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Just to let you guys know!

  1. thisisoli profile image74
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    Hey!

    I have finally made it across the Atlantic and now I just getting ready to spend my first day in the big city, which will involve exciting things such as getting the water turned on, and buying furniture.I am liking the look of this city soon though, and I may finally get a picture to replace the one on my profile (which is a few years old now!)

    Things I have noticed about America so far include

    Baseball pitches always seem to come in fours
    The water tastes funny
    The sizes of meals in tapas bars are lightly larger than the european counterparts, I can't confirm if the rumors of all meals being larger is true just yet, but I will let you know when I find out and/or am dying of diabetes and gout.
    The baths are made for midgets, which is funny because my parents got a specially large bath imported from America.
    It gets quite warm
    Everyone in America seems to be friendly apart from the women who work behind desks in Airport I am not sure if this is because the job turns them sour, or the job attracts sour, but the glare I got for asking if my baggage was being transferred on to the next flight, or if I had to go and pick it up and check it in just resolved any possibility of global warming occurring in the near future.

    I will give a more fulsome update when I have a few more things sorted!

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      SwampDonkeyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Welcome to America! big_smile   What city are you in?   My friend Hokey says to tell you hi also.  smile

      1. thisisoli profile image74
        thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Tell him thanks!

        I am in Austin, Texas, it's looking good so far.

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          SwampDonkeyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Been there many times. Austin is a very cool city!  cool

        2. Padrino profile image55
          Padrinoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Watch out for small planes.

          1. thisisoli profile image74
            thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I don't think I can get a job in the IRS with my visa status tongue

            1. Sab Oh profile image54
              Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Are you kidding? You could probably become head of the IRS with no visa and ten years of unpaid taxes. Just say something shockingly inappropriate on tape somewhere and the obama administration will contact you with an offer in no time.

              1. MyWebs profile image82
                MyWebsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Sadly this is the real truth.

              2. starme77 profile image80
                starme77posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Hey, don't blame the IRS - I'm Studying to be licensed by them , they actually are not the bad bad thing people say they are. they acutally do good things,

        3. donotfear profile image88
          donotfearposted 7 years agoin reply to this


          A very busy city. I lived there briefly in 1976. Being Texan born, I'll always consider Texas my home. Welcome! Drive northeast to the Red River to experience humidity beyond belief, buffalo gnats, mosquitoes, water moccasins, and various other critters. Oh!!!  Those hard shelled things you see as road kill, those are armadillos. You'll be seeing lots of those!
          http://comps.fotosearch.com/comp/IDX/IDX077/armadillo-road-tx_~IS729RM-00000122-001.jpg

          1. luvpassion profile image60
            luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            They imigrated from South america.

    2. alexandriaruthk profile image76
      alexandriaruthkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Welcome to America thisisoli, I know you will enjoy it here, TACOS< try Mexican foods and Asian foods, there are Chinese restaurants everywhere -- they are not as big hehe!

    3. Sab Oh profile image54
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "The water tastes funny"

      Oh man, you didn't drink the water did you?

      ...I mean...um, nevermind, nevermind...Welcome!

    4. Sab Oh profile image54
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "Baseball pitches always seem to come in fours"


      Don't call them baseball "pitches" or you will confuse people.

      Also, don't say "flat" "lorry" "fag" or "Bob's your uncle" unless you've got some time on your hands to explain

      1. thisisoli profile image74
        thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I am planning to teach the entire state how to speak Yorkshire, it seems a lot easier than changing my own way of speaking.

        I went to get coffee for me and my fiancee at the hotel this morning, and I asked the woman if they served coffee, she said 'we sure do' I asked if they had soy milk for my fiancee and she said "we sure don't"

        I had to bite my tongue from saying 'Well im sure gonna go back to my room now'

        1. Sab Oh profile image54
          Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Well, to be fair, does every hotel in the UK have soy milk on hand?

        2. Padrino profile image55
          Padrinoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          You would probably come closer to finding soy milk in Austin than anywhere else in Texas.

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image97
            Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            They have actual cows in Texas and no one knows how to milk the soybeans.

            1. luvpassion profile image60
              luvpassionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Don't pay any attention to those oil-pumping thingies, they're just there for looks.


              Welcome
              Teri

            2. rmcrayne profile image96
              rmcrayneposted 7 years agoin reply to this



              big_smile

              Oli we have Whole Foods and Sun Harvest "Health Food Stores" in Texas.  But you don't need to go to them for soy milk.  The HEB grocery chain usually has soy, almond and rice milk.

              Most of the WalMarts have Culligan reverse osmosis water dispensers.  Personally, I have sworn off flouride and avoid it when possible.  Only RO and distillation can remove flouride.

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      welcome to America! smile i was born in Houston. here's a cowboy hat to go with those boots.

      http://i41.tinypic.com/973dcw.jpg

      if you and your lovely bride ever wanna see Arizona, hit me up! wink

  2. Lisa HW profile image79
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to America, then..  smile

    (The airport people aren't the only ones who have turned sour, so get ready for a lot more like they are.  lol )  Then again, there's a lot of friendliness too. 

    I'm guessing you may be writing a Hub about your impressions?

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I might do!

      The next few months might be pretty hectic though!

    2. IntimatEvolution profile image70
      IntimatEvolutionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with Lisa, Welcome to America!

  3. Rochelle Frank profile image97
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

    Sounds like a grand adventure so far. (Buy a water-filtering pitcher).

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Haha we have received one of those as an early wedding present, going to have to get it unpacked!

    2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image95
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I use one of those and they are fantastic!

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      winsletposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, you are right i have some idea about water filter, More and more people are turning to flavored carbonated water due to its amazing refreshing taste and huge health benefits as is has no added sugar, colors, preservatives, sweeteners, fruit concentrate or calories. Some of the many great fruit flavors that can be purchased include black currant, apple, lemon and blueberry and many more.

  4. Betty Reid profile image60
    Betty Reidposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to the U.S.  Just to warn you: not all cities are as friendly as Austin.

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

      I have heard that life would have been different had I moved to Houston!

    2. rmcrayne profile image96
      rmcrayneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      True!  Even compared to San Antonio, only 2 hours away!  I was in Austin last weekend with my brother.  He remarked how much friendlier everyone in Austin was.

  5. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    Well a Big Texas "How do you do?"...then from one of the friendliest parts of America.

    Welcome to our fair country. There are a lot of good people here...and a lot of "not-so-nice"...as with all countries. Here's to ya' meeting all of the good ones! (I know...What's up with all the dang midget-size bath tubs?)

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      As a man who is a good 6'4 I can say there is a lot wrong with the midget sized bathtubs tongue

      1. tantrum profile image59
        tantrumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        What a piece of a man !!! tongue

        lol

      2. Lisa HW profile image79
        Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I think it may be because a lot of Americans are shower-takers?   (Or else, midgets, of course.  smile  )

  6. rebekahELLE profile image90
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    how exciting for you. welcome to the United States! 
    I hope they treat you well in Austin. 

    it will be fun to read your updates and observations. keep us posted. big_smile

    now, first on the agenda...
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2009/2513414034_efc99d7490.jpg

    1. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm going to get some with spurs!

      1. Sab Oh profile image54
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Have you shot at anything yet?

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      Crazdwriterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol My dad has a pair like that...they are ostrich boots! lol

  7. rebekahELLE profile image90
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    big_smile there you go!

  8. Daniel Carter profile image80
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    Glad you arrived safely. The transitions can be a little rough at first, but it sounds like once you get past the airport, you'll taste real life in Texas and enjoy it for the most part. As for the baths, switch to a jacuzzi for two. I have one of those in my home that I only get to go to once in a while, but I LOVE it! Of course, that may not be an immediate option for you, but nevertheless, I enjoy mine when  I get the chance!

    Hope settling in is enjoyable!

  9. Ladybird33 profile image45
    Ladybird33posted 7 years ago

    Welcome, American is a great, great place to be!!! Yes, airports, staffing obviously is hard, because they are all sour regardless of which airport you go to...not to be negative.  But at least they have a job. 
    Anyway, you are in a beautiful city, enjoy it and my best to you!

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 7 years ago

    Welcome Thisisoli. You'll love Austin and Texas. Woderful place with wonderful people.

  11. Jane@CM profile image59
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to the US!  I'm sure your transition will be smooth smile

  12. TheGlassSpider profile image74
    TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to America, oli; I hope you have a great time and that people take good care of you.

    Interesting...I thought the showers and baths in the UK were made for midgets; how strange.

    Yes-all the serving sizes are probably bigger.

    I'm with Rochelle, get yourself a water filter/pitcher.

    A good grocery store (or Whole Foods) will have soy milk for your fiance.

    Good luck teaching the Texans to speak Yorkshire!! smile

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    Oil you made it!!
    Happy to have you here my friend!!

  14. Lynda Gary profile image57
    Lynda Garyposted 7 years ago

    Welcome!

    The thing about the US is that EVERY city is different.  Our diversity is what defines us. 

    Small bathtubs?  Hmmm.  Must be a peculiarity of your particular hotel. 

    Bad water?  Yeah, that happens in the bigger cities. Where I live, the water is as clean, safe, and fresh as anywhere on the planet.  No filter needed.

    Yeah: Airport clerks are like that EVERYWHERE. LOL

    They carry guns in Texas, don't they?  That would make me uncomfortable.

    When's the wedding?

  15. MyWebs profile image82
    MyWebsposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to America Oli. I'm sure you will like Austin much better than Houston. I have lived in Houston twice and it has too way too much crime. Especially after hurricane Katrina when many of the worst people from New Orleans ended up relocated to Houston.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    And Oli Welcome to America! You'll get use to the water but like someone said yes get a water filter it'll help you get use to the water smile

  17. figment profile image74
    figmentposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to America and my home state.  You'll love Austin, but it will be NOTHING like home.

  18. ThoughtfulSpot profile image71
    ThoughtfulSpotposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to the U.S., Oli.  Glad you made it safely.  I'm guessing you've got public water where you are... often tastes funny to me.  I've always lived out in the country and had private, or "well" water.  Some people hate it, but I love it.

    Anyway, good luck gettin' all them Texans to switch over to your vernacular! roll lol

  19. gracenotes profile image91
    gracenotesposted 7 years ago

    Oli,
    Welcome to my great state!  I am hoping you'll write a hub or two about your impressions of America.

    The economic trends in Austin were just featured in a recent issue of Time magazine.  I don't see how you could have picked any better city.

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    wordscribe41posted 7 years ago

    Welcome, Oli!  By the way, not all Americans talk as funny as them Texans!!!  lol   

    On a serious note, you couldn't have come to a friendlier place. You'll feel at home in no time.  You must be exhausted...

    1. figment profile image74
      figmentposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LOL big_smile

  21. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to America Oli! smile

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    Lecieposted 7 years ago

    welcome oli...hope the economic and political problems don't get you down. whatever you do....(whispers)don't go hmo(medical care) wink

  23. habee profile image96
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to the US of A, Oli!! come see the beautiful state of georgia!

  24. Ohma profile image75
    Ohmaposted 7 years ago

    Welcome Oli and Pa. is nice too! my Husband says it is a lot like Germany.

  25. Rafini profile image89
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    Welcome Oli!  While it's true Texans talk funny, so do New Yorkers and many other southerners - but at least you wont have to deal with snow!

    1. Sab Oh profile image54
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Everyone talks funny except Bostonians

  26. KCC Big Country profile image90
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    Welcome to Texas, Oli!  My husband came over from England on the QM2 exactly 3 years ago tomorrow.  We married in May 2007.  We are on the last bit of the permanent status paperwork to remove the 2 yr conditional part.  smile

    We live just about an hour to an hour and a half north of you.  We're practically neighbors in Texas terms. smile

  27. _cheryl_ profile image82
    _cheryl_posted 7 years ago

    Welcom Oli!...just wait, it'll get much warmer soon! smile

  28. Mieka profile image69
    Miekaposted 7 years ago

    Good luck Oli! That is some life changing stuff you have going on, and it sounds fun!!

  29. Faybe Bay profile image74
    Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago

    Welcome Oli, and have a great time here in America.

  30. theherbivorehippi profile image81
    theherbivorehippiposted 7 years ago

    Hey!!!  Welcome!! I used to live in Texas!  Watch out for the super-sized bugs...lol...especially the spiders. haha. Texas is beautiful though..you will love it!

  31. thisisoli profile image74
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    Haha not seen any spiders yet, thank god.

    A big thank you to everyone though, I have been incredibly busy sorting out our new apartment, and have even managed to survive Ikea on Good Friday.

    KCC, I hope you are excited, they really do not make this process easy in the least!

    1. KCC Big Country profile image90
      KCC Big Countryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Oli, I couldn't agree more! After spending over 4 years on this process and thousands of dollars, I now understand why there are so many "illegals".  To do it legally, is time-consuming and expensive. 

      We got caught in a price increase on one of our forms.  When I mailed it cost $395, but I accidently sent $397 (long story), and they rejected it, and it took them 2 wks to send it back.  I turned it around the same day with a new check and it missed the date by 1 day.  They made us pay the new fee which was now $1098.   We tried fighting it for about 6 months.  It did nothing but delay everything.  *sigh*

      You can apply for your social security card now. You won't be able to get your Texas Driver's license until you have at least 6 months left on your VISA.  Well, as you know, the K-1 visa only has 3 months left on it once you get here.  So, until you file for that change of status after getting married, you can't even try to get your license.  You can drive a year here on your UK license.  Speaking of which, have you tried to drive here yet?  Took my hubby awhile to remember to stay on the right side of the road. I can't even imagine trying to drive in the UK. I'd have a wreck the first day.

      Best of luck to you and the bride to be.  When is the wedding?

      1. thisisoli profile image74
        thisisoliposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Haha I have not tried to drive yet, and now that I have made it in to the country I will still be looking at a $1000+ fee for filing for a change of status, they really dno't make this cheap!

        We had so much stress going through the fiancĂ©e visa process that we have decided to get some kind of legal help in finishing off the rest of this process.  Although again, that is still dependant on the cost.

        Righ tnow I am looking forward to a few days of relaxation, could be another week till I see htat though, the missus has a million and one jobs for me to do!

        1. Sab Oh profile image54
          Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It can be a time-consuming, $-consuming, patience-consuming process for sure! That is one of the biggest reasons what illegals do is so wrong.

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    Justine76posted 7 years ago

    congrats on finally getting over here oli!! I hope all is well. Take care and try to have fun wink

  33. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 7 years ago

    oli, welcome to the US.

    I hope you get adjusted well.
    I'm imagining your accent, in the state of Texas...
    phew. That's a lot of funny sounding English. Do me a favor - if you decide to switch to an American accent, don't pick Texan.

    Massachusetts people have a cool accent. Chicago is good (ChiCAHgo) Maine too. ayuh!
    Sorry Texans, I'm just kidding. A little. I don't like New Jersey either.

    If you want to learn the perfect American accent, and the only one that's right lol, come on over to Detroit.


    tongue
    lol

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      Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      HAHAHA!!!!

      I like English accents.

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Me too.
        I'll bet when oli says "rubber baby buggy bumpers" he sounds sophisticated and regal.

        http://www.youtube.com/user/montypython … QFKtI6gn9Y

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          Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          your my hero!!

          1. wyanjen profile image80
            wyanjenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            big_smile

            I get the Argument Clinic stuck in my head sometimes, spending time in the forums

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              Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              no you dont.

              1. wyanjen profile image80
                wyanjenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                yes I do

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                  Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  lol Ive got to get going, pretend I bonked you on the head...catch ya' later!!

                  1. wyanjen profile image80
                    wyanjenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    lol

                    Take it easy Justine
                    Happy Easter if you celebrate
                    smile

  34. Susana S profile image96
    Susana Sposted 7 years ago

    Hey great news Oli! Here's to a great life for you and your finacee!

    (P.S. when you have a minute check out Sunforges new 60 Day challenge)

  35. ChristinaScibona profile image79
    ChristinaScibonaposted 7 years ago

    What a trip that had to have been!  I am glad you made it okay...you sure did pick a hot state to live in!  I visited Texas-San Antonio a long time ago and I all I can remember is the BIG bugs and the HEAT!  Have fun and best of luck!

  36. KCC Big Country profile image90
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    We got a letter extending his conditional status and to expect a letter regarding his biometrics appointment.  So, I'm hoping they only granted the extension in case THEY went past his Jun 5th deadline before it expires.  Otherwise, he should just be granted his non-conditional permanent residency since we've more than fulfulled the 2 yr requirement.  We'll actually be married 3 years in May. 

    I'll be interested in hearing all the things you find fascinating here in Texas.

 
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