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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Guatemala City, Guatemala

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

Guatemala City

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

no not at all

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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?

not much but I have learned enough to get by

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

not really

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

not so bad

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?

A little frustrated but appreciate the culture for what it is.

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 bit lonely and I seem to be more reserved than ever because I feel like I have to be cautious who I trust

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

Beautiful country and everyone is very friendly.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

The language and culture differences makes it difficult to make friends.

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

I still am cautious when I say huevos, mispronouncing is embarrassing.

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

Would be nice to find some others living in the city who speak English and also need friends.

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