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Every expatriate has to find a way to create a new life in a new culture. When it doesn't go well for any number of reasons, expats often experience "Culture Shock." Please share some of your experiences adapting to a new culture after moving overseas.

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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?

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.

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

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

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