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I Have Experienced Culture Shock

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    I Am Culture Shock

    Actually I am culture shock! I'm a dark shadowy paw of evil taboo in a lot of places I go outside of my scene. Many people are shocked by me on sight alone. It's funny because I can go into what is for me a total bore bar like the redneck or sports kind and wind up with girls...
    Vyjena Vyjena 46-50, T 1 Response Feb 26, 2012

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    I guess this is more reverse culture shock

    than culture shock. After I graduated from college, I moved to Prague to teach English (what else do you do with a B.A. in English). I lived in Europe once before when I studied abroad, and I'd traveled there a few times. I love Europe and in many ways I feel more at home...
    NorseGirl12 NorseGirl12 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2013

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    Lawdy, This Southern Girl In Dc!

    I used to think I was pretty cosmopolitan and took pride in my eclectic collection of friends from all walks of life. Yup, I thought it would be a piece of cake. My friend and I went to DC this year in the spring for a business trip and I was so excited to finally go above the...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2008

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    Eeep

    going from london to germany when i was 6 wasnt too bad, i was too young and more worried about the fact that me and my mum had run away   but after a year of doing a lot of changing and growing, to go from a quite village in the middle of a forest with just me and my mum...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F Nov 19, 2008

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    Surprising Shock

    Believe it or not, I experienced culture shock when I went to England. Because we speak the same language, we tend to assume that other things about our cultures are the same. Truth be told, there are a vast number of differences. For example, in the US when you go into a bar, it...
    paigan72 paigan72 41-45, F Aug 7, 2011

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    A Dress Story

    When I went to spend a year in England I wasn't expecting culture shock at all, but it turned out you can always be surprised. In my case, it was seeing flocks of girls going clubbing half drunk half naked in the middle of winter! And it was barely 10.30 pm. My theory is that...
    aubergineblue aubergineblue 22-25, F Jun 15, 2011

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    Moving Back to the States

    yeah. I was suprised how much I missed Europe. When I came back everything is so industrial, so much litter everywhere, not alot of green. Buildings and houses aren't built to last long and aren't aesthetically beautiful without meaning to, just faux grandeur. I was biking...
    bonsaisamurai bonsaisamurai 16-18, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2008

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    Aftershocks

    After two years, I stil got aftershocks constantly. The most recent aftershock...I found out my next door roommate is gay. Actually I have known this for over a week. But everytime I see him being with his boyfriend, I feel kinda weird. I am not a  homophobia, but it is...
    winniebree winniebree 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2008

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    Every Family Has a Culture

     I have encountered culture shock in Mexico and in China. It made for some mounting tension between my American friend who was with me, my two Mexican friends and myself. It humiliated and humbled me in China. But the most shocking culture shock I've ever experienced is the...
    NaomiZero NaomiZero 26-30, F 4 Responses May 14, 2009

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    A Couple of Times

    I grew up in utah being raised in a mormon family.  We moved to virginia, and I found it hard to deal with the fact that none of the other kids at school were mormon.  I was still somewhat shut into myself, and my mom did everything she could to keep me isolated...
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2008

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    Rome

    I went to Rome last October, and really, all those new impressions caused me headaches and dizziness. Too much culture. That can happen. I never knew.
    JojaRodenaLente JojaRodenaLente 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 1, 2009

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    On Ep!

    Initially I did have a bit of culture shock. Now I am comfortable with everyone here. I am from India and I have never travelled to a different country. Of-course I did watch world news, read a lot about different cultures,places and people. But here I understood the...
    tenderfoot1 tenderfoot1 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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    Culture Shock. Feeling Physically Ill And Unable To Get Up For 2 Days.

    There are many times I thought I should have experienced culture shock but the time that I did, was totally unexpected. I had been out of the country for over two years. I had many harrowing stories in many cultures but I got through it. My last jump was a flight on a cargo plane...
    dano66 dano66 51-55 Sep 15, 2013

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    Romania

    My parents always holidayed in Donegal which in itself is a culture shock, as life is very much more at ease and relaxed.  No-one tends to stress about anything, there is an open door policy to each person's homes and everyone is accepted family and trusted. My first time...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 30, 2008

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    I Experienced Culture Shock Without Moving To Another Country Or Another Area.

    I've traveled these United States extensively and lived in many, MANY places, but the worst culture shock I have ever experienced happened when, a few months ago,  I moved into a new community in an area where I had been snow-birding.  I find myself surrounded by vicious...
    GailG3 GailG3 61-65, F 2 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    Experienced

    I experience culture shock most times since I live in an area where there's hardly any other Goths like Me to be seen
    MaskedVulgarity MaskedVulgarity 41-45, F Sep 3, 2011

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    Different Worlds

    I am from Hawaii, the island of Oahu. I was always used to certain ways of living. I moved to the mainland USA in the beginning of 2009. All my life in Hawaii, it was not shocking to call others Brother, Sister, Aunty, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa. It was not shocking to hug and be...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Jul 21, 2013

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    Geographic Prejudice Runs Rampant.

    Story, by someone else, experience just like mine.Geographic Prejudice Runs Rampant. Ex-new Yorker Tired Of Being Labeled Abrupt,' 'rude' October 31, 1991|By Terrie Spiegel There are people who are biased against blacks - just because of their skin color - as there are people who...
    SpiceZ SpiceZ 56-60, F Sep 16, 2012

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    Malawi Africa

    I was a missoinary in Malawi Africa for 8 months. It was an expierence I'll never forget. Since I've lived there I have grown to appreciate the USA more than I ever did before.  The culture there is so much different than it is here. The people there act and think so...
    walkingonfaith walkingonfaith 31-35 2 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    You Have Got to Be Kidding

    I grew up in Oakland CA My freshman year of high school my mom moved us to the small town of Crescent City near the Oregon border. the first time I am going through town I see a person driving their horse drawn wagon to town I asked my is there a parade or some thing she said...
    librakitty05 librakitty05 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2008

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    Jamaica.

    The first time I went to Jamaica, back in 2000, I was in shock.  The first place we had gone, Grand Caymen Island, was so nice and beautiful.  But Jamaica was not so nice.  I think we just stopped off at the wrong port.  Ocho Rios.  A lot of people have...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 14 Responses May 15, 2009

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    Not Cool!

    I went to visit my sister in a state I won't name and she took me to walmart and when I saw the people working there, I thought it was one of those walmarts for special people who are not all the way there in the head. It turns out, that was the way everyone looked in that state...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 9, 2011

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    Culture Shock!!!

    i have certainly excperienced culture shock, when i moved to scotland from south africa!!! just the amount of alcohol that people drink here in scotland is astonishing!! lol i'll never forget the day, i think it was just a couple of days after we arrived from south africa in 2001...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 9 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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    And I Love It

      I have experienced Culture Shock, and I love it !!! That is pretty much the reason why I travel and the source of many of my memories. Culture shock is what has  given me the opportunity to appreciate differences. It is a learning experience. It allows me to see life...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses May 15, 2009

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    I Love Some Foreign Culture And Seeing How They Differ From My Own

    I travel sometimes in my line of work. I've met people from around the world that have congregated in a single spot on the globe to work together. But one thing seems to amaze me. The culture of my business isn't as straight forward as we Americans think. When we have...
    UpOnDaRoof UpOnDaRoof 36-40, M Sep 4, 2012

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    An Unintentional Cultural Blunder

    I live in and was born in S.Africa but my ancestors are from England and Italy. I had an English upbringing. This is an experience which took place under rather serious circumstances but years later I discovered something quite amusing about it. It took place maybe about 10 years...
    wraithorn wraithorn 41-45, M 1 Response May 15, 2013

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    Lately since I've been home I have experienced a lot!!!! From foreplay to crazy stuff happening to getting in trouble . So here come a whole lot of teenage mistakes and teenage...
    dianasfantasyworld dianasfantasyworld 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 7

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    This begins 5 years ago. I met a girl 5 years ago and we became close. I was young &full of life. Overtime, we decided that we would marry and perhaps have a family one day. I...
    waqman1 waqman1 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 5

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    1. I've been to Yosemite 2. I've seen baby hummingbird nests outside my window 3. I have seen Mt. Rushmore 4. I've been to the Grand Canyon 5. I've won several photography...
    mguinm mguinm 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I have had sex with four girls fine in the past, but with my current gf it won't go in n goes down to semi and I can't get it in. It's really frustrating both of us and I don't...
    ilikemovies172 ilikemovies172 22-25, M Dec 27, 2014

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    First let me explain that during this experience we lived in a 400 unit tract of new homes and our house was the last house on a dead end street. The I-5 Freeway was about seven...
    drivinjim drivinjim 70+, M Jan 4

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    1. I have travelled to Canada 2. I was born in March 3. I have 2 step sisters and 1 step brother. 4. I grew up on a farm in Iowa 5. I have a degree in Biomedical Engineering but...
    azsixgun6646 azsixgun6646 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 5

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    I lost my mother last January. I think that was the hardest thing that I have had to deal with. She was my best friend. There isn't a day that goes by that I think of her.
    Camo74 Camo74 36-40, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    To the point where * hated seeing people happy and prosperous. Usually to people with a lot of or good friends. Its a sick, pathetic feeling.
    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    Birthday parties....thanksgiving dinner....Christmas day morning....my christmas comicbook presents....New Years Eve fondue....2014 So much loss Papa God.... Its like someone...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 1

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    Many times. Inevitable part of life, sadly. Either friends you grow up with move away. Or family members pass away. And whilst the pain of loss does lessen over time. They all...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Jan 9

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    I experienced more racism when moving to an "affluent" area of Northern VA, just outside of DC. I've had more racist encounters here than I have had in almost a decade. Because...
    MrMeToo305 MrMeToo305 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    Last night I experienced something that I hope to be sleep paralysis. I hope it to be sleep paralysis because I would not want to accept the reality that comes with that of it not...
    gabrielle1722 gabrielle1722 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    When I was in high school, I dated black male classmates. We would go to dinner, the junior and senior proms, and movies together with others staring at my black boyfriend and me...
    fustratedmom fustratedmom 36-40, F 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    Completely made up (I think) I was just really bored one day and got lost in crazy ideas and references from other sites so here it is: It started with this quote/experience by...
    RedCatHunting RedCatHunting 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    BPD is ruining my relationships. I have experienced a long string of turmoil with family and friends. Most of the time I feel as though the responsibility should be shared, but...
    mjs74 mjs74 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    I am old enough now to have experienced many things by virtue of simply having a lot of days vertical. I have been both the best candidate for the job and the worst. Not at the...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 5 Responses Jan 14

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    I feel like hell... any of u have experienced this? When would vomiting stop....
    Dareme66 Dareme66 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Last weekend i went on holidays with my new girlfriend and her family. I unfortunately left my bag at home with all my clothes packed in so i had no clothes or underclothes. Her...
    masteryoungboy masteryoungboy 18-21, M 6 hrs ago

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    Looking to get a three quarters sleeve asap. Central theme would be a panda, the rest would be anything relating to the pandas culture eg Asian culture or what it represents...
    EndowedPanda EndowedPanda 18-21, M 14 hrs ago

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    I been in two hospital and four different doctors because my leg is swollen stiff can't move my toes are ankle and I can't walk, I have a dead frozen leg, and am on crutches the...
    Gold40 Gold40 46-50, F 7 hrs ago

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    Well, actually, I just wanted to let everyone know I returned from vacation. I have been to another country... more than one... most recently, Japan, Barbados, UK (near London...
    Taurusedi Taurusedi 31-35, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I'm in the legal department; I have a Paralegal certificate but this isn't what I want in my life. I've been to multiple offices, worked different positions, and worked in...
    bahamam4m4 bahamam4m4 22-25, F 11 hrs ago

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