Hotel Review: Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside, Wisconsin

During my recent trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin I spent 2 nights at the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside.  As the name suggests, it is located in the heart of Downtown alongside the harbour and offers great views of the waterfront!  (Plus…they have free cookies…!!)

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Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

I was AMAZED to find out that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is completely free to visit!  It’s not unusual for city attractions to have a free day every now and then but Lincoln Park Zoo does it one better by being free 365 days a year!

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My Favourite Finds at the Dubuque Farmers Market – Iowa

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market first opened in 1858 and is the oldest in Iowa (after all, Dubuque is #WhereIowaStarted)!  The ‘Summer’ Market is open every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October between 7am – 12pm.  Currently the Market is located mainly on Iowa Street and spreads out down 11th, 12th and 13th Street.  Since it began, it has always been in or around the Dubuque City Hall!

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Touring the Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville, WI

Coming from the UK, touring old mansion houses is something I’ve done plenty of.  You may know the drill, standing behind a rope, trying to peer through a doorway with 20 other people all standing on tip toes trying to look over your shoulders.  However, tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville, Wisconsin are COMPLETELY different, it lets you experience the house and how life would have been living there.

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A Guide: Where to Eat & Drink in Downtown Kenosha, WI

When visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to eat!  There are restaurants and cafes to suit all budgets including some fun and unique options!  Here is my guide to just a few of the possibilities!  Where would YOU go?

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Hiking The ‘Devil’s Staircase’ Segment of the Ice Age Trail in Janesville, WI

The Wisconsin Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile hiking trail stretching from the Minnesota border, all the way to Lake Michigan.  Think of it as Wisconsin’s version of the Appalachian Trail!  Over 12,000 years ago glacial ice cut through Wisconsin shaping the landscape, the trail passes some of the most scenic parts of this terrain.  On my recent visit to Janesville, I hiked a very small section of the trail called the Devil’s Staircase Segment!

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Made in Iowa: Betty Jane Homemade Candies

In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do.  Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa!  Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938.  They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!

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Life in the States as an Immigrant

I hold my hands up, I’m an immigrant.  I’m living in America on an immigrant visa.  I know especially in the blogging community, the word ‘Expat’ is thrown around a lot and I admit this is what I tend to refer to myself as, but in fact, I am an immigrant.  But can you really blame me for not really using this term at the moment?  Just look at the news, it has so much bad press and I debated as to whether or not I should pipe up and say my view.  But as an immigrant, and especially one that blogs about the visa process, I thought surely I should show what it’s like through my eyes?

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