I Have Experienced Culture Shock

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 264 People

    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...
    SqueegeeBeckenheim SqueegeeBeckenheim
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 7, 2013

    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

    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
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2008


    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
    13 Responses May 15, 2009

    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...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses May 15, 2009

    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


    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


    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
    3 Responses Nov 30, 2008


    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

    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
    1 Response Dec 12, 2008

    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
    36-40, M
    8 Responses Oct 14, 2009

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Dec 13, 2008


    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

    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

    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
    Sep 15, 2013

    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

    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
    1 Response Mar 9, 2011

    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

    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
    2 Responses May 14, 2009

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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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