Appreciating Small Town USA Tourism in Sheffield Iowa

Since moving to the USA, I’ve had to rely on visiting small towns to get my travel fix.  I’m 3 and a half hours away from the nearest two large cities (Chicago and Des Moines), which make just trying to get to the airport a chore.  In the UK I was spoilt living 20 minutes from one of London’s airports, I could get from my front door and to a major city IN ANOTHER COUNTRY within 3 and a half hours.  I can’t even drive across a state in that time!  So if I want to get away for a quick weekend break, I’ve had to train myself to view anywhere and everywhere as a tourist destination, no matter how big or how small.

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Route 66 Splendor: An Adult Coloring Book – Review

As a part time traveller, I’m always on the look out for a way to satisfy my love of travel without actually being on the road.  ‘Route 66 Splendor’ is an adult colouring book created by Jo Ann Kargus, an illustrator from St Louis, Missouri (yay Midwest!) and I can tell you now, it’ll provide hours of entertainment!

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Expat Life: USA Cell Phone Plans Are SO Expensive!

In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years!  It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received.  I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company.  Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go!  If only it was that simple!

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Expat Life: Cursed as Soon as I Open my Mouth!

Cursed is a strong word, maybe I shouldn’t say that.  But 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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