I moved from England to America 10 years ago. These are the things I'll never get used to.

I'll never bring myself to say "awesome"

It's a backwards world.
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Ten years ago this month, I cashed in my Virgin Atlantic air miles for a one-way ticket from London to Los Angeles. Born and raised in England, I was leaving my home country behind for a new life in Southern California, a place I'd fallen in love with after several visits. My husband — who'd made the trip ahead of me to get things set up — has dual citizenship, which cleared the way for me to move here, too. I got my green card and then my citizenship. In the decade since that foggy autumn day, I've found many, many reasons to love the City of Angels — and, by extension, the U.S.A.

For starters, I love the people: I've met some amazing individuals who I now consider close friends. The scenery — catching a glimpse of the majestic mountains on my daily commute through the San Fernando Valley never gets old. The weather (okay, this is more of a love-hate relationship — see number 7 below). The arms-open, you-can-do-this-even-though-we-know-you've-never-done-this-before attitude. The fact that Americans embrace all Brits, no questions asked. I can get away with things here that I wouldn't back in the U.K., just because of my accent (doesn't the F-word sound quaint when uttered with an English twang?) Would that all immigrants were embraced this way.

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