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!
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!
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'
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.
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?)
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
To all here who sent their love and support I am very grateful. Some very not nice things were said to me but that doesn't even matter anymore. I have never let anyone chase me away from anywhere before and my brother...