Most expats or immigrants have gone through a so-called culture shock. Those come in different intensities, and we may experience them in different phases. Culture shocks might be interesting and positive, but they can also turn out to be the exact opposite. They can make us feel limited, not accepted or valued, they can confuse us or make us wish we had never left our home country.
Also there are reverse culture shocks. We might go through those when we return to our home country, where everything is or seems very different, all of a sudden. Some of us might be having a hard time getting used to home again, either because our home has changed or because we have changed through our experience abroad. Or both.
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(Photo of Plovdiv’s Old Town: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)