A wonderful Farmer's Market.
Every Saturday from 9am to 12 Noon at 220 S. Gilbert Street is a wonderful Farmers Market in the heart of downtown. Not only do they have the standard fresh fruit and vegtables. But they also have about a dozen or so food trucks offering a huge variety of eateries. There is even live music for the event. A wonderful laid back vibe and a great way to meet the locals
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An interesting anomaly...
IC, of course, does not allow smoking inside any public building.
It also does not allow smoking on the pedestrianised 'ped mall'.
And yet...and yet...I came across the Tobacco Bowl. It's actually on a pedestrianised offshoot of the main ped mall. It sells cigarettes, tobacco, pipes, cigars...and it is a coffeeshop, with tables and chairs and wifi and lots of people sitting there happily drinking their coffee and smoking.
I was really quite surprised.
If you want to smoke a cigarette or a pipe, and want to drink a coffee at the same time, and want to be warm (or cool) inside then the Tobacco Bowl is obviously the place to go! :-)
111 S. Dubuque Street...just off the main ped mall.
My apologies for the photo: the light was never right when I passed the place!
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be friendly ...
People in Iowa are friendly and will often strike up a conversation with strangers.
If your car breaks down, someone will stop.
If you get lost, they are happy to give directions.Some will even lead you themselves.
The general population of Iowa speaks English. There are areas where Spanish is found, but younger generations speak English if they have not just moved here. In Waterloo, they have flown in many Bosnians there - have recently taken many factory jobs that the locals did not want at IBP meat factory.
Iowa City is more diverse than most of Iowa when it comes to other nationalities because of its' more liberal ideas and colleges and medical school.
Iowa City is also more accepting of peoples sexual choices and lifestyles than other Iowa towns.
We have friends in town whom are Muslims, Asians, African Americans, Causcausians, Italians, Mexican, Pakistanian, Saudi Arabian, and more.
Iowa City is becoming more diverse. It is also a common practice to adopt children internationally here.
My opinion is the norm here is to have 2 children and many are career orientated.
My favorite city in Iowa is: Iowa City and followed by Des Moines. More to do, more diverse towns.
My least favorite: Waterloo (someone will hate me for that opinion-yikes).Higher crime.
The picture is of the Once previous Capital of Iowa for short time. Now is part of undergraduate buildings classrooms.
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If you are in mid or larger Iowa City this custom does not apply.
If you travel the farm roads or small towns you will notice everyone waves at you. They will consider you rude NOT to wave back.They are saying "hello/Good afternoon."
If you stay for awhile in smaller town, you will soon realize everyone has their signature wave. 2 fingers only off the steering wheel is popular. Whole hand common.
But you will soon develop your own signature wave. Even found my husband (from downtown Denver) soon fitting into this smalltown custom of saying "hello".
Mom and I stopped at Scott's apartment last week. Mom wanted to see where Scott lived.
A University of Iowa student living the apartment life.
It's better than the dorm.
Memories for all parties.