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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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

Tegucigalpa

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

I had visited many times.

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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?

I speak enough to get by. Learned most before I moved. But there are many people willing to help you here.

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

No. I love the culture.

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?

Not really. Key to living in Honduras is have lots and lots of patience. Then, life can be great.

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.

More happiness. More relaxed.

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

You can slow down and enjoy life. I love how people are so friendly and take time for one another.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Use lots of common sense. Be aware. Crime rate is high.

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

Slow down, relax, and enjoy.

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