“When you travel overseas, the locals see you as a foreigner, and when you return, you see the locals as foreigners.”
“Reverse culture shock is the emotional and psychological distress suffered by some people when they return home after a several years overseas. This can result in unexpected difficulty in readjusting to the culture and values of the home country, now that the previously familiar has become unfamiliar.”
I wouldn’t say I am distressed, but it certainly is different from life on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
You know you have reverse culture shock when…
1. There are an overwhelming number of choices
I am lost and bewildered when I enter a grocery store. Yesterday, I stood in front of the canned baked beans and cried…10 different types of baked beans? In Nicaragua, it was always fun to shop; I never knew what unexpected treasure hidden among the shelves I would find. Dill pickles, pretzels, and dark chocolate were treats. Now, with too many choices, it is more of a frustrating experience.
2. The leaves change color!