Thursday, 10 May 2012

Six months in America and you learn;


So a whole six months have passed since I landed at Detroit's airport and started a brand spanking new chapter of the Yorkshire lass in the states. I'm not sure about you, but the time has gone so fast. Nevertheless I have loved every second. Yes there have been occasions when I've missed things about the UK, or I've hated the stares you get when you open your mouth and people hear you have an English accent, but life in America is good. So we're six months in and three weeks away from my residency interview. Hopefully here's to another six months and longer.

I thought it would be fitting to compile a quick list of things I'd learnt and experienced, noting links if I've blogged about them. I hope you're loved reading about my move and life over here as much I have writing about them. So here goes;

♥ It always amuses me in a cinema during films the audience will cheer, clap and boo at the screen. The clapping at the end as the credits roll always amuses the English girl in me.
♥  With moving overseas you realise who you're friends really are. YOU guys helped me see that.
Twinkies aren't as nice as people rave about.
♥ Rumbling around on Saturday mornings at estate sales is such a fun thing to do!
♥ I've never come across Newcastle Brown Ale to be as readily available to drink in bars as it is in the USA, which is a shame. The British should embrace the Newcastle Brown far, far more!
♥ America is heaven for vintage powder compact collecting - they are everywhere - although not in estate sales. Or at least not yet.
♥ I've fallen in love with Chicago.
♥ BBC America pretty much sucks - everything is either Gordan Ramsey or Star Trek.
♥ Taking home your leftovers from a restaurant is more then a neat idea, as are free refills on soft drinks.

♥ I really want to visit Canada its so hard when it is literally over the river and I can't visit.
♥  Finding the British section in the stores makes a shopping trip worthwhile.
♥ Some people no matter how hard you try, will never be happy for you.
Detroit gets written off far more then it should.
♥ I will never understand American politics, especially Romney led politics.
♥ Martin Bashir [yes that former BBC and ITV presenter] MSNBC show is the best, British take on American news.
Americans love their crafts, the craft stores are huge and people love to talk about it which inspires me no end.
♥ People who drive in Michigan are INSANE. Getting tail gated or honked at because you're driving at speed and often being undertaken in the turn right lane. Yes NUTTERS!
♥ Canadian geese are taking over. 
♥ Tornado watches are the norm when the weather starts getting warm.

 
And most of all - we did more then good making our long distance relationship work.

57 comments:

  1. This is such an interesting post! Haha, great to hear what you think of living over there.
    Kind of gutted Twinkies aren't as good as they are hyped up to be! Damn!
    Hope you get a further 6 months living there :) xxx

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    1. Yeah the twinkies are really sweet and sickly!

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  2. Aw I love this post. My boyfriend is American & when we went to visit them in California I literally jumped out my skin when they started clapping at the TV! X x

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    1. Its so odd isn't it, even crazier when you're in the cinema and its full of clapping!

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  3. sixth months has gone so fast! i find clapping at the end of films strange too! x

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    1. Surprising how fast time goes when you stop to reflect!

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  4. I loved reading this post, it's so interesting to hear about life in America from an English girl!

    Love, Elizabeth xX

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. What a fab read! I'm so happy for the pair of you and that picture is one of my favourites! x

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    1. Its one of my favourite photos of us too.

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  6. Six months already! how the time flies. So glad to hear you are loving it and presumably you have not lost your Yorkshire accent? (Which is how it should be)

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    1. Yeap still all set up with my Yorkshire accent - that wont be going anywhere soon!

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  7. I'm glad your liking it here...This is a great list.

    Here's to many more months! :) :)

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  8. I agree that Twinkies aren't as nice as I'd been lead to believe - I bought one (that was ridiculously overpriced) from an international sweet shop in London and I couldn't even manage to finish it, I found it far too sickly and not very nice tasting.

    I'd love to go to an estate sale, I wish they had them in the UK (or maybe they do and I'm just missing out...?)

    Izzy
    http://ataleofnewcities.blogspot.com

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    1. I can't say I ever noticed estate sales in the UK, they are literately everywhere here at the weekend. I love going them - great to have a nosy and get some cheap things.

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  9. Ahh really happy for you. I think my LDR is thankfully ending this summer, and your relationship always did inspire me ^^

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    1. Aw thank you for that, i'm glad to know me writing about what we went through and how we did it helped other people in a similar situation. I bet you can't wait for it to end, will be such a relief!

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  10. I'm glad to hear you're liking it so far lady!

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    1. Thank you, really settling in that's for sure!

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  11. great post, can't believe it's been six months already! x

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    1. I know, want time to slow down a little!

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  12. your blog is one of my FAV'S!!!! so glad i started following it, i love your posts on America :) and im so happy for you :) xoxo

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  13. Great list - nodding along reading several!!

    Hope you enjoy Canada when you can finally come!! :) x

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    1. It'll give Joe an excuse to find more Transformers over there mind you haha. Nah I can't wait to visit, Ontario looks gorgeous!

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  14. I love reading about your adventures as an American girl living in Australia I can definitely relate :)

    Clapping in movies is a strange phenomenon - I don't remember it happening super frequently when I lived in the US, but it happened some - and it happens in Melbourne too

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    1. It seems to be occurring more and more, people were even clapping and cheering in the adverts before the film. It's very odd!

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  15. 6 months!!! I can't believe how fast it has gone. You can definitely see a change in your blog and in you! You are so much happier now you're together. xx

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    1. Aw thank you hun, i do feel very settled being here and feel better in myself. Still working on my confidence [esp with regards to my head thinking I won't be able to stay and/or get a decent job] but it's a work in progress. I feel better about my blog too - I just blog whatever and see how it turns out haha!

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  16. Really really happy for you. :] America looks amazing. xx

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    1. It really is a fun place to be!

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  17. haha, i dislike twinkies too. my fiance is actually from Michigan and moved up here to Canada three years ago. you should really visit when you get the chance! I also will never understand american politics... they act like such children it's a little ridiculous!

    xo dana
    wonder forest

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    1. My point totally - they spend too much time arguing and nothing ends up getting anywhere! Canada is certainly on the cards to visit as soon as we get the go ahead!

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  18. awwww that last photo of you both is adorable :) Hurray for making long-distance relationships work! It's feat in itself :) And UGH. I HATE Twinkies. I have no idea why people love them so much. Gross.

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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    1. They aren't the nicest cake are they?!

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  19. What an interesting post! I love hearing your perspective. I just got back from Chicago and it is an awesome city.

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    1. How I love Chicago - totally want to move and make roots there. Seems such a happening cultured city.

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  20. Just stubbled upon your blog, I'm actually from Detroit and I agree Twinkies are not what they are hyped up to be. And if you think the Michigan drivers are bad don't plan on visiting Georgia...down here they are terrible lol.

    Amour Shay

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    1. It must be a national thing with the crazy driving!

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  21. I really loved reading this post! It's very interesting. :)

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  22. Really enjoyed reading this, so glad that there are so many positives in your experience. Commendable that you've made such a huge move without some of the support many have and you have made the best of difficulties like residency etc.

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    1. Aw thank you. I've always told myself that I would regret not trying this so regardless of all the negativity from everyone else I knew I had to do this for me, and for us. I'm glad I did.

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  23. Twinkies really aren't as nice as everyone says! Love this post :) x

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    1. I was really disappointed by the Twinkies - way too sickly.

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  24. Such an adorable picture at the end =D

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    1. Thank you - one of our favourites!

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  25. You two are the cutest and I really admire your sheer determination to make yout LDR work and evolve into something truly wonderful. Never knew Americans were so crafty- it must be great having so many craft shops! xxx

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    1. Thank you Alice - it means a lot. It makes me so happy to know how far we've come, and probably against most people's odds about long distance! With regards to the crafts it does seem that Americans embrace it more - and it's certainly a lot cheaper to buy the materials and make things. Which always helps! Then again a lot of the crafting magazines are shipped in from the UK!

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  26. haha I loved this, it's interesting to see what your perspective has been of the states.
    Agreed with the Twinkies, they're nasty aren't they?
    I too am a huge fan of estate sales. They don't have many around where I live but when they do have them I'm sure to go.
    That's interesting that you've noticed the US to be more crafty than the UK. I'd think the opposite so that surprises me!

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    1. The cake part of a Twinkie doesn't even taste like cake. It's so odd!!

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  27. Great to know you are getting along well :) Your blog really helped me understand the visa process (though I'm not going through London)

    The whole clapping-at-films freaked me out too... but more like, who are you clapping for? The projectionist? I don't get it lol.

    But! I am so glad Newcastle Brown isn't widely available in the UK (sorry Newcastlers!) don't know why but it tends to make people violently drunk (Stella does the same) that's usually why it isn't sold at a lot of establishments!

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    1. Ah see i've never ever heard that about Newcastle Brown, I know it about Stella but not that!

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  28. whoa. 6 months.
    it's great to see you look back on this time so positively. But why oh why can't you go to Canada? x

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    1. I'm not allowed to leave the USA yet because I won't be able to get back in!!

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  29. That's so great that it's worked out so well for you! Thanks for sharing your experiences, it's so interesting to read about your time in America so far. Definitely following you from now on!

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