So, I have been in South Korea for almost 2 months. I am really enjoying it, in spite of the language barrier and missing my loved ones back home.
Apparently, there are 4 stages that one undergoes when they move to another country: Honeymoon phase, Culture Shock phase, Adaptation phase, and finally, Reverse Culture Shock phase. The first month was exciting and overwhelming, and I coped with the stress and change by often going straight home from school, relaxing, and then sleeping about 10 hours every night,and only going out on the weekends. Well, now I'm in my second month, am feeling much more relaxed, and haven't felt the "culture shock" that I was expecting, though I did have a brief honeymoon, and tend to have a honeymoon all over again when I travel to an exciting place (this week it was rock-climbing at Mt. Samaksan) and then I return to normal, whatever that is. :-)
As for "Reverse Culture Shock", I think that I may find American food bland-tasting, since I have been growing accustomed to dakgalbi and kimchi. I'm not sure what other form of "reverse culture shock I will experience. Maybe I will be shocked to hear English spoken everywhere.:-P
For those of you who are over here in South Korea or were over here and have since gone back home, did you experience any of the aforementioned stages? Did you experience them in the typical order?
Current Mood: curious