Europe is seen as some sort of exotic place accross this vast ocean known as the channel. America is viewed much closer to home.

Hmm, I think this is a one-sided belief on the part of the UK. We over here in North America do not consider England close to home or an extension of USA/Canada. We consider the UK as a part of Europe so I don't know what they're smoking over there  :-

BalticBoy, you should try to immigrate to Canada, sounds like it's a lot better over here than in the UK. We have lots of jobs here in Alberta and very high standard of living.