How long do you have to live somewhere before going back to the place you came from gives you reverse cluture shock? I had lived in Taiwan exactly a year, and had been out of the US a few additional months, before I went back the US this past January. I expected it to be tough, but honestly, it felt like I had never left. Then I came back to Taiwan in 3 weeks, and it felt like I had only dreamed about going back to the US.
I’ve had regular culture shock before – the worst was in Russia, a country where I least expected it, and knew nothing about the country before I decided to take a 3rd class train across it by myself. But whenever I’ve returned to the US from anywhere, it’s not hard to get back into the old groove I find. Does this say something about the US, do you think?