Indications of reverse culture shock

welcome BACK...

I’ve been back in the good ol’ US of A for a whole month now. Here are some of the little things that have really driven the point home:

  • You get in the elevator on the ground level of the airport parking lot. It claims to be on “level 1.”
  • You forgot about half of the things you left in your closet. While unpacking you exclaim at the top of your lungs, “I have so many clothes!” And you haven’t even gone shopping yet.
  • It’s weird that you don’t have to use adaptors for your all your plugs.
  • You wake up to hear voices speaking in a foreign language outside your window. But it isn’t French.
  • You have to learn how to use your iPhone again.
  • Your brain no longer has to struggle to function in Celsius, kilograms or centimeters.
  • A decent bottle of wine costs more than 2 euros, even after you do the conversion.
  • When you go out to lunch, you don’t have to aggressively ask for the check as soon as the waiter clears your plate. He or she just knows to bring it. But…
  • You have to leave tips again. Ugh.
  • You open up the carton of generic supermarket eggs and they’re a shocking white rather than the natural brown.
  • You don’t have to bag your own groceries while simultaneously scrambling to pay for them, all the while feeling like you’re being shoved out the door, anymore.
  • You avoid leaving the house by indulging in marathon viewings of “Game of Thrones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Deadwood.”


  1. Jamie · · Reply

    Those are good clues, indeed!

  2. everything you have said is so true. more difficult than you would expect! the worst for me has been the tips, taxes and expensive wine! Also, I keep catching myself saying “oh in France they (we)…” . I feel like people are probably very tired of this :-/ haha, but I can’t help it!

    1. I definitely know what you mean. We try not to be that obnoxious person who only ever talks about her time abroad, but it’s hard to turn off when it’s been your life for such a significant amount of time.

  3. Ashley · · Reply

    the egg colour was HUGE for me. The first time I opened a carton I was honestly shocked.

    1. I almost had a panic attack, no joke.

  4. Carlitos · · Reply

    loved the last one!!!

    For me …not possible to drink water straight from the tap!! damn hehe

    1. Oh man I would miss that so much! I always drink tap water!

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