The Ultimate Iowa Gift Guide

One thing I’ve noticed about living in Iowa is just how PROUD people are to come from this State!  So I have trawled through Amazon punching in lots of different keywords to bring you my favourite finds for the Ultimate Iowa Gift Guide!  If you’re looking for a last minute Iowa themed gift, I think I’ve got you covered 🙂

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Tips For Driving in USA As An Overseas Visitor

I was a delivery driver in the UK.  I spent hours every week stuck in traffic, driving a manual (stick shift) vehicle, driving along country lanes, navigating roundabouts…I thought I had seen and experienced a lot when it comes to driving and was fairly confident in my abilities.  That was until I moved to America.  Here are some tips for driving in America and some of the differences between driving in America and the UK!

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Long Distance: Ways To Keep In Contact

As an Expat, obviously one of the main ways that I communicate with the people back home is via the internet…Facebook, FaceTime, Email.  But then some of my family members, such as Grandparents, aren’t as up to date with technology!  So for me, I’m a huge fan of sending physical mail!

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The Differences Between UK and USA Schools

When I moved to the USA, I got a job in an elementary school, partly because I wanted the time off (don’t get me started on the lack of the USA ‘vacation days’) and because I had already had previous experience from working in a special education school in the UK, it seemed like the perfect option!  I was recently contacted by a fellow expat who wanted to know what some of the differences are between education in the 2 countries!

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Expat Life: Thoughts After 1 Year

11th August marks the day that I moved from the UK to America 1 year ago.  What a rollercoaster ride it has been.  Just call me a yoyo because I swear I have been up and down more times than a little…and I’m still partly living out of a suitcase…!  Here’s a look at my first year living the expat life.

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5 British Foods I Miss Living in the USA

Visits home to the UK basically involve me just pigging out on all the food that I miss now that I live in the States.  This is also a question I get asked a lot as an expat!  Some things I CAN get in the USA, such as Marmite, scones (in the form of packet mix sent over in the mail) and Cadburys chocolate.  However there are some things I can’t get (or I’m yet to find!).

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5 British Things I Took For Granted Now Miss!

There’s no hiding the fact that us Brits like to have a good moan.  But sometimes you don’t always really realise how good you had it until it’s gone.  This is definitely the case since emigrating to America, I took things in the UK for granted and now I’d do anything to get them back!

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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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