Here we are, coming into the 8th week of lockdown and I thought I’d share an update of what life is like in Iowa, USA during this time. The last time I did a post was very close to the start of it all. Obviously I’m an expat, a Brit living in America and it was all about how it felt being cut off from my home. I can confirm that the crying has stopped. Well at the moment it has. For a while I was crying most days. But I’ve been lucky, my flight route is one of a handful of long haul flights that have survived the worldwide cutbacks. Knowing that it IS there still, gives me comfort. If it gets taken away all of a sudden, I guess the crying will start back up. This post is looking more at what day to day life is like, rather than the expat travel side of things.
Never did I think I’d be writing a post like this on my website! Oh how times have changed! There’s been a lot of debate about do face masks actually work. It seems that the answer is no, they don’t stop YOU from getting anything. BUT if you were to have symptoms/be asymptomatic then it’d potentially help stop those around you from getting infected. However, this post isn’t about the ins and outs of if they work. It’s about how to make a face mask from a bandana.
As someone that originates from the UK, when it comes to USA tourism, we are only really ‘shown’ places like Orlando/Disney, New York, Vegas, The Grand Canyon, LA…the Midwest is relatively unknown so to speak. So when I moved to Iowa (20 minutes from the WI border), I was pleasantly surprised by Wisconsin as it was somewhere that had never really been on my radar before. In this post I share with you some of my favourite Wisconsin attractions that should be on your Wisconsin bucket list! Wisconsin is pretty well known for its love affair with cheese (and cheese curds) but as someone that hates the stuff, unfortunately you won’t find any cheese related things in this round up!
Food shopping is a little bit of a chore. Recently in one of the Facebook groups I belong to, a member asked if others thought they’d be able to survive going food shopping less. For example, if we could go grocery shopping once every 2 weeks, instead of every week. Especially in the current climate, it would lessen the time we spend around other people. I only go food shopping every 2 and a half weeks and have done for the last 4 years. To me it’s no different!
Bored and looking for something to do? Maybe you’re stuck inside, running out of ideas for during school breaks etc. I have created some FREE printable Iowa Activity Sheets, that are perfect for kids! There are 3 pages altogether with a variety of activities such as: colouring pictures, word searches, crosswords and other word puzzles!
There are many reasons why we might get stuck at home, bad weather, snow days, can’t travel, that thing that appeared at the start of 2020… Here’s a list of some of the things I do and hopefully they’ll give you some ideas too!
Now before you continue to read this post, I want to put it out there and say that it’s not another one that goes on about how to deal with the C-word, if we should still be travelling while it’s going on, offering advice or any of that. It’s purely to share my experience of being an expat living overseas while the C-word temporarily takes over the world. More so the mental health aspect of things and yes, how I did end up having an emotional breakdown over it.