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.
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!
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.
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!"
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
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
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!"
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!
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
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.
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.
Things that taste different in the UK: Sour cream. All things creamy. It's just creamier, so much nicer (in the UK)
Meals I'd never had until I moved here: "beans on toast." Thought it was absolutely disgusting, now I think it's absolutely divine
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"
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
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?
That you can drink at 18 here! And also you can drink with your family when you're like 14. I was like whaaat?
Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: Sat outside in the sun with a coat on
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
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
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.
Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: Parallel parked. I still struggle, If I'm honest. It's a struggle
Things I'd never done until I moved to the UK: I'd never had sweet popcorn in the cinema
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