You have a lot of 'reverse culture shock' tags. What is that?
Basically the same thing as culture shock, but when you return to your “home” country/culture. I put home in quotations because I truly do not feel home here anymore.
Culture shock has very distinctive stages that everyone, to some degree, goes through.
The first, the Honeymoon Phase, is when things are great. The food is amazing, everything new is incredible, everything is fantastic. Every new discovery is an amazing experience.
Then, there’s the Negotiation Phase, which really sucks (that’s what I’m in now). You get anxiety and frustration about everything new and start comparing it to your previous society/culture, and everything seems subpar to said previous society/culture. Suddenly people aren’t as friendly, you are frustrated with the language barrier, and you feel a sense of isolation and loneliness.
Then, there’s the Transition Phase. This is when your language improves, you get into a pattern and a routine and things seem good again. The culture starts to make sense and you feel included in its society.
Some people have no reverse culture shock, and others, like me, have had stronger culture shock returning “home” than the initial culture change. I’m actually considering working on gaining citizenship and attending graduate school in the European Union and Belgium because I feel so much more at home there than here in America. That may change once I get back into rhythm here, but I miss it so much and I just don’t feel comfortable in America anymore.