Who knew I’d have culture shock when I came HOME? Not me! That’s for sure!

From the moment I touched down in New York, to getting to my next gate, to finally arriving home, everything was so different.

Getting off of the plane in New York, I was greeted by unfriendly customs employees. Next, was security, with more unfriendly employees. I had just come from Thailand, the land of smiles, where everyone is nice to you, no questions asked. Seeing my own culture living the opposite of this was heartbreaking. My emotions may have been heightened from the lack of sleep, but I genuinely felt like crying. I wasn’t prepared to deal with their cold and bitter personalities.

By the time I arrived at my next gate, I had heard the word ‘f*ck’ three times in passing. I was baffled at how freely everyone was using it, and with no regard to anyone that was around them. Hanging out with kids everyday, I obviously never used that type of language, so hearing it again was a shock, and not a good one.

I had been in America for approximately 20 minutes before I was ready to leave again. My negative experiences in the airport made me nervous to have to live on my own in this culture. In America, you fend for yourself. In Thailand, people help you without hesitation, language barrier and all. You don’t even have to ask. They do things out of the goodness of their heart. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it.

As I said in my last post, I’m attending school in Cleveland now. I’m learning how to live on my own again. It’s been scary and uncomfortable, but I’m slowly readapting to the American way of life. I have to be honest though, I don’t love it. It’s making me look forward to the day I can live in another country again. I feel most comfortable when I’m halfway across the world. Strange, I know, but I also know I’m not the only one that feels that way.

What are some ways you cope with culture shock? Comment below!

Stephanie

P.S. I FINALLY purchased a domain name for my blog! This is my first post on the new domain! (https://globalwordnerd.com) Woohoo!!