Culture shock

You would think that when you move from one Western country to another Western country, you wouldn’t experience too much of a culture shock. However, there are still a few things that caught me by surprise*. So here are some things I am definitely not used to conveniently listed in the form of mildly related memes:

1. Everybody is always saying “Hi” or “Hello” or “Good Morning.” You’d go for a run, and every time you pass someone they would actually say something out loud rather than making that awkward grimace smile thing.

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I’m the queen of this face.

On a different but slightly related note, saying “hello” apparently catches Londoners off guard too.

2. Turning right on red. So not used to that.

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I’m so sorry, I’m not from here.

3. Driving an automatic.

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4. I don’t have to put the groceries in a bag myself in the store.

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Just emphasizing my social awkwardness in general here, folks.

5. The garbage disposal-in-the-sink thing.

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This is what’s on the other end of the disposal, right? (Also, what is that tube thing sticking through the hole on the right ?!?!)

6. There are so many advertisements on TV, it’s insane.

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Have you noticed how they conveniently increase the frequency and length of the ad break towards the end of a movie just to annoy you even more? 

6a. Related: what’s up with those medication ads? More than half of the ad is them listing possible side effects!

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6b. Also: political smear campaign ads. Can’t politicians run on policies rather than their hatred for the other party?**

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*Insert your least favorite politician here*

7. Plastic bags and plastic straws and styrofoam cups and …

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8. How you almost have to use a car to get anywhere because everything is so spread out, or there are no sidewalks, or there are no public transport alternatives. ***

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9a. Farenheit

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I doubt it’s Kelvin, Fry

9b. Miles and feet and inches and stuff.

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Unrelated meme brought to you by The Proclaimers.

9c. Date notations (month-day-year)

(by xkcd)


* I should probably note that the observations here are based on my three-week-stay in the bubble that is a Central New York touristy lake town.

** I know, I wish I lived in a Utopia where campaigning was legally limited in time and budget, smear ads were not allowed, and politics wasn’t polarising.

*** I know I am a major hypocrite. I am will be taking to airplanes today…

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