In the UK, girls are open with their parents about sex and dating. Girlfriend number three, who came from a conservative family, would often talk about the importance of transparency and honesty, but would lie to her parents about where she was staying, afraid of what they might think of her.
She shattered any preconceived notion I had about both actors and American women.
She was the antithesis of the ballerina; insisting she pave her own journey in life, irrespective of who she was with.
British girls, meanwhile, do not spend the same amount of money on themselves as American girls, nor do they expect you to spend a lot on them.
In Britain, we are self-deprecating to the point where we convince ourselves that we're utterly useless in life.
As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in store.