Dictionary.com defines "culture shock" as:
a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual
who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange or foreign
social and cultural environment.
I have learned from experience that culture shock comes in waves...
You never really get over culture shock when you are living outside your own culture.
Everything is just different.
Especially for this California girl who moved to South Korea.
It's true, there are some things that you just end up getting used to.
For example, I will probably seem very rude if I ever move back the States
because I will never say "God bless you" after people sneeze,
I will yell loudly to beckon my waiter to come take my order
and I will never say "Excuse me" after bumping into someone at the grocery store
but instead just continue to plow right through them towards the check out.
I will also seem very strange because I will hand everyone everything with two hands,
bow my head to folks multiples times during conversations,
and cross the street boldly whenever I please, regardless of crosswalk or walk sign.
Something I will never get used to (and never stop giggling about)
is the hilarious use of the English language here in Asia.
Here is just a sampling of some of the funnies we've sneaked photos of:
We had to be sneaky and snapped a blurry photo, so if you can't make it out, it reads:
"Nobody gives a sh*t.
And now, it all makes sense.