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”