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Which brings me to American girlfriend number five, who was paralyzed by her hoards of self-help books.Over-analyzing American family dynamics is still something that remains a bit of a mystery to me.

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

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

If a bumbling buffoon like Hugh Grant could steal Julia Roberts' heart in It was the summer of 2006 when I first landed in New York as a 19-year-old, laden with warnings about American girls: they're high maintenance, my friends told me.

I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.

They worry more about their appearance, political correctness and how others perceive them.

There is more emphasis on "keeping up appearances," especially on the West Coast where I have been living for the past six months.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.Italian men are worse than women and the whole place winds up smelling like their cologne." "I am sorry, but guys at home in France are so annoyingly into themselves. OK, good to know." "American women are not 'easier' than other women, but I would say they are way more comfortable flirting and being sexual than a lot of women in Europe.American men seem much more interested in getting to know you. I think there's a freshness about sex in America that makes it more fun to be with an American woman." "The best thing about dating my American girlfriend is her true New York spirit: the idea that she can do anything, anytime, and doesn’t have to apologize for putting herself first.The Brit eerily reminded me of myself—she ate quickly, washed her food down with beer, and generally wasn't too concerned about how she might look to the outside world, let alone me.