25 People Share The Culture Shock They Experienced When Travelling Abroad


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The world may be small but there is plenty to see and experience. The number of different cultures to discover is bigger than most people are able to cover in their lifetime. The culture shock some people experience is worth sharing because it describes things that are usually curious to learn. The list below shares a few of these moments.

1. The Australian

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Here is something one person from Australia found it hard to believe and we cannot blame them, actually. Deep frying cheese is something that is not popular in all countries.

2. The taboo

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It is no secret that people in France are usually very open-minded and you can discuss pretty much everything with them. However, this is not so in other countries including the U.S.

3. The shock

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This person happens to be unique because they grew up in different parts of the world and they always thought that they were American until they started living in the U.S.

4. The questions 

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It seems that people living in India are used to being married to people their parents find for them which almost never happens in the U.S. This is why the person felt awkward.

5. The kettles

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Here is yet another difference that one person noticed between the U.S. and the majority of the Commonwealth countries. It appears that kettles are not a standard household item in the U.S.

6. The stalls

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This is something we have all wondered about, especially those of us who have been to other countries. The doors on toilet stalls need to be as long as possible and not the other way around.

7. The Turkish person

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This person enjoyed the order they saw when they lived in Germany. It is a country where everyone follows the rules and this is not exactly so in Turkey where things are very different.

8. The hospitality

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Iranians are known for their hospitality and the nature of that is actually weird because you cannot refuse the food they offer you, so you will eat until you burst only not to insult the host.

9. The history book

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Sometimes, culture shocks are not related to nations. This person found it hard to believe that some individuals considered this book to be full of actual events.

10. The difference

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This Dutch person was flabbergasted when they visited Canada because everything there seemed big to them. It is true that the scale of things in Canada is probably bigger than in most countries.

11.The iguanas 

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Here is one difference that could shock almost everyone. It appears that those who visit Puerto Rico for the first time would be intimidated by all the iguanas that are as common as squirrels in other countries.

12. The relocation 

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Here is something that many people who move to the U.S. start noticing shortly after they settle. People are polite enough to ask them how they are all the time and that can be puzzling at first.

13. The baby

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There seems to be a ton of differences between African and European cultures and this one was obvious to this African person. We guess their culture has a point here.

14. The Norwegian

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Here is how one Norwegian person decided to spend a year in New Zealand. The openness of the locals stunned him and he needed some time to get used to it.

15. The barefoot people

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Here is yet another thing about the ways in New Zealand that a foreigner noticed. They were shocked to see that people walked barefoot pretty much everywhere.

16. The language

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Here is how one person decided to move to Australia and thought there will not be a language barrier. It turned out that the English they spoke was very different compared to what the person expected.

17. The nudity 

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It seems that this is one of those cultural differences that will never become a thing of the past. This person learned first-hand that there are many things that are considered inappropriate in the U.S.

18. The holiday

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It appears that the Japanese are way ahead of many other cultures in terms of development. Their discipline is incomparable to most of the other countries and that is a fact.

19. The waste

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There are many things we could say about this but we can simply mention it is pretty much the truth. Being part of a wealthy nation means that people would feel comfortable with producing waste.

20. The trip

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This is yet another example of everything that is wrong with the world today. It appears that a Canadian would always find this hard to digest regardless of where it happens.

21. The public transportation 

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There are many things that foreigners compare to their home countries once they visit the U.S. It seems that this person was surprised to find out that public transportation on the Old Continent was better.

22. The Netherlands 

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We all know how the medical system in the U.S. works. Compared to most of the countries in Europe, this might be one of the most shocking things an American could see there.

23. The greeting

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Here is how one person was forced with a cultural difference that almost ended up in a negative way. The Maori man insisted on the traditional greeting and the other person delivered.

24. The politicians 

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It seems that this is something people would never get tired of in the U.S. Many politicians there have a status similar to a Hollywood celebrity while in reality, they are public servants.

25. The surprise

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Here is yet another person who was quite surprised to see the ways the Japanese live by. Things are really different there.

 


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