Expat Life: Why I’ve Decided To Return To The UK

Yep, I’ve decided that after almost 4 years in America I’m going to return/repatriate back to the UK.  It’s not a decision I’ve made lightly, in fact it was a harder decision than the one I first made when I decided to start the US visa process and I’ve agonised over it for a long time.  But I need to put my happiness and mental health first and I believe going home will increase those massively.

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Life In Lockdown – Iowa USA

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.

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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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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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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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The Expat Tag

Now I’m living in America, I read a lot of expat blogs!  I find it really interesting reading other people’s experiences and it’s great connecting with other people that are going through a similar thing to what I am (it really is a very weird feeling being an expat!).  I was recently tagged in a post by Sandra at Going American, a fellow European now living in Boston, USA and thought it’d be fun to answer her questions about my expat life experience!

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