Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Toronto, Canada
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?
Moving to Canada soon?
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, already spoke the language.
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
No, I knew about it and had experienced it several times before in other countries and expected it so I read a lot about Canada and observed the culture shock as we went through it.
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!
The "embarrassing" blunder we committed is actually leaving our dandelions in the garden because we like them. It's one of the few flowers children are actually allowed to pick in abundance. However, according to several of my friends, it is actually "asocial" to have dandelions in your garden because you "contaminate" the gardens around you and trouble your neighbours who will therefore have to work harder getting rid of theirs. I am still in culture shock and feel sad about this desire to eradicate innocent natural plants (including forget-me-nots, lilies of the valley, and many other beautiful wildflowers which don't cause any harm.)
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