I’m an Australian living in the UK – these are the biggest differences I’ve noticed

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An Australian woman who moved to the UK last year has shared a long list of the bizzare and quirkly differences she's noticed since being here

An Australian woman who moved to the UK last year has shared a long list of the bizzare and quirkly differences she’s noticed since being here.

Kate Heaslip, 22, moved to Manchester with her friend Sarah with the aim of staying for around five months.

From accents to food, she took to social media to reveal the small things that she’s finding dissimilar to life down under. 

Her TikTok, posted under her handle @kate.heaslip, has already been seen by more than 25,000 people – with fellow Australians rushing to the comments to share their own experiences. 

Filming the video on a train, Kate told viewers: ‘Sarah and I just moved, a month ago now, from Australia to the UK. We’re gonna talk about the differences that we’ve noticed since being here’.

An Australian woman who moved to the UK last year has shared a long list of the bizzare and quirkly differences she’s noticed since being here

Crossing the road 

She revealed that the first thing she ‘notices a lot’ is actually to do with crossing the road.

The 22-year-old explained: ‘The little green man that tells you when you can walk across the road doesn’t make a beeping noise.

‘It’s also next to you so you have to turn your head like this to know when it’s going, you can’t even just look across the road’.

However, one British commenter advised: ‘The crossings usually have a green man opposite you too. Some crossings beep and others don’t, depends on the type of crossing, I think but not 100 per cent’

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The TikToker responded: ‘Yes I’ve seen some that beep. The beep isn’t as cute though,’ alongside a laughing emoji.

No seasoning

Moving on to food, Kate expressed her disappointment at the lack of seasoning in the UK. 

Kate Heaslip, 22, moved to Manchester with her friend Sarah with the aim of staying for around five months

Kate Heaslip, 22, moved to Manchester with her friend Sarah with the aim of staying for around five months

She said: ‘They don’t salt their chips. None of the chips in any food places have salt on them, especially chicken salt but I think that’s south Australian isn’t it’.

This point struck a chord with other Australians who’ve also made the move, with one person commenting: ‘Oh my god, the no salt on their chips. The whole time in Europe I just wanted chicken salt on chips’.

Another added: ‘I cried when I got Maccas [McDonald’s] chips for the first time and they had no salt. I was so homesick and just cried and cried’.

Meanwhile, a third penned: ‘I’m a Kiwi in Ireland and the salt thing is the same here! What do these people have against seasoning?’

Sticking to the left side of the street

The third difference on the TikToker’s list is the way Brits walk down the street, without sticking to one side.

She revealed: ‘When you’re walking down the street, this one annoys Sarah, no one sticks to the left and the right. 

Adding that it should always be ‘left’ and people should ‘stick to their left’.

In the comments, another Australian agreed, insisting: ‘No cause literally, stick to the left’.

Someone else chimed in with: ‘It’s a London thing they stick left in Manchester,’ to which Kate argued back: ‘I can tell you first hand they absolutely do not hahaha I’m dodging all day long’.

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Drink sizes 

Kate continued: ‘One thing that gets me, Sarah couldn’t care less about this – coke cans or any sort of fizzy drink can is 330ml instead of 375ml.

‘Which isn’t a big difference but it’s the difference in the last sip once you finish your food’.

Annoyed, the Australian joked that it ‘kills her every time’. 

Greeting people and accents

Next, a common difference that puzzles people from other countries is British slang and greetings.

The TikToker said: ‘Where we would say ‘Hello, how are you?’ they would say ‘You alright?’ or ‘Are you okay?’ 

She admitted: ‘I just don’t know how to answer that’.

Similarly, the 22-year-old was also left puzzled by the variety of accents in the UK.

Kate told her followers: ‘This is one thing I find really facsinating. In Australia, everyone apart from the east coast, basically sounds the exact same.

‘Some people have more of an Aussie accent but it’s basically the same around the whole country’.

Talking about the UK, she explained: ‘You go down the road two kilometers and someone has a completely different accent’. 

Bedding 

Discussing bedding, she added: ‘I haven’t noticed this one but Sarah said there’s no top sheet, people don’t use a top sheet – random’.

A fellow Austrlalian in the comments remarked: ‘No top sheet is just so wrong,’ with another person adding: ‘Omg no the top sheet. As they shouldn’t hahahaha’.

Puzzled, she also adds that she finds it ‘smart’ that supermarket workers sit down down a chair, rather than stand.

Brits and Australians flocked to the comments to share their own experiences and advice

Brits and Australians flocked to the comments to share their own experiences and advice

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The weather 

Another surprising element of living in the UK, was the weather. 

Kate said: ‘Another thing that I found surprising when I got here is how not cold it is. 

‘Do you know what I mean? It is freezing sometimes but I thought I was gonna need more coats. It might get cold actually, I’m not gonna jinx that’.

One viewer joked: ‘You say it’s not cold lol it’s not even winter yet,’ to which the TikToker responded: ‘I know I’m not ready for it’.

Despite the long list of quirks, Kate admitted she ‘does love it here’.

Adding: ‘The differences are really weird but that’s the coolest part, is seeing what’s different about here and home and I love it’.

One viewer penned: ‘No way! These are so accurate! Moved from NZ this year and the green man not beeping shocked me!’

Meanwhile, a second quipped: ‘The salt thing I learned living with Brit’s before coming here so knew I needed salt on everything’.

A third added: ‘Differences are best things about other countries,’ with a fourth  revealing: ‘I’d love to move to Aus! Find it so funny when Aussies come over here’.

Other Australians remarked: ‘I agree with every single one of these’ and ‘Yes to the kids having accents! It is weird to hear at first’.

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