hours at the show, however I spent 7 and walked nearly 5 miles around it!  Along with being able to get up close and personal with almost every single car on display, there are so many other cool things to do!  Check out some of my favourite parts of the day!

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How to Survive a Midwest Winter

My goodness.  I’d never been so cold in my life until I moved to Iowa.  It’s not unusual for the temperature to be -20c/-4f on a daily basis, it can even get lower than this!  I honestly thought temperatures that low only existed in the poles…not in a country where the summers are 30c/86f!  Here are my (not so serious) Midwest winter survival tips!

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