I'm not from around here… and I'm not alone

Posted on October 31, 2008 by yankeebean







I’m not even English.

‘Divided by a common language’, ‘you’re a Yank’, ‘you’re not from around here, are you?’, ‘don’t you mean “bah-zil”, not “bay-zil”‘.  If it’s a cliche and it has to do with being an American living in England, I’ve heard it… a MILLION times…

This is just one of the things that is a part of life when you’re American, female, and living in the North of England… and it’s just one of the many reasons that me and my American-and-living-in-Yorkshire friends wanted to start this blog.

I can’t take credit for the idea, but I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure!  An anonymous, totally honest blog about American women that live in Yorkshire…

It’s late now so there’s no time for anecdotes, but this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship…

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  2. Steve Shawcross August 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Who indeed… people who say that, are clearly idiots ;-) I’m being polite there as well [LOL]. Says more about that person, that it does you lovely Americans– so ignore them :-)

  3. YankeeBean August 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    As time passes, I definitely think it’s usually affectionately said. I have heard people say things like, “Oh, you’re American? I hate Americans…”

    Who says that???

  4. Steve Shawcross July 29, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Well I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your blogs, made be think about things from a different perspective, certainly.

    I hope you realise that when people say things such as: ‘Divided by a common language’, ‘you’re a Yank’, ‘you’re not from around here, are you?’, ‘don’t you mean “bah-zil”, not “bay-zil”‘

    … they are being affectionate? :-) Only in Britain would taking the p_ss be regarded as affection! Paradox or what!

  5. pacificyorkshirebird October 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    OH, and what about ‘Let me guess…. Canadian’. Have you had that one? People guess I am from Canada more often than America. One of my first experiences was when I arrived for my year at University – people would not assume a country but rather ask which North American country I was from. I loved that and took it on board because it is inclusive, open and unassuming. I really appreciated that.

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