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I Have Experienced Culture Shock

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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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    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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    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 10 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Aug 7, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses May 14, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Dec 13, 2008

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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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    Iambadluna Iambadluna 13-15, F Mar 23

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    I had this cousin, her and I were so close. She was like a sister to me, we were best friends. I loved her. I know how cliche and pathetic this may sound. But I would have laid...
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    Well first of all my english is horrible. I lost my dad almost two years ago and for some reason since then seems like my entire existence is pointless; i feel he was the glue...
    FunnyEnglish FunnyEnglish 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I had tried and practiced for a long time and I made a highlighter roll to me. And it wasn't gravity either because it was on carpet. I also moved paper once. I haven't tried it in...
    justaGeneralization justaGeneralization 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Hey everyone my name is Aneesah and I have just been diagnosed with psychosis and mild depression.Just a little history :so last year this time i tried to commit suicide i...
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    Okay, someone help, I have no freaking idea what is going on. Why am I so weird all of a sudden. Telekinetic is a very real thing. Sometimes I get the fact that it's totally...
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    I am wondering what the difference is between a syncope attack and a seizure, because I seem to be getting both, and I have a lot of after-effects like an hour or two of confusion...
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    When I was 11 years old my dad died from asbestosis, at 16 my mum had a bad stroke and died when I was 21. One year later my half brother died from a heart attack and three years...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M Mar 23

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    Originally diagnosed with a bacterial ear infection, I actually had Shingles that lead to Bells palsy / Ramsey Hunt syndrome, with the usual symptoms. This is the first time I've...
    johnsonfamily38 johnsonfamily38 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 26

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    ...to snap me into attention my name was spoken and I heard it with every atom of my body, felt the vibrato in my bones...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 29

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    WE LOVE YOU YET WE SAW YOU NOT.... We love you yet we know you not Your fleeting presence ne'er forgot Yet even in your so short stay You brought such joy along the way. We'll...
    progeo progeo 51-55, M Apr 2

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    My brother in1998, he committed suicide , I blame myself for not helping him as much as I did
    mauricefleury1984 mauricefleury1984 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    I was recently applied for a promotion at work. I'd been doing several parts of the job already and was told of the applicants I was the most qualified... I really needed the step...
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    We can talk around it all day but the fact remains different races have different cultures. That being said that's what makes it enjoyable for me. Learning new and different ways...
    Marcvette Marcvette 31-35, M Mar 31

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    So I have experienced this a couple of times, usually when i lie on my back but not always. The most terrifying experience I had was when I felt both my feet getting grabbed by the...
    Ziako Ziako 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    Hi, my name is Jocelyn and I've been in an interracial relationship for almost three years now. I'm black and he is white. I've always dated outside of my race, no particular...
    Slumbergirl92 Slumbergirl92 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 8

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    I have been having terrible headache that starts at the base of the back of my head and ends behind me eyes. My PCP said, "it is probably just a pinched nerve". She said she...
    schnauzermom1 schnauzermom1 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    Growing up was fun for me... Until like around 7th grade. My sister is 3 years younger than me. I'm 14 and she's 11. I've always been taller than her until the beginning of 7th...
    unclecj4 unclecj4 13-15, M Mar 24

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    6 months, 377 applications sent, 18 weeks of unemployment, 3 in-person interviews and 1 lump sum severance check later, I, Jai Ferrell, a 10-year entertainment marketing...
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    I feel like there is some mental blockage in my mind, from all the trauma I have experienced in my life. I don't want to see a therapist I don't have the money for that and I just...
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    I absolutely love EDM. There's so much about it. And I love the culture as well but there's just so much unPLUR now a days. I've been to a 10 dollar trap show and experienced the...
    GDlifestyle GDlifestyle 22-25, M Mar 26

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    The second friend I made at university turned out to be a worse decision than dropping maths in high school. I recently found out from my friend she's been saying truly nasty...
    Skadiv Skadiv 18-21 2 Responses Apr 8

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    I got back from a family party a while ago. Most of the time there was spent listening to my younger cousins talking about parties, druggies, drinking, messed up relationships, and...
    almaera almaera 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    Beliefs/Religions Sorry if this seems sarcastic because I am. I think we all have the rights to believe in anything we want. I always try to accept the fact that people have...
    Chirogymnast Chirogymnast 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    Hi I'm Danny it's pretty hard for me to write and get my words across so please excuse me if your struggling to understand me and my family have never been close as there has...
    Dannyharrison01 Dannyharrison01 26-30, M Mar 25

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    I have overcome Schizophrenia!!! Who the SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED.....From the moment I fell when I was 19----The voices told me that I sold my soul! I was redeemed! I had just...
    Jesusfoundme Jesusfoundme 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I'm fluent in three languages (arabic french and english) and I know some german but I don't think it's enough, I want to learn as many as I can , I need to find out more about...
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    I'm in Tokyo on business at the moment and am loving Japanese culture. The food, history, language (I am struggling with that!), are fascinating to me. Travel is such a gift...
    ericpaz1967 ericpaz1967 46-50, M Apr 12

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