What It Means To Be A Lawful Permanent Resident In The USA

I recently attended a local ‘Immigration Simulation’ event where everyone was given a ‘character’ with a back story as to why they are trying to get into America.  They then had to live out the frustrations of the USA immigration process, and believe me it was just as frustrating as my experience.  We were told that the process can take 16 YEARS to go through the whole process and become a citizen.

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Between England & Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife Book!

Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book!  “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life.  For a whole year I kept a journal.  I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!

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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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Differences Between The American School System Compared To The English

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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Things To Include In A British Care Package!

Being a Brit in the USA, there’s nothing I enjoy more than receiving a little box of English treats from home!  This post was originally about the Little Care Package British Subscription Box, however since writing this post, I have discovered that the Little Care Package is no more, which is a real shame as it was a really good product!  I loved the range of products so I decided to keep the post live as a way to get ideas of what to include in a British care package

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A Helpful Gift Guide for a Friend or Family Member Living Overseas

When I was living in England I found myself decorating my room with all my overseas travels.  Now I’m living in America, I can’t help but feel comfort in having little bits of ‘home’ surrounding me!  I also love receiving care packages from home.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve got used to coming up with gift ideas that are small/lightweight which are easy to fly with or send in the mail. Here are some ideas of gifts to send abroad with a focus on gifts for British expats!

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Questions I’m Asked The Most As A Brit Living In The US!

In small town America, I stick out like a sore thumb.  As soon as I open my mouth and speak I get bombarded with questions.  At first it was a bit novel but after over 2 months of answering the same questions on a weekly basis, I’m getting tired of having to tell the same story over and over and over and over again!

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