Wales to London: My 5 Biggest Culture Shocks

Wales to London: My 5 Biggest Culture Shocks


hello beautiful people welcome to
today’s video it’s been a while since I made a video about my immigration
journey and people seem to really enjoy this I thought that I would dive in with
another culture shocks video because I haven’t done a culture shock video in a
while so as you can tell you’re probably looking at this title this video and
hearing me speak if you’re new here you’re like this guy’s not Welsh I am
NOT Welsh I obviously do not have a Welsh accent I’ll be there now in a
minute now in a minute now in a minute why am i why am i trying
now in a minute I’ll be there now in a minute then it’s a very although fun
fact before I start the video when I go back home to America people think that I
have a Welsh accent which is hilarious because people there just have no idea
what about accent even sounds like some people have never even heard of Wales in
America so they hear me talk and they’re like oh my gosh why am i putting on a
British accent like they’re like oh my gosh you’ve come back with a Welsh accent
and I’m like no I haven’t you just have no idea what a Welsh accent is I say
tomato and they’re like oh you have a Welsh accent now I’m like it’s saying it
like that is like not even how anybody in the UK even says tomato and is
definitely not how the Welsh say tomahto
anyway it’s hilarious I love my dumb Americans just kidding I’m American as
well so yeah as you could tell that I am American but I have lived in Wales for
the last four years and I still spend a lot of time in Wales Wales is kind of
like a second address for me and I go back to Cardiff quite regularly so
that’s another disclaimer if you’re watching this in your Welsh you’re like
oh you’re from you lived in Cardiff though which is I know one of the most
English parts of Wales but I did spend a lot of time in Wales I’ve travelled
around Wales and I’ve gotten very immersed in wealth culture since I lived
there I’ve actually created a lot of content for BBC Wales
okay let’s actually start the video I’m so sorry welcome to my channel this is
what it’s like here so number one my first culture shock of moving to London
is the people I want to talk about this right away because the cultures are very
very different Wales England they’re just hugely different Cardiff London are
hugely different cities and the people in London are less friendly and I’m just
gonna full-on out and say that these are my opinions but I think it’s a lot of
people’s experiences people in London do tend to be less friendly there’s
definitely a stereotype in London the people are less friendly but having
lived here now for about eight months I can say that that stereotypes absolutely
true when you walk down the street strangers for a lot less friendly
they’re less likely to smile at you you’re less likely to have a spontaneous
interaction or conversation now as a California and the entire UK is less
friendly because in California people are generally a lot more friendly as a
whole and so even in Wales people are less sterling than they are in
California but I would say that there’s kind of a tier-ing system here you know
and Welsh people are still more friendly than a lot of other parts in the UK I
find and that’s one of the reasons I really liked Wales and one thing that I
definitely miss about it people in London are definitely definitely less
friendly definitely less outgoing and I also think that in London there’s this
culture of just like nine-to-five like you hop on public transport you do your
job and sure you probably earn a lot more money and you work in some big
fancy Tower but that’s like your life I feel like people in London have less
social integration with culture and with society and it’s a weird thing to say
but it’s definitely something that I’ve noticed since I’ve been here number two
is another pretty obvious one and that’s money
London is so goddamn expensive I moved here and like okay so in Cardiff right I
could go to a local pub or go to a club on a night out and easy I could get a
pint for two pounds no problem sometimes you didn’t get points for cheaper than
that especially if they’re like on promo or for certain night here in London a
pint can easily cost me six pound fifty that is what three between three and
four times the amount it’s absolutely and if you talk you get
a pint for one pound sixty then it’s almost six times the amount it’s crazy
and it’s stupid and it’s illogical the money was definitely with my biggest
barriers and moving here and it’s like I was aware of that moving here everybody
in the UK knows that London is crazy expensive
that’s just kind of a known thing however like is just nonsense
like I’d still don’t really get it like I’m like I’m buying the same pint like I
don’t understand I get that rents higher and you know I get there’s more people
here and then there are some I guess reasons for it but generally speaking
there’s just like a London tax London just up marks your entire living
experience in a way that other cities don’t do if you look at other cities
with the same rent prices you’ll find a lot of them have way lower prices for
things so a lot of London’s tax I think is is very very illogical and
like one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world and it shouldn’t be
in my opinion and it’s frustrating I think that’s probably the most
frustrating thing apart about living in London just like hands down that sucks
the people aren’t as friendly you pay way more for stuff these are the
negatives I’m getting some of those niggas out with some my culture shocks
but it sucks okay just kidding I’m not done with the negatives because number
three is public transportation I mean this one could be a positive and a
negative right so I think that London’s much more accessible as a city than
Wales is part of Airport it’s a very very small Airport it doesn’t travel it
doesn’t go internationally so a lot of destinations you just can’t access so
London’s much more accessible when it comes to public transportation I can hop
on a plane pretty much anywhere and that’s really really great I don’t know
if you would really consider playing public invitation but I guess in broader
transportation terms London is so much more accessible than Cardiff was and
then Wales is of the country saying that public transportation kind of sucks it’s
not ideal for me to have to hop on a tube just to go anywhere and I find
myself leaving my house left because to go somewhere I really have to make way
more of a concerted effort and that’s been kind of a negative aspect for me in
my sort of just adjusting to city life and I mean I’ll card have something to
say a city but not on the same way and so for me just like I’m trying to get
out that I’m trying to do my activities but if I have to travel an hour on the
tube just to get there that costs money and takes a huge amount of time out of
my day in Cardiff I could walk anywhere in the city and a lot of places I could
get to within like 30 minutes so if you live in Cardiff I used to live in ROS
and so in ROS you can travel pretty much anywhere in the city within 30 minutes
number four is SuperDuper obvious London is not bilingual I there are there is a
Welsh everywhere and honestly I’ve kind of missing Welsh on everything it’s
interesting living in a country like I was in Wales for four years it was a big
part of my life and I just got very used to everything being in Welsh I got to a
point where I could read the Welsh on the signs just as easily as I could read
the English and it was just something that I very much sort of adjusted to and
now all of a sudden all of that bilingual Ness is just gone it’s it’s
poof there is no bilingual news and it’s interesting because a lot of countries
in the United Kingdom and in Ireland of course have their own languages there’s
Irish there’s Cornish there’s Welsh there’s Scottish Gaelic so a lot of
you know Celtic nations even Bethany in France one of the Celtic nations they
have their own language as well so England’s kind of like the one Celtic
nation that doesn’t have its own language which I find a little bit
bizarre but it is interesting being in a country that isn’t bilingual anymore
that’s definitely been a little bit of a culture shock it’s not just the
bilingual mister there’s a lot of like colloquial terms in Wales that we don’t
really have in England and in London and so the language is actually different
there is some adjustment of just like getting used to the fact that diction
and language and the way the people talk is actually different so a lot of this
video I’ve kind of rag on London and praised Wales for my fifth point I’m
gonna sort of do the opposite and I’m gonna talk about one culture shock that
I actually prefer about London and one thing that’s been a little bit more
positive since I’ve moved and that’s gonna be diversity so since I moved to
London I’ve seen a lot more diversity there’s a lot more international people
here in London than there is in Cardiff and in Wales as a country and so it’s
been interesting adjusting to one of the biggest cities in the world and this big
multinational place where there’s tons of diversity tons of different walks of
life and tons of different types of people and that’s been a culture shock
but it’s been more positive for me because I find it really exciting I love
being in place where there’s tons of international people tons of different
identities and belief systems all in one place
one negative side of that is that I am a gay man and so for me I have experience
in homophobia in London that I never experienced in Cardiff a lot of times
Wales has this reputation of not being super friendly to OD bg+ people or other
ethnicities and identities and I think that that’s a very unfair perception of
Wales I think that Wales is a very accepting place and granted I lived in
wit in Cardiff which was one of the more kind of international and accepting
places but I think that Wales was kind of an unfair reputation in that regard I
lived in cardiff for four years I never once had someone call me a faggot and I
moved to London within a couple weeks I had somebody call me a faggot and I
wasn’t even like overtly queer presenting I was just wearing a shirt
with flowers on it so that’s been a negative and a positive part of my
experience of moving to London so those are my five biggest culture shocks of
moving from Wales to London it has been a wild ride ultimately I am glad that I
made the move and so I know I’ve just been tons of time ragging on London
there are lots of things that I like about London it has been
for my career and it’s a move that I’m glad that I made and I really like being
in place that’s so international and so accessible to travel because I tend to
travel quite a lot saying that it’s been one of the hardest things that I’ve ever
done in my life if not the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my life it’s been
very very very challenging for me and it’s been a very hard year for me making
this move and I miss Cardiff so much and I go back to Cardiff all the time and I
have so many friends there and I think that I’ll always be going back to
Cardiff and always be kind of living in between different places in the world
because I don’t really feel like I belong just to one place you know um but
I hope that you guys enjoyed this video anyway and if you did please give it a
thumbs up comment down below any culture trucks you’ve had if you’ve moved from
Wales to England or Wales to somewhere else in the world what are your culture
shocks or vice versa let’s have a cross national dialogue if you need hear I
would love it if you subscribe to this channel I have a lot of stuff but would
you be two-plus lifestyle but I do also talk about my emigration journey on here
and I’ll link to my other immigration videos down below as always remember
that the world’s a very noisy place so make your words count and I will see you
in my next video bye you

20 thoughts on “Wales to London: My 5 Biggest Culture Shocks

  1. Hello beautiful people! I figured it'd been awhile since I made an immigration video – I hope you enjoyed it! What did you think about my culture shocks? Do you agree?

    For more of my immigration videos, see here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiO7ckGT6_FaFfsBbKpyPvc_Z8EkEKO96

    And if you want to support my work, consider joining my Patreon community here: https://patreon.com/bradleybirkholz

  2. Hello Bradley! I enjoyed the video so much. I wanted to stop by and wish you a good Christmas. I especially love your travel videos and videos about living in nother country. I've learned a lot by watching them.

    Always know…you are a terrific person who makes this world a better place…

  3. Fabulous video Bradley. You're so handsome. I have similar experiences, Living in Portland Maine for 11 years I have noticed Portland for the most part is very less friendly and outgoing. Portland is basicially turning into Boston New Yrok Philly DC and other cities. The rent is crazy in Portland. Bangor Maine on the other hand is filled with wonderful people family friends. This is one of my favoirte videos of yours. December 30th I will be moving to Bangor and I am doing a differences between Portland and Bangor. video. <3

  4. Bradley, I love this video about Wales to London: Your 5 Culture Shocks and I know you've been living at Wales for the last 4 years, but it's far away from England and it's very important to do that, so I'm proud of you for being my idol!!! ☺🇬🇧

  5. I'm from Cardiff, and people in Cardiff are somewhat friendly, I work in the customer service industry so I've come to realise they are not as friendly as passing on the streets. Yes, I do love cheap alcohol here, I've gone to places and they've had deals where you can get a pint for £1. Public transportation is terrible in Cardiff I find, buses are hardly ever on time, trains mostly always are delayed or get cancelled. But you are right about getting around the city quickly. I love how us Welsh talk differently, I and my friends always laugh about it, on how we pronounce words differently or how we use different phrases that to people outside Wales that won't make sense.

  6. When I moved from the US to Asia, there was definitely a culture shock, but I found moving back from Asia to the US to be even harder. Culture shock goes both ways and it's so weird and not talked about enough!!

  7. I agree that London is quite an unfriendly city. I am just back from New York and had heard it was quite similar there too, everyone just getting from A to B etc. This, I felt, wasn't the case though. New Yorkers seem to love a good chit chat.
    Keep up the good work Bradley 🙂

  8. I'm American and I have heard of whales before. LOL 😜 j/k
    yeah, so many americans are so very america centric they have no clue about rest of world or that there is an actual world outside of US.
    I was stationed in Englad (East Anglia) in early-mid 1980's. the village I lived in was something of a culture shock. like everything but the pub closing at 5, pub closing at 10, nothing open on sundays but the pub. having to pay a TV tax. then differences in slang, especially staying at a B&B, "what time do you want knocked up" that one threw me.

    at 6:22 ** POOF ** lol, that is funny coming from a gay man.

  9. It was informative. I did not think culture shock was that real for you in that way. I think you learned a lot from that experience. I am shocked to hear London is like that. You had more acceptance in the other part of England. You sound fulfilled in London. It has benefited you.

  10. Hi Bradley another great video. You do have my deepest sympathy for having to live in London. I was there a while ago and the prices are just beyond a joke in particular house prices. I have friends in London who's 3 bedroom detached house is worth well over £1.4 million. My similar house in the midlands is around £180k! it's bonkers.

  11. I recall being at a conference once where a Welsh TV producer, referring to cultural differences from the rest of the UK said, “The trouble with London is that it’s too far away from anywhere”. I was born in London and I’ve lived most of my life there and despite its faults, I miss it terribly. I think one of the reasons it’s less friendly is that most of the time you’re likely to surrounded by complete strangers. People often have to seek out a community to be part of and have a sense of belonging. It is more expensive although the price of a pint is perhaps not the best measure since they vary considerably both across the whole UK and across different parts of London. For example, the price of a pint on the Old Kent Road is likely to be considerably cheaper than in Soho. It takes time and effort to feel part of London. I only hope they let you stay in the UK long enough to find out.

  12. Not only have I never lived in another country, I’ve only really lived in two different cities in the US, both of them in the same state. So the best I can do is compare home to other places I have visited, and then only superficially. But the differences you cite between Cardiff and London sound very plausible. I think most of those are the kinds of differences you would find between one of the major cities of the world and a smaller city. If I moved from Nashville to New York City, most of those same things would probably apply. And by the way, you sound 100% American to me.

  13. I like to video 👍😘 One of my grandmother's and one of my aunts were Welsh and some of my living cousins still live in Wales (Cymru) and I am able to say you Do Not have a Welsh accent! 😊 I do agree with you, though, people are much more friendly in Cymru!

  14. I spent about 18 months in the UK, mostly in south Wales. Oddly enough, never been to London. However, I found friendly and kind people in Manchester, Worcester, and Sheffield. Other parts of England (I won't name any cities), not so much, and not overly friendly. However, my time in south Wales– oh my god…. I got daily comments from the locals telling me they 'loved' my accent. People were so pleased when I told them how much I loved Wales and chose to live in Wales (with my Visitor's Visa) instead of anywhere else in the UK. People in south Wales constantly referred to me as 'lovely' or 'You are American, but you are so NICE !" The Welsh made me feel right at home. Now that I am back in the USA, I still refer to south Wales as my 'UK home'.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *