If you’re an American moving to London the first thing you’ll notice is…there’s a lot of us. Take away the double decker buses and it can sometimes feel like you’re right back in the states depending on where you go (cue Superbowl season and American karaoke bars). Although you can’t fit everyone into these stereotypes, here are the 5 most common Americans I’ve met in my 3 years “across the pond”….
THE FAKE BRIT
They’ve somehow formed a perfect British accent before even getting through customs. They tell you their great-great second uncle’s cousin is from Liverpool and that qualifies them for citizenship. Everytime you go out they order fish and chips because they’re “cultured” and remind you constantly of their love for the Beatles. Though amusing these are probably one the most annoying types of Americans I meet here, Second to only….
THE INSANELY PATRIOTIC
They will waste no time taking the opportunity to tell foreigners how much better their country is (while simultaneously sipping on their fifth European beer). Any language or cultural difference is met with a “we don’t get this back in the states”. Late night Fish and Chips is the closest they’ve gotten to “experiencing the culture”.
THE STUDY ABROADERS
I.e the living definition of here for a good time not a long time. Taken from a couple visits to my friends from the US who took part in the exchange program I can tell you first hand, these guys go HARD. Since they’re only here for a couple months they tend to make the most of it through Euro-trips and aesthetic Instagram posts #Takemeback.
THE EURO OBSESSED
If you’re an American girl reading this I think you can agree we’ve all been there. You step off the plane and the first British accent you hear suddenly sounds like every Hugh Grant movie ever. The Hollywood image of British and European guys leaves you with a false reality of what guys are like here and suddenly every French dude you meet is your next husband (“he just gets me!!”).
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
You move here to start a new life for yourself and you do just that. You travel and meet people you know you never would have back home. You become culturally aware of things, topics, and stereotypes you never even knew existed. You become grateful and proud to be American while recognizing our flaws as a country. You spend three years being an immigrant and International citizen, and it’s terrifying, and amazing that you’ve made it all these years in a brand new country all by yourself.
(And you totally get British points for the rest of your life)
So whatever American you are living in London, just remember we are experiencing one of the best cities in the world. Live it to the fullest.