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The hardest part of travelling

FINLAND | Wed, 16 Aug 2017 | By tuulikki | Views [275]

It took a long time to realize that I am back. Well being honest I think I am still somewhere else. After four weeks back home it still feels a bit absurd saying I am back home. I actually did not think that coming back home would be the hardest phase ... Read more >

Tags: adaptation, backpacking, culture shock, dreams, home, homecoming, life, south-america, travelling surprises

Introduction to India..!

INDIA | Mon, 1 Aug 2016 | By butterfly-freed | Views [566]

The drive from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai (Tiru) takes about three hours which passes in a hazy state of excitement, jet lag and sensory-overload. Tamil Nadu province is full of vivid colours, abject poverty, beautiful green countryside, piles of rotting ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, first impressionsi, india, tamil nadu, tiruvannamalai

Are You Culture-Shocked Yet?

JAPAN | Tue, 23 Feb 2016 | By kakimono | Views [273]

Tuesday began the normal way, with several hours of Japanese class. We were finishing up chapter , which was nice, since chapter 1 wasn’t particularly interesting, and especially in conversation classes, I was starting to get sick of the same ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, genies, japanese, yokai

Day 1 in Delhi

INDIA | Mon, 24 Aug 2015 | By wheresmypants | Views [188]

This is an email wrote to my dad. I'm not in love with this place so far... But I have to give myself time to get adjusted. I guess it makes sense that it's not all rainbows and butterflies at the moment- I'm in one of the most chaotic cities in ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, delhi, loneliness

A tribute to Indonesia

CANADA | Wed, 21 May 2014 | By natashagan | Views [354]

“Where are you from?” a friend of mine asked. “Indonesia,” I said. He gazed up at the ceiling, as if picturing an atlas, wondering where Indonesia could possibly be on it. “It’s near Australia? You know where ... Read more >

Tags: canada, culture shock, indonesia, usa

On second thought, Kolkata

INDIA | Sun, 29 Sep 2013 | By tjrossi | Views [546]

To the uninitiated Kolkata seems a city of pure chaos.  At least that was my first impression.     Every type of transport jockeys for position on narrow streets with little or no pavements.  To get from A to B on foot you experience ... Read more >

Tags: beggars, culture shock, india, kolkata, rickshaw, traffic

Breaking Through Barriers - Bangkok

THAILAND | Wed, 17 Jul 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [828]

The first thing that hits you as you disembark in Bangkok is the wall of humid heat. After struggling with the ATM and then changing larger notes into smaller ones (a generally recommended practice), I search for the metered taxis. It is possible to ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, bangkok, culture shock, four faced budha, silom soi, taxi fare, temples

Stranded on the Delta

VIETNAM | Sun, 26 May 2013 | By paul_meet_world | Views [342]

While in Ho Chi Minh City, I met a fellow American named Rachel (from NC) who helped nudge me over a little boundary that had been holding me back most of my time in Asia. Every time I'd landed in a new country, I'd wound up spending all my time in the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, culture shock, sketchy, travel

An American in Ho Chi Minh City

VIETNAM | Tue, 21 May 2013 | By paul_meet_world | Views [282]

Landing in the airport of a foreign country for the first time is always a moment of disorientation. I'd been through Bali, Singapore, Thailand, but it seemed like Vietnam was something completely apart - a new kind of foreign-ness. Coming in to Ho Chi ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, motorbike

Chinese Culture Shock

CHINA | Sat, 7 Apr 2012 | By wi-niko | Views [1798]

7 April 2012 Here are the first of many Chinese culture observations.  I will post another again with more as I get accustom to the way of life here in Shanghai. 1. When entering or in a Chinese home house slippers much be worn.  No exceptions.... Read more >

Tags: china, culture shock, dirty, police

Welcome to Shanghai

CHINA | Fri, 30 Mar 2012 | By wi-niko | Views [636]

29 March 2012 Welcome to Shanghai the city that means rain.  It is day 1 in China after a grueling 24 hours of traveling from Wisconsin, USA.  I woke to find a gray and rainy day somewhere around 17 celcius. I traveled Asiana airlines from Chicago ... Read more >

Tags: asia, china, culture shock, fly, shanghai, travel

Life in Japan

JAPAN | Fri, 3 Feb 2012 | By shannarchy | Views [631]

My current location is Japan; at the moment I am studying Japanese as an exchange student. At my school in Montana, I study politics and history, here that isn't really an option, but I have wanted to see Asia since I was a young child and when ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, expectations, japan, new experiences, study abroad, tokyo

The 3 phases of living abroad

CHINA | Sat, 13 Aug 2011 | By sobrea | Views [601]

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Tags: culture shock, living abroad

ROCK OUT WITH YOUR CULTURE SHOCK OUT

AUSTRALIA | Sat, 17 Apr 2010 | By vantastic_nt | Views [1312] | Comments [3]

  When I first arrived in Australia, I knew what to expect in terms of sites and attractions – my Lonely Planet guidebook took care of that for me. What I didn’t know is what kind of culture shock I would experience, and what kind of customs ... Read more >

Tags: andrew adams, candy, culture shock, gas prices, money, northern territory, the little things, toilets, vantastic

Sticker Shock

AUSTRALIA | Fri, 12 Mar 2010 | By sarahreinertsen | Views [455]

Exactly one year from departing Australia, I returned to Adelaide on an overnight flight from Singapore. It was a beautiful March day - as most March days in Adelaide are - and I was excited to bring my trip full circle, as it were. Despite my lack ... Read more >

Tags: australia, culture shock

A Fistful of Rupees: Coping with Begging on Third World Trails

INDIA | Fri, 20 Nov 2009 | By travel-tips | Views [5651] | Comments [1]

Thanks so much to Jeff Greenwald from Ethical Traveler for this guest post.  Several years ago, on a solo trek in northern India, I was joined by an eight-year-old boy wearing a tattered red vest. He startled me with a phrase in perfect ... Read more >

Tags: beggars, begging, culture shock, ethical travel, india, poverty, responsible travel

You Think You Know But You Have No Idea... OR Getting Pinched By Old Ladies

VIETNAM | Wed, 7 Oct 2009 | By hannahandemma | Views [693] | Comments [2]

After a brief but fun 48 hour stop-over in S. Korea (where we went to a coffee shop and had our feet nibbled by fish - Weeds-style), we are finally in the 'Nam. Despite all of Hannah's extensive research (the woman takes OCD to a whole new "As ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, hanoi, south korea, vietnam

The heathen westerner

JAPAN | Mon, 30 Mar 2009 | By ladydowse | Views [431]

Something I have realised is that Japan makes me feel a bit like an uncivilised heathen. Not on purpose I’m sure. The first thing that strikes you is how incredibly polite everyone is, how calm and clean the subway trains are and how efficiently everything ... Read more >

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Touchdown in Delhi

INDIA | Fri, 17 Oct 2008 | By roam-if-you-want-to | Views [709]

My culture shock lay dormant as I arrived at Delhi airport at 2.30am. Perhaps it was the early hour that thwarted my expectations of a 'riot' - a vision handed to me by my husband who travelled to India when he was 21 (first time out of Glasgow!). ... Read more >

Tags: culture shock, delhi, positive footprints, the connaught, travel scholarships

Back in the USA...

USA | Sat, 22 Mar 2008 | By justine | Views [1227] | Comments [3]

As TS Eliot put it, “And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time.” Now that I'm back, I find myself in that place of culture shock where the world feels like it's upside down and I'm on ... Read more >

Tags: coming home, culture shock, observations, usa

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