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.

I've always loved this approach: under-sell, over deliver.

This does not happen in American culture, where women rarely make fun of themselves.

They weren't all obsessed with fame and fortune, were they?

Was American culture really as shallow as my friends had warned? She was a down-to-earth Midwesterner with ambitions in New York City theater.

Sadly, when we were suddenly thrust into a long distance relationship, the reality set in that it was putting too much stress on our careers.

So with a heavy heart, it was the end of a fairytale love affair.

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.

After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.

I remember one girl I went out with from the UK whose mother knew all of her intimate details.

It was a bit embarrassing when I finally met her, but hey, better be honest than conceal the truth?

Since then, I've spent six years dating American women in the search for "the one".