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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Dublin, Ireland

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

Dublin

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

No

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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've learned English before I moved abroad.

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

Not much.

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

At the beginning it was fine, then I've found things which I didn't like much, then I came up to a balance, I accept those things while I'm able to build my daily life with new things I enjoy.

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?

Yes!

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.

Depression and frustration, but I moved on by finding new things to do. Not homesickness, I'm eagger to move somewhere else, but not to come back to my original country.

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

Multicultural environment, ability to travel more, possibilities seem to be expanded here as compared to Argentina/Latin America, more connection with the spiritual side of human being.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Drinking culture, but beside that, not much more.

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

Not that I remember, but I'm surely did..

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

Build your bubble, try to make friends, find yourself a routine, try something new you wouldn't have tried back home, dedicate time to learn the local language, be humble everywhere you go, listen before talking, and when things are rough, give yourself a gift, greet yourself.

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