Hello, everyone! My name is Dan Oliver and I have decided to create this blog for the purpose of sharing my experience as an UK citizen that’s trying to blend in the American society and culture. As a travel assistant, I have developed my communication and integration skills over the years, but all of you who are going through the same relocation adventure as I am, know that this is not enough.
I am now working in a travel agency based in Denver, Colorado, which is a city with mixed population and a commercial connection point. My job continues to provide me with numerous encounters and phone conversations, and I can say that makes me even more eager to widen my knowledge and experience.
When I first arrived in the US, my first reaction was a sort of disbelief and susceptibility towards the openness and the laid-back attitude of pure strangers all around me. I wasn’t sure how to react to the friendliness and I probably came out as this weird, stiff, British guy that was nothing like Ricky Gervais. But I’m confident that now I’ve redressed, and manage to keep a far lighthearted attitude.
Another big aspect that I had to redress was the way I looked at nature. Back in England, I only went to the countryside for the occasional family visits or a quiet weekend in a cottage. But Americans have a strong outdoorsy drive. Its an entire culture of trekking, hiking, camping, fishing, you name it. It’s a true challenge for me to keep up with my new friends on these trips, when I was only used to the exercise at the gym and maybe running to catch the tube. Sports culture is another thing I have to get my head wrapped around. Aside from soccer, I rarely watched or cared about other sports, but here everyone has their favorite football team, basketball team, baseball team, and so on. Not that I feel compelled to pick up every American hobby and interest, but these seem to be real conversation starters and even social exclusion motifs.
Anyway, as I continue to expand my view on what it’s like to live in America, I will be posting on this blog and I truly wish you would respond and engage with me if you’re sharing the same experiences or if you know someone who does. If not, and you are on the other side of the barricade, I would just as much want to hear from you, the American under observation.
See you soon,