The World of Chinese wrote this great post recently about reverse culture shock. As I am about to head off for a month of exploring the great historical sites (and the pizza shops) of Italy, I can’t help but wonder whether I will feel the same way as I leave Shanghai and arrive in a much more Westernized environment.
The blog post talked about adoring the pushing and shoving on the trains, the odd variety of potato chips, the ability to converse in a foreign language every day, and the cheapness of this country.
I would have to add that some of the things I never thought I would love are the group picture taking with me front and center, the pointing at me because of my white skin, the insanity of standing in a Chinese line while trying to get a bus or train ticket, or the weird but delicious street vendor’s food options.
What will I do when I’m not constantly checking on my iPhone to see how high the PM 2.5 index has reached today? How many times will I blurt out, “Xie xie” to someone when I am saying thank you? Will I be overwhelmed by all the other people that look like me? I have become so used to being an American living and working in CHINA that I’m not quite sure how it will feel to be back in a Western culture.
Well, more updates to come! Stay tuned for my month long January adventures in Rome, Madrid, London, and Dubai!
To see the original blog post from The World of Chinese, you can follow this link here (http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2013/12/reverse-culture-shock/#comment-38727).