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AlannaI started Adventures and Naps back in Oct. 2015, shortly before I moved from Ontario, Canada to South-East England. But really, I’m just a girl with an internet connection trying to document the ups and downs of living abroad, travel tips and everything else in-between.

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  1. I have watch quite a few of your youtube videos, there seems to be a few on things you miss from Canada.
    I was born and have only lived in the UK, but also love american sweets, as you live in Kent, you could try https://auntieammiescandy.com/ they are in Kent!!!
    I guess the only reason i watch your channel is because its fun, love your accent and the funny things you say about us britts

    Cheers

    Mart

  2. Hi Alanna.. just started watching your YouTube vids and they making me smile… a lot! So keep up the Canadianism humour… cheers

  3. Hi Alanna,

    You’re videos are excellent, and being English I can understand a lot of what you talk about (Except Marmite…. You just don’t understand Marmite… LOL)

    You’ve been here a while now, so would love to know how our National Health service stacks up against Canadian/US healthcare, and what you’re opinion is about the NHS. Do you have to have insurance for health care in Canada?? Our national health service is our treasure, and I honestly believe most if not all people in the UK would do anything to ensure it carries on……. It has had funding issues and mismanagement issues, but on the whole, it’s an excellent service, the doctors and nurses are often over worked, but that never seems to prevent them from trying deliver the best possible health care to people in the UK….. FOR FREE!!!

    Best regards,

    Andy

    • Hi Andy,

      Thanks so much for watching!! I’ve not needed the Canadian or UK health service that much (thankfully) but I believe they’re both a similar system. It’s the US that has a vastly difference system – I’ve heard stories of people going bankrupt in the US after getting cancer or a serious health issue because their healthcare is so expensive. Whereas my Dad recently had to undergo cancer treatment/surgery which was covered under the Canadian health system.

      Thanks again!

      Alanna

  4. Just found you on YouTube and have already watched several of your vlogs…..

    Sorry if you’ve already covered this and I haven’t found it yet, but have you thought about doing a vlog on the medical side of England, ie registering with a GP, dentist (ok we aren’t good with teeth….lol), Hospitals (NHS) etc.

    Could be in the format of what you had to do when you moved here, or more in the differences between UK (NHS) and Canada health system or just which areas are better / worse from your experience of the two.

    I loved your food tasting vlogs, I’m guessing you’ve eaten Fish & Chips & Sunday Roasts, but that could be another idea for some food vlogs

    Keep doing what you’re doing, loving them

    Cheers Mate x (LOL….)

    PS – Try After Eights and Biscuit & Raisin Yorkie (both chocolates)

  5. Hi Alanna
    Firstly I your videos are great and have had me laughing especially about the food. The one place in Canada I really like was Vancouver a really cool place. I was there when they were filming IRobot with Will Smith and at the same time they were filming Monk.
    I understand completely how you feel about living in a different country. I have for the last 7 years lived in San Antonio TX. The reason for this is my wife is American and she was in the US Navy and her last posting was in San Antonio she was stationed in England when we met which by coincidence was a pub. We are now in the process of moving back to Blighty and I can’t wait. Even though we spoke a common language in the US it was so different. The biggest thing for me was the heat unbelievably hot from March to Oct as high as 125f. Even going to the pub was an ordeal as we had to drive as the public transport was almost nonexistent as everybody wanted drive in their little steel box on wheels. Most of the food I would get from Whole foods or from World Market. Most Americans I encountered thought I was from Australia, South Africa, or even if you can believe it Canada.
    At least the NHS is free at point if use as it is paid for with peoples taxes. So you will get seen and you won’t be made homeless if you can’t pay. I can give some first hand experience of standing pricing in the US healthcare. I was working for the Texas dept. of criminal justice (TDCJ) when we were doing some defensive tactics training. I had to carry a guy who weighed 300lbs 40 yards in case there is a riot or some trouble. I picked him up and started walking and then dropped him after 10 yards as my back went. I was taken to the hospital and i was there for 2 hours. This was being taken care of by workers comp which is employers insurance for injuries at work. So a few weeks later i received a letter form the hospital explaining what the standard pricing was. To be in the hospital for the 2 hours $198000 (yes you read it right), The co-pay was $30, to see the nurse who examined me $150, The x-ray they took $71000, Injection for pain relieve $17000, somebody to hand me a prescription $98, all told my bill was something llke $358000 for them 2 hours. This was standard pricing for that hospital system. But also remember this was being being picked up by the TDCJ. They will negotiate the price to a level that both parties agree to.
    Well keep up the videos and keep smiling.

  6. Hi, Alanna. Just seen a couple of your blogs and I appreciate (now) how the language can infuriate both ways. I can’t believe you don’t have friends as you come across as a wonderful person, intelligent and witty. My heart goes out to you for those inconsiderate SODS who just want to be nasty for the sake of being nasty. I’m a Scot living in the North of England and I totally understand where you are coming from on the hybrid situation. Keep up the good work and I look forward to watching more of your blogs. Take care.

  7. I had a sabbatical to London Ontario in 1987. Loved it so much I wanted to emigrate but didn’t qualify. What really enjoyed me was that nearly all my Canadian friends could qualify for a UK passport. I couldn’t even get a temp work permit unlike people from Australia and NZ. Canadians at the time could work in the UK for a year. Not very fare!! Glad you like the UK.

  8. Ok just watched the latest one on books. EXCELLENT as always of course. If I have a really rough start to the week I know I have your video to look forward to. It really cheers me up.anyway WOW you really go for the DARK stuff but as you say not for everyone. You’ll need to find a Scottish person to explain the language in Trainspotting. Not read it but I appreciate it’s power. However I have to say thank you for the Name of the Wind. I like the sound of this, literally as I’ve bought it from Audible. The short 3 minute section I’ve just heard has me hooked.
    Stay cool and keep up the good work

  9. I think it is vital to the future of Anglo-Canadian relations that you use your excellent Youtube video series to extole the virtues (or otherwise) of the more traditional cuisine of the British Isles from your unique and eloquent immigrant perspective. A non-exhaustive list includes haggis, faggots, jellied eels, tripe, brawn and tongue.

  10. Hi, Alanna,
    I think your blogs are interesting and funny. Loved the driving one! I’m also an expat from Newcastle in England. Now living in Brisbane, Australia, so I can appreciate many of the things you’ve experienced. Well done! Keep them coming!

  11. Hi Alanna. You are so cute and interesting. I just moved back to E. Sussex from Florida and can relate to your comments. You mention “Goldfish” as one of your favorite Canadian (American?) snacks. Sure you are devastated by the current recall on salmonella issues. I fear that if Brexit really does happen, Britain will be subjected to a trade deal with the US which will relax strong EU food safety standards for more relaxed US standards, e.g chlorinated chicken and gmo’s. Any thoughts?

  12. Hi Alanna. I am a new subscriber on youtube. I just wanted to say hi. You have a wonderful perspective. You have an amazing personality. Keep up the good work. You can go as far as you want. Just keep doing what you do.

  13. Love the youtube videos. It is fascinating how the anglosphere finds England at its best and worst.

    You said in a video that you could not find Dandelion and Burdock for an Eat This. I found Feniman’s D&B in Asda, same aisle as the colas, and also in Waitrose. You cannot claim not to be able to find a Waitrose in Kent. I think I tried D&B once, but I’ve also tried Dandelion coffee!

    What about marmalade, a very English, or Scottish, spread for toast. Or for the truely mad, marmite and marmalade (together) on toast. Trust me, much better than it sounds, better than D&B!

    John.

  14. I’ve done the opposite thing, I went west, to the USA and have been here for 18 years. I also spent 6 months in Canada several years before that.

    Some of the things I like about the USA are –

    The extra space that you get to live, more elbow room, fully detached houses as normal etc.
    Free refills on soft drinks in restaurants.
    Cheap food.
    The right to bear arms.
    More opportunities.
    More sun
    HVAC, residential and commercial.
    Automatic transmission cars.
    Wide roads everywhere.
    I can stay in the same country and still get a world of different climates and scenery.
    Veterans are given extra perks in the USA.
    Catfish.
    The way people react to my accent, (amusing and good ).

    Some of the things that I miss about the UK –

    Proper fish and chips
    Pubs and nightclubs.
    Mild UK summers.
    The smell of the UK countryside in summer, I haven’t found the same thing here.
    A minimum of 4 weeks vacation a year by law (EU law, I believe).
    Lower crime rate.
    Less workaholic culture.
    More worker rights.
    Public transport.

  15. Hi Alanna,

    The US does have a different health system as it is not nationalised like the one in UK/Canada. This poses more issues for people who are poor or can’t afford insurance, but people who work in skilled professions generally earn higher salaries than their counterparts in UK and Canada and usually get good insurance through their employer, so they have no financial burden in regards to healthcare. The healthcare itself is also better in US due to shorter wait times and better physicians and facilities. Certain groups like Asian Americans also have better health outcomes and live much longer than brits and canadians.

    But it’s true that a privatised system can’t serve everyone, which is why there needs to be more public aspects in order to serve the less privileged.

    • That’s a mish mash of both systems then, a private healthcare system that also “helps” less fortunate peoplae. I am all for helping but you know that the insurance companies already use that reasoning ton jack up and rip off employees from low earners on up. It’s insurance companies that are the problem.

  16. Hi Alanna. Enjoy your videos. Differences in culture and how folk do day-to-day things in different countries has always fascinated me too. Would you consider doing a video on tipping culture and how it works in real world settings in North America? As a Brit this stresses me out quite a bit! Cheers