Health & Fitness: American who has lived in London for 10 years reveals thing she loves most - and it would shock the rest of the UK

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An American - who has lived in London for the past 10 years- has revealed the thing she lives the most. But it might come as a shock to the rest of the UK to hear.

Kalyn Franke originally moved from Florida to London a decade ago for her U.S university study abroad programme. She now produces blogs, online courses and videos about life here full-time. The Girl Gone London writer spoke to MailOnline Travel about her memorable first impressions of the city.

Despite what other parts of the UK may think, Kalyn said she was instantly impressed by the cleanliness in London. And she also admitted to feeling safe here in the capital city.

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"I remember being incredibly impressed by how clean everything felt compared to some major US cities," the 30-year-old said. "It felt safe. And I loved that I could travel around by myself as a solo female traveller without much worry, including worries that I have in the U.S regarding guns."

While Kalyn loves how "clean" London is and how "safe" she feels, she was surprised by how quiet the Tube is when everyone's going to work. "As an American, I'm used to a more boisterous culture - you can usually hear us coming from a mile away - but in the UK I was struck by how quiet it was on a commuter-hour train, for instance."

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Something that Londoners may not be thrilled by the thought of, the blogger thinks Brits should take inspiration from American attitudes to lose some of our "self-deprecating culture".

Kalyn explained: "We are brought up in the U.S to believe that 'we can become anything we want to' and while it may not be entirely grounded in reality, I prefer it to the more British mentality that often feels like you should 'know your place' and perhaps 'dream, but not too big'."

She also spoke about some of her favourite spots in the capital like the "beautiful view" from Primrose Hill and the "best cookies" from Ben's Cookies.

Kalyn went on to add that the UK has a "far superior work-life balance" to America.

What do you think, should we love how "clean" and "safe" London is? Do you have the perfect work-life balance living in the capital?

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