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It just took me a while to realize that this might have nothing to do with etiquette at all, but rather, it might be because American women are more anxious than British women.
They worry more about their appearance, political correctness and how others perceive them.
They have come from all different backgrounds, worked in vastly different careers, lived in both New York and Los Angeles; and if there's one thing I can tell you, it's that the stereotype of British girls being more well-mannered is actually false.
American girls—in my experience—carry themselves elegantly; sometimes so much so that it feels rehearsed.
There is more emphasis on "keeping up appearances," especially on the West Coast where I have been living for the past six months.
Similarly, American girls are much more lavish in their approach to life; and this includes the restaurants and hotels they expect to be taken to.
I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.
British girls, meanwhile, do not spend the same amount of money on themselves as American girls, nor do they expect you to spend a lot on them.
She was the antithesis of the ballerina; insisting she pave her own journey in life, irrespective of who she was with.
Sadly, when we were suddenly thrust into a long distance relationship, the reality set in that it was putting too much stress on our careers.
As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in store.
After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.
She had a vision of the man she was going to marry: tall, dark, handsome, and a millionaire.