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!
Welcome to America! What city are you in? My friend Hokey says to tell you hi also.
Tell him thanks!
I am in Austin, Texas, it's looking good so far.
Been there many times. Austin is a very cool city!
I don't think I can get a job in the IRS with my visa status
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.
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!
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!
"The water tastes funny"
Oh man, you didn't drink the water did you?
...I mean...um, nevermind, nevermind...Welcome!
"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
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'
Well, to be fair, does every hotel in the UK have soy milk on hand?
You would probably come closer to finding soy milk in Austin than anywhere else in Texas.
They have actual cows in Texas and no one knows how to milk the soybeans.
Don't pay any attention to those oil-pumping thingies, they're just there for looks.
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.
welcome to America! i was born in Houston. here's a cowboy hat to go with those boots.
if you and your lovely bride ever wanna see Arizona, hit me up!
Welcome to America, then..
(The airport people aren't the only ones who have turned sour, so get ready for a lot more like they are. ) Then again, there's a lot of friendliness too.
I'm guessing you may be writing a Hub about your impressions?
Sounds like a grand adventure so far. (Buy a water-filtering pitcher).
Haha we have received one of those as an early wedding present, going to have to get it unpacked!
I use one of those and they are fantastic!
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.
Welcome to the U.S. Just to warn you: not all cities are as friendly as Austin.
I have heard that life would have been different had I moved to Houston!
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.
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?)
As a man who is a good 6'4 I can say there is a lot wrong with the midget sized bathtubs
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.
now, first on the agenda...
there you go!
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!
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!
Welcome Thisisoli. You'll love Austin and Texas. Woderful place with wonderful people.
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!!
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?
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.
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
Welcome to America and my home state. You'll love Austin, but it will be NOTHING like home.
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!
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.
Welcome, Oli! By the way, not all Americans talk as funny as them Texans!!!
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...
welcome oli...hope the economic and political problems don't get you down. whatever you do....(whispers)don't go hmo(medical care)
Welcome to the US of A, Oli!! come see the beautiful state of georgia!
Welcome Oli and Pa. is nice too! my Husband says it is a lot like Germany.
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!
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.
We live just about an hour to an hour and a half north of you. We're practically neighbors in Texas terms.
Good luck Oli! That is some life changing stuff you have going on, and it sounds fun!!
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!
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!
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?
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 fiancée 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!
congrats on finally getting over here oli!! I hope all is well. Take care and try to have fun
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 , come on over to Detroit.
I'll bet when oli says "rubber baby buggy bumpers" he sounds sophisticated and regal.
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I get the Argument Clinic stuck in my head sometimes, spending time in the forums
Ive got to get going, pretend I bonked you on the head...catch ya' later!!
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)
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!
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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