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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Vicenza, Italy


The Teatro (Olympic Theatre) in Vicenza, Northern Italy

An expat in Vincenza, Italy offers a quick glimpse of his impression of life in Northern Italy.

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

Vicenza

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

I have lived in Italy before.

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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?

Some, but not fluently.

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

No

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

Minimal

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, in trying to get my permenant residence papers, driver's license, etc.

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 little homesick sometimes.

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

The food, the ancient cities and towns, the overall culture and natural beauty of the country.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Dealing with the noise of the city.

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

No

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