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
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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
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1 month ago

that is worrying...

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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

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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
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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

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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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