If two countries speak the same language, that doesn't mean their residents lead the same lives.

Lisa Dollan, known online as Yorkshire Peach, is an American living in the UK. For some time now, she has been creating a TikTok series where the woman lists the differences she has spotted between the two places. Describing everything from parking to eating out, Lisa's videos shed light on everyday nuances many travel bloggers leave out, and her videos are raking in millions of views!

Continue scrolling to check out some of the points she has made.

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#1

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Well, I moved here six months pregnant and when I had my baby NOBODY SENT ME A BILL! I had my baby for free! Oh my God!

yorkshirepeach , Matt Walsh Report

Elin Calliel
Community Member
1 month ago

Because health care is considered to be a basic human right and not a privilege.

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#2

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that taste different in the UK: Sweets, You don't realize it until you've lived in the UK for a while and then you go back and taste an American sweet that you realize you can taste the artificial flavors more.

yorkshirepeach , Robert Anasch Report

Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

Come to the rest of Europe then, because what Brits have for sweets is still more artificial and too sweet by other countries' estimation.

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As her nickname suggests, Lisa currently lives in Yorkshire, a historic county of Northern England. "I moved here 8 years ago with my British husband," she told Bored Panda.

When she first got there, Lisa went through a culture shock. "I thought everywhere would be like London, like most Americans do, and that's just not true," the woman explained. "Also, I was shocked and thrilled to learn I did not have to pay when I left the doctor's office!" 

#3

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach That things costs EXACTLY what they say they cost. So if something says it's £1 then it's £1. At home there's sales tax on everything so it's $1.26

yorkshirepeach , Colin Mutchler Report

Jihan Kim
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1 month ago

this is supposed to be normal

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#4

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach When I first moved here my husband had to go to his great uncle's funeral. And he was gone for like 7/8 hours and he came back completely wasted. And I had no idea that people drank after funerals! And then we went to a kid's birthday party I mean, the kid was turning like 3? And they had the beer, the wine, I'm like okay, okay. And I'm an alcoholic so I don't drink, I can't drink. And when we lived in the States together, I did kind of wonder, like? Is this man an alcoholic as well? And then we moved over here and I was like nah, he's just BRITISH

yorkshirepeach , Taylor Friehl Report

Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
1 month ago

In Denmark we call drinks after a funeral "Grave beer"

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Now that she has had time to think about it, Lisa doesn't think that the UK is better than the US or vice versa. "They are simply different," she highlighted. That being said, the TikToker has her personal favorite. "The UK definitely has a much better health care system and much better laws around gun control. I feel safer here so I prefer it."

"I love the British people and their sense of humor," Lisa added. "I feel they are strong resilient people during the hard times and know how to have a laugh during the good ones!"

#5

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach I'd never walked anywhere. I have, but like very little, d'y'know what I'm saying? Y'all will walk anywhere here, I'm not kidding. Y'ALL WALK!

yorkshirepeach , Arek Adeoye Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Contrary to the US the Western European infrastructure has always been more focused on pedestrians and bicyclists than on cars. And in the foreseeable future cars will be banned from all city centers.

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#6

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Meals I'd never had until I moved here: The curry. Never had a curry before I moved here. And now if I go 4/5 days without one, I go into curry withdrawal. Absolutely DIVINE meal

yorkshirepeach , Andy Hay Report

Willem Hunse
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1 month ago

um i eat curry every week in Canada

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Following up on Lisa's comments, we learned that in 2017, US think tank the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK's NHS the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries for safety, affordability, and efficiency. It did less well when it came to cancer survival.

The US was ranked last out of the 11 countries.

The American health system came off badly when it came to infant mortality, life expectancy, and preventable deaths, but did relatively better on cancer, heart attack, and stroke survival.

Meanwhile, the gun ownership rate for England and Wales (2007) is 6.2 guns per 100 people. For comparison, the gun ownership rate in the US (2007) is 88.8 guns per 100 people.

Additionally, the gun homicide rate for England and Wales (2012) is 0.7 per 1 million people while in the US (2012) this number is much higher too — 29.7 per 1 million people.

Which of the two countries do you like better? Tell us in the comments.

#7

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that'd freak Americans out about the UK: Driving in the UK. No chance, okay? The driving test. What you guys have to do to be able to legally drive here is amazing! You guys are all like Nascar drivers. Literally, I took my test in a parking lot in the States.

yorkshirepeach , Esteban Benites Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

that is worrying...

Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

In the US, driving is a RIGHT, rather than an earned privilege. As Trillian said, you just learn how to operate a vehicle and the very basics of what signs mean, but there's zero training on driving etiquette, defensive/safe driving, driving in adverse conditions, how a car behaves at speed, how to correct a car that's losing control, how to adjust your driving on hills, etc. As an example, I got my license without ever hearing mention of a roundabout, a bike lane, or headlights (all testing was during daylight).

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Trillian
Community Member
1 month ago

I took a US driving test during my au pair year. It's really a joke, compared to tests in Germany. It's not even in the regular traffic, you do the test at a car park. Basically they want to see if you can operate a car, nothing more.

Niffler_13
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I'm from the US and my driving test was out on the road with traffic, not in a parking lot. I had to merge on to and drive on the highway, down backroads, parallel park on a busy street. In order to get my driver's license I had to attend drivers education 6 months prior to turning 16. I had to pass all the safety tests and drive with a legal adults at least 500 miles. Then there were restrictions on when I could drive and with whom until I turned 18.

K Witmer
Community Member
1 month ago

My driving test was w orange cones I had to drive around in the DMV parking lot. Had to parallel park between cones. My daughter just got her license and they don't care if you can parallel park anymore

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ProductofNZ
Community Member
1 month ago

In Japan, you can transfer your UK driver's license to a Japanese license with some money and paperwork. US residents (except for 3 states) have to start from scratch, including driver training, tests, and the paperwork. There are many benefits to having a stringent driver training program back home.

Happy Daihatsu
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Do you know which 3 states those are?

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Elin Calliel
Community Member
1 month ago

So you get tested to see if you are responsible enough to drive a car on the streets in full traffic by having the driving test in a parking lot? Seriously?

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
1 month ago

This isn't true everywhere in the USA. We have a written and went out on the road, do parallel parking k turns all that.

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
1 month ago

Have you ever tried driving in streets of some european medieval city centre?

Roman Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

In Germany there are plenty of one-lane roads — with traffic going both directions. (Someone has to slide between parked cars to let oncoming traffic by.)

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

That's really bad, to take your driving test in a car park

Casey Burns
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Take it from me. Being an American who does know how to drive. Most people here do NOT. It's a lot more than worrying...

QueenMiri
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

We actually care about people's safety. Driving is a serious thing. Especially in Germany where I am from.

Chewie Baron
Community Member
1 month ago

Driving test in Egypt? Drive in a straight line. Hence why the Egyptian driving license is invalid in the UK!

Don't Look
Community Member
1 month ago

Driving in London takes serious getting used to for American drivers. It's completely disorienting.

Zak Rasten
Community Member
2 weeks ago

We need good driving training to drive safely here - try driving in the Lake District and you'll know why. Be careful on tight corners you can't see round and sound your horn when you get close to warn drivers coming the other way. Many swing out and don't stay in their lane creating the potential for collisions

Mart Se
Community Member
1 month ago

No surprise that someone in Usa crashes for a no reason every 1.6 secomds

Debbie Burton
Community Member
1 month ago

That explains a lot though

Isa
Community Member
1 month ago

I have to take my drive licence in the middle of Lisbon traffic in a rush hour...my legs were shacking but I have done it in one time. And all the lessons were in the normal routs and with the normal traffic with a instructor, 20 lessons with a shift gear!

Charlie
Community Member
1 month ago

South Dakota you get a license at 14. I did a class in school but it was open book. So I didn't have to do a written test. The driving portion was just going into the city and getting lunch.

Ancsuri
Community Member
1 month ago

By us you have to pass the theoretical test, test on the road, city traffic, and we have a part where you have to park the car in a parking lot. And of course you should have your health certificate from your doctor to drive.

Lemonclouds20
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahahaha beggars belief

Katherine Boag
Community Member
1 month ago

Nascar??? You just go inna circle

James Mills
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

in the states you can drive by yourself (full license) at 16 right? in Australia you can't get your full license until you turn 18. but then again you can drink at 18 so i guess that's better than the states. Imagine becoming an adult and not being allowed to drink.

John Baker
Community Member
1 month ago

Things may have changed since I got my driver's license over half a century ago, but back then, in most states, you could get a probationary license (which may have restrictions such as no night driving or no passengers under a certain age) at 16 provided you'd passed an accredited driver education course. For a full, unrestricted license, with or without the course, it was 18.

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 month ago

My driving test was a written test, a medical questionnaire and a vision test (distance, night driving/darkness and color perception). The road test was neighborhood driving, downtown/congested area driving and highway merging access and exiting. This was about 2 hours in duration. This was in Florida, USA in 1979. Things have certainly changed since then!

Samantha Hurrell
Community Member
1 month ago

There's alot of bad UK drivers, my Mum seems to find atleast one or two a week, and that's driving about 40 minutes a day

Tim Pillinger
Community Member
1 month ago

But on the whole not newly qualified bad drivers. We should re test.

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jimmy pop
Community Member
1 month ago

When I took my driving lessons, there was a German girl, who had been living in the US for a couple years, then moved back to Germany. During driving lessons, the students often switched on the fly, i.e. at the end of your lesson, you drove over to where you meet the next student, who took over the wheel, then drove you home as part of their lesson. One of my earlier lessons (3 to 5 or something) I drove to pick up the girl mentioned earlier for her very first lesson. For it being her first, she handled the car pretty well but after finding out she had already gotten a license in the US and been driving there for 3 years ... man, her skills were absolute trash.

Zaza
Community Member
1 month ago

UK only has 2.8 fatalities per 100.000 people from car accidents, whereas in the US it's 11, pretty much 4 times as many. US drivers should be having driving lessons from a proper instructor (not a parent or sibling) and should be taking actual driving tests before being issues a license

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Probably why so many lethal accidents in America with no driving test and cars in disgusting unsafe states

Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
1 month ago

This explains a lot. When I was driving in the US a few years back I was absolutely stunned at the driving of those around me. In my head I was looking around and thinking how many people would end up having their car and licence removed if they did what they were doing here.

denzoren
Community Member
1 month ago

I am concerned now. Driving tests aren't supposed to be so easy. Also, where I live we have to be 17 to apply for a driver's license.

Not Proud British
Community Member
1 month ago

You also let ordinary folk legally buy guns from supermarkets. We have things called licences and you have to go through a lot of checks in order to legally obtain one. Cause you know, cars and guns in the wrong hands can and do kill people, so we do our best to ensure they are only operated by trained people.

There Is No Planet B
Community Member
1 month ago

It's actually easier to get a gun, than a driving license...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

In South Australia you have to pass a theory test before you get your learners permit. Once you get that you have to practice driving during the day with a fully licensed driver for 50 hours of day driving and 25 hours of night driving. You have a log book to write it down including how long, type of weather etc. You also need to have certain things ticked off by a special driving instructor, you can either do a certain amount of lessons and once the instructor feels you have passed all the requirements you then get your Provisional license. Or you can do it all in one driving test (VORT) with a pass or fail. Then you are on P1's for a year followed by another 2 years on P2's. The P plates are similar to having your full license but with restrictions like a curfew, no turbo or v8 cars, the amount of passengers you can carry, less demerit points and ZERO tolerance on any alcohol etc.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

I am confused. As an American, who has been to UK, I have to say this person must've been in one of the most lax-ever-possible states in the US for driving. Where I grew up, you better be able to turn a pick-up truck on a dime to get your license (full-size, four-wheel-drive, usually), so.... again confused about this confusion of the OP!

Randolph Croft
Community Member
1 month ago

Traffic circle tests. That's a thing.

Kat Rob
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone I know in the US has to drive on the road, in traffic for their test.

Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

They now have theory tests too.

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Driving tests in a parking lot?

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

It's kind of equal to "Drive one round around the pyramids without hitting someone" or "Avoid hitting 3 sheep and you've passed your driving test".

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Now let's talk about about what Americans (don't) have to go through to buy a gun.

Adriaan Verhelle
Community Member
1 month ago

Living in California for about 3 years now, and I can assure you, coming from Belgium, it really shows that the bar for getting a drivers license here is so low to make sure any random 16 year old can pass. The level of logical traffic insight is close to 0.

Eslamala
Community Member
1 month ago

Any monkey in the states can drive. In most countries, driving tests consist on many parts, including a psicomotor skill test

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#8

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that taste different in the UK: Sour cream. All things creamy. It's just creamier, so much nicer (in the UK)

yorkshirepeach , Welikodub Report

Chillchillshill
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1 month ago

Better than ranch too

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#9

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Meals I'd never had until I moved here: "beans on toast." Thought it was absolutely disgusting, now I think it's absolutely divine

yorkshirepeach , Steven Lilley Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Not all beans are created equal, you have to get the right beans.

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#10

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach That you have to pay to park most places. I kinda thought it was a "well, you can pay if you want but you don't really have to"

yorkshirepeach , Brydon McCluskey Report

Oliver
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is everyone in the picture parked like that…very disconcerting

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#11

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: I'd never stayed at an outdoor event in the rain, and not gone home

yorkshirepeach , Vidar Nordli-Mathisen Report

Guðrún Sveinsdóttir
Community Member
1 month ago

Its worse in my country. Iceland It can snow sun shine 5 minutes later and then a hurricane and we have a saying that the weather changes every 5 minutes and prepare your outdoor activities with summer rain and winter clothes all year round. If we see someone with an umbrella we know he's a tourist because no Icelander uses umbrellas in the wind destroys it always and then you have to carry a useless umbrella every were you go. We just predict storms everyday or you would always be depressed when it hits you the 10th time the same day. But we think that's completely normal. Its hell packing for camping. The car is filled with every clothing in your closet and then we have tiny space for the tent and etc. But the clothes are most important 😂

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#12

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Umbrellas are useless here

yorkshirepeach Report

WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago (edited)

Umbrellas are useless in all countries when there's a strong wind.

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#13

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that'd freak Americans out about the UK: What y'all eat for breakfast. OMG. If they saw: The Mushrooms, The Tomatoes, The Baked Beans. All of this, the "Full English". Absolutely flip out, okay?

yorkshirepeach , Deepansh Khurana Report

Zena Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't beat a Full English.

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#14

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach That you can drink at 18 here! And also you can drink with your family when you're like 14. I was like whaaat?

yorkshirepeach , Gerrie van der Walt Report

ProductofNZ
Community Member
1 month ago

There are a few countries where the rules are the same or similar. (NZ, Australia etc)

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#15

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: Sat outside in the sun with a coat on

yorkshirepeach , Joseph Kranak Report

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Ummm..... We do this in the US. I promise. the OP never got out much, in the US, apparently? ....

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#16

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach What my husband has been doing now I call sun shifting. As the sun shifs he will shift his chair closer and closer until the edges all the way to the corner of the garden

yorkshirepeach Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the UK, we need to make the most of the sun

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#17

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Meals I'd never had until I moved here: I know this is a side dish but it's an absolute gamechanger. Cauliflower & Cheese. Absolutely ELITE

yorkshirepeach , Isabell Schulz Report

Ripley
Community Member
1 month ago

YOU DON'T HAVE CAULIFLOWER CHEESE IN THE US?!?!?! ARE YOU GUYS OKAY?

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#18

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Meals I'd never had until I moved here: Fish & Chips. We don't have fish & chip shops back home. We have something called Captain D's. It's a franchise, like McDonalds, where you drive through.

yorkshirepeach , Samuel tresch Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Chip shop fish and chips is heavenly, lashings of salt and vinegar

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#19

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: Parallel parked. I still struggle, If I'm honest. It's a struggle

yorkshirepeach , Adam Griffith Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

it is part of the UK Nascaresque driving test

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#20

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: I'd never had sweet popcorn in the cinema

yorkshirepeach , Corina Rainer Report

Jim Day
Community Member
1 month ago

Kettle corn is old-timey here and is gaining a new fandom.

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#21

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that'd freak Americans out about the UK: The queues at McDonalds! I don't know about your McDonalds but my McDonalds stays LIT! And by lit I mean on fire! People wrapped around the building and y'all wait. The Americans would not wait in that queue, do you hear me? They would drive two blocks down to the next McDonalds. There's a McDonalds on every damn corner

yorkshirepeach , Andrew Herashchenko Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

But McDonalds can't be that invasive in most European countries because of regulations. "What do you mean I want to open another McDonalds 3 miles apart from the existing one? Ain't going to happen, mate."

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#22

American-In-UK-Shocked-Things-Georgia-Peach Things that taste different in the UK: Pickles. We have the big fat sour pickles. I miss those. Yours guys seem to be sweet.

yorkshirepeach , SuckerPunch Gourmet Report

Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

Huh? Both sweet and sour pickles are available in the US, at least here in the Northeast where I live.

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