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?
None other than reading and hitting the internet
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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?
Did not learn Spanish before hand, have learned a little. Can get along without knowing Spanish fairly easily
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
No, we knew it would be different but that was OK
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How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
Not much, we are close enough to the states that we are not in deep immersion
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, there are things to learn like the things you need to learn whenever you move to a new area in the US.
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.
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
The family orientation of the Mexico people, the way the kids behave themselves when they are out on family events.
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
Learning not to expect the same conveniences as the US.
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