Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse culture shock is something that a person can experience after he or she has been away for awhile in another country. I first experienced it after I studied abroad and I had gotten used to the way certain things were in Spain. For example, I had to go back to speaking in English in public, not eating dinner at 10pm and having to drive a car again. When I came back from Dubai, even though I was only there for a week, I compiled a list of some of the things that I would miss and things that I would not miss because, let’s face it, every vacation changes you a little bit but sometimes there are things that you are glad go back to “normal.”

Things I miss about Dubai:

Camel races on tv– Please youtube this right now if you haven’t seen it


hummus– It is so rich and creamy, nothing else I’ve ever had compares

shi sha– They add anise or something to the water so it is very smooth

water being served only in water bottles

straws for your soda


people always calling you “Madam”– so polite!

the smell of the air

the Metro- If it didn’t feel like you were living in the future, it will now!


hearing and seeing Arabic everywhere

hearing the adhan– No matter what your religion, it’s a good reminder to stop and be thankful

seeing some of the world’s greatest modern architecture– I felt like I was in the Jetsons

everyone around you is always dressed well– Time to get out of your sweatpants and put on some real clothes

Things that I don’t miss:

the coffee– I can’t believe I wanted Starbucks


bad service at restaurants– it takes way too long to get something, or the bill. Hello?…Anyone?

people’s perfume– it was way too much

rude people who cut in line– We are all tourists here

being the only person from the Western Hemisphere– I guess I’ll just take a selfie

converting currency in my head– Is this a good price? Or am I getting ripped off


getting sick and having a stomach ache that wouldn’t go away– But I came here to eat!

not sleeping– Well, I guess…”don’t sleep, just travel”


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