Welcome to my Blog ''Arrived in America'' It's all about my travels to America, My LDR for 19months with my husband, My immigration story and my New life in America. Im also looking for people to share their experiences with me and others who read. If you would like to add something to this blog, advice, pictures, or just your story please e-mail me!
I hope you enjoy it =)

Friday, 18 March 2011

Guns and Worlds easiest Driving Test

I will start of with Driving in America..I can not believe i paid 20$ for my driving permit! In Germany and England you pay an arm and a leg to learn how to drive. In Germany it costs around 2000euros and you have to take classes, do a written test and then do a certain amount of driving with an instructor before you are even allowed to take your driving test. They even make sure you do a certain amount of driving at night and in different weather conditions if possible. I took my test for my driving permit in Clarksville in Nov and i didnt even study much. I read the booklet and went to take the test as i figured most of it is just common sence. I was really nervous but everyone told me it would be easy as and that i had nothing to worry about. I got to the DMV pulled a ticket waited a while and then had to go into the testing room. There must have been 10 computers up against the wall so close to each other that i could have probably seen what the person next to me was answering if someone was sat there. All i had to do was answer 30 questions, and it even gave you options a,b,c or d!!!! WOW. After that i had my picture taken, i got handed my permit and was free to sit in a car and drive! Seriously i was gobsmacked lol. I had tried driving once or twice before but never on busy roads or anything. Just on the back roads on base where no one goes. It's is beyond me why this is even allowed but it makes life a whole lot easier for me that it is so simple to get a license. Jon had stopped the truck on the way home and told me to drive..I wasn't ready to sit in his big ass chevy truck with cars all over the place but i guess the best way to learn is to be thrown into the deep end. It was fun. I was actually better at driving then i thought. Im going to take my driving test hopefully in April which is only going to cost another 20$ and from everyone i have heard that took their test in Clarksville, you drive around the DMV and park your car and you have it lol. As much as i think it is great that its easy and gives people the opportunity to get their license even when they dont have a lot money it really is bad. People dont know what an INDICATOR is and as soon as there is a bit of snow the whole of Clarksville shuts down. What did i read in the papers...74accidents in 3 hours. I wonder why?
This is the best picture i have of our truck right now but this thing makes me feel small. Im your average 5ft 6. I haven't mastered how to park the thing yet either haha i just cant see anything over the steering wheel. I also still freak out a little when im turning corners when there are cars left and right. It is all good though, i will just need to practise a little more.

Now to a topic that makes my anxiety hit the roof every time i think about it. GUNS! Before i moved to America i was not aware how many people have a gun or 5. Wether it be on them or in there house this freaks me out. I have never lived in a place where this is ok. I remember when Jon said to me he wanted to get a gun for home protection. My answer was "You can get stuffed if you think a gun is coming anywhere near me or my house!!" The thought of having a gun around me scared the hell out of me. When we found the house we wanted to buy everything seemed ok. The house was in a cul-de-sac and the neighbourhood seemed queit. After we had finished the closing out and stuff we were driving down our road when we saw the neighbour who lives 4 doors down. We stopped to ask what it was like in the area. He went on telling us how our neighbour right next door JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL FOR SHOOTING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD!!!! From this day on i didn't feel safe at all (I never felt safe in the old townhouse but it wasn't as bad). The first thing we got installed in our new house was the security system. This super high tech awesome thing...but i still dont feel safe. Jon leaves for work at 0530 and i will not go back to sleep because im scared someone will break into the house and do something to me. Reading the local newspaper with a new story every week about another shooting or body found or break in probably doesnt help either. I have been to many places in America and i know not all places are as bad as Clarksville but no matter where i go in America it just feels different when it comes to feeling safe. I guess for Americans the whole gun thing is normal and may seem like im crazy but when you dont grow up with this kind of lifestyle it is pretty scary. I do try to come to terms with the fact that it is ok but it is very hard to accept it. When i found out Jon was deploying my first thought was, a knife under my pillow a baseball bat next to my bed and a gun. Yes i want a gun. Im scared to have one but i want one and god forbid i ever have to use it. And you know whats crazy...Jon took me to a gun shop to check out some guns and the lady at the store told me if someone breaks in and trys to go for me its better to SHOOT and KILL because you will get away with it as it was self defence but if you SHOOT and WOUND someone you will get charged for attempted murder?? How twisted is that! I got to shoot 2 guns. A pistol and a Revolver.

I couldnt handle either of them..They were just to big and to powerful for my little hands. Im not even sure if a gun will make me feel any safer in the house because im now paranoid someone will find it and use it to shoot me . Dont laugh! lol. Ahh thanks America for my Anxiety.

So there you have my experience with driving in America and the fact that it is perfectly normal to have a gun. I feel stupid for being so scared but i feel like i live in a movie. No guest blogger just yet but a few people have said they would share some experiences of traveling and long distance relationships. If you would to share anything just leave a comment or email me. Always look forward to reading other peoples experiences. Tomorrow i think im going to talk about FOOD. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Have you been to London?

I know i have already posted today but i just wanted to write a quick post about something funny that happens a lot. It's obvious im British when people speak to me and the first thing people say is ''OMG your from England?? Have you been to London?'' Or people just automatically speak about London when they realise im from England. Just because someone is British does not mean they are from London or have been haha. It's like me asking an American if they have been to New York..Many Americans haven't even left the state they are from lol.

I have actually been to London. My first time was in 2000 when my dad recieved an MBE (Member of the British Empire) from the queen. I got to sit in Buckinhgam Palace for 3 hours bored out of my mind. I was only 10 and they only thing that amazed me was the fact 'I got to sit on the queens toilet'..
The Queen & Daddy with his pootash 11 years ago.

Did you know even though i am British i have only ever lived in England once for 5months to work as an Au-Pair in Aldershot?! And my first visit to England wasn't until we went to London in 2000 when i was 10.

Its going to be a long flight

What is the Longiest you have travelled by plane?

Mine was 18hours to America. I have never had a direct flight. Ive had to fly from Düsseldorf to Paris then Atlanta and then Nashville, Düsseldorf to Amsterdam to Newark then Nashville, Düsseldorf to New York to Atlanta and then Nashville and this time i am flying from Düsseldorf to COPENHAGEN to Newark and then Nashville.
Im excited because its another stop i have not yet been to. When i flew back at christmas i had to fly from Nashville to New York to SWEDEN to hamburg because my flight got cancelled and then i had to get the train to Dusseldorf. I got to see Sweden out my window..it was beautiful and everything was covered in snow. My family worrys about me when i travel but i dont know why. Im a little traveler and i love it! I started traveling around Germany at 14 at 16 i started flying to England and now i fly all the way to America.

Amie from A meaning of optimist left me a comment yesterday in the Coffee shop saying she thought it was fun to read this blog because she is from America and the things i talk about that are crazy to me are totally normal to her. I never thought about it till she said that and i had to laugh because i was thinking people who come across my blog and read how i got excited about a yellow taxi or a HUGE drink from Mcdonalds must think im weird and that im really easy to please lol. 

Anyway im hoping to post something from a Guest Blogger possibly tomorrow. If i get it in time. Otherwise i will be posting a bit about things that are strange to me in America like being able to have a gun and my first experience shooting. Have a great day!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Land between the Lakes, KY

Just a week till im back in America with my Husband and my beautiful dogs. I can't wait to see them again. Hopefully the weather will be nice the weekend after i get back so we can go camping. I havent been camping since i was 6years old. We want to go camping at Land between the Lakes in Kentucky. There are so many fun things to do according to the website. Biking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Horse Riding, Hunting, Elk & Bison watching. I think its going to be a great experience =)