Culture shock is not easy, and never will be.
So, why do we get culture shocks?
The way I look at it; it's part of human behavior.
We're born and used to the surroundings at home. It's comfortable because you already know those surroundings in and out. But when you arrive to a new country, you're not in our old surroundings anymore.
That makes most of us uncomfortable and disoriented.
I'll give you an example!
I traveled to Mumbai and took a taxi from the airport to town. When I stepped out of the taxi, I walked down the road to find a guesthouse.
I felt suddenly paralyzed by what I saw:
A man peeing next to a small shop in a packed street, in the middle of the day. He seemed to be pretty comfortable with it.
Then I finally found a guesthouse... with goats standing in my way.
And when I finally got to the reception, there were four Indian men staring at me... constantly. They were so obvious and focused. I felt really uncomfortable about it because I didn't know what the h*** was wrong with these people!
A) We're brought up by our parents to NOT stare at people
B) We're brought up to pee in a toilet, not in the streets (unless you're drunk and have to do an emergency leak) and...
C) goats belong to farms, not in the big cities in front of the guesthouses..
But with time I got used to the staring, peeing and goats. I was told that staring is something every Indian man does, for no reason. So, differences are neither bad or good, just different. It's just the way it is.
So, we can't fight the cultural differences even if they collide with our cultural values, so why bother..?
First of all:
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