American woman living in the UK explains what baffled her the most since move
27th August 2023

Making the big move away from home can be a culture shock – and these differences can be even more extreme when moving to another country.

Whether it's slang, the grub, or what you can and can’t get away with in public – it's uncomfortable, and at times downright awkward, situation to navigate.

One TikTok user made the move from the US to London and has taken to the video-sharing platform to share the biggest differences she’s come across.

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Olamide Modupe explained to her followers that she moved to the UK capital during the pandemic when she was 29.

Now three years later, she's more equipped with British charm and way of life – and she has taken to social media to share the biggest shocks to help anyone else looking to adjust.

The now 32-year-old posted upwards of 16 different videos listing her shocks since the big move – one of which is that most people in the UK get paid monthly, not bi-weekly.

In one video she explains: "You actually get paid monthly out here, not bi-weekly.

"If that sounds scary, trust me, it was scary for me to be back in the States. You get paid your cheque in two instalments basically, per month, here you get 12 paycheques so budgeting is extremely important.

"I've tried a couple of different tactics and to try to budget the best that I possibly can.

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"I was even splitting the check that I got into two different pots on my bank, my bank app and then paying myself twice a month just so I could have like a little bit of a transition.

She adds: "But fair warning, it's a monthly paycheque here, so you're gonna have to budget carefully too."

On top of that the American brings up the disparity between pay in the UK and the US – especially when it comes to holiday entitlement.

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She goes on: "This one is really great, you actually had all of your vacation time.

"The moment that you signed your contract in the US when you sign your contract, you actually don't get any vacation time.

"At that moment, you have to accrue it, you have like, sick days, but not your like, holiday, as they call it here in the UK.

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