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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Panama City, Panama

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Panama City

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?


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If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

Yes I do, but learnt it along my way. Had a few lessons, but only to the extent of ordering a beer etc

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

A little, but it was kind of exciting too

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

large, still is every day, but its a part of the way of life for me now

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

Pretty much nail on the head with that.

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

a little homesickness and a irrational urge to compare to everything to how it would be at home.

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

Respect for the family, Community Spirit, Patriotism

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Rejection and/or jealousy of expats Driving!

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

Not officially asking my girlfriend out was one. Apparently you have to do it formally one night. Went 6 weeks with a girl, didn't ask her out formally (because you would assume that's it) but you have to ask here to officially make you exclusive boyfriend and girlfriend! who knew...

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