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.
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.
This does not happen in American culture, where women rarely make fun of themselves.
Which brings me to American girlfriend number five, who was paralyzed by her hoards of self-help books.
She had a vision of the man she was going to marry: tall, dark, handsome, and a millionaire.
After all, as she put it, "dancers don't make a lot of money." I wasn't the guy that could spoon feed her, so it ended.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.After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.If a bumbling buffoon like Hugh Grant could steal Julia Roberts' heart in It was the summer of 2006 when I first landed in New York as a 19-year-old, laden with warnings about American girls: they're high maintenance, my friends told me.It was a bit embarrassing when I finally met her, but hey, better be honest than conceal the truth?