People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

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"Going to America from the UK and realizing almost no one has a kettle for making a cup of tea."

1 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"When I ordered French fries in Germany and the waiter drowned them in mayonnaise before serving them to me. It changed my world."


2 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I moved to Italy when I was 10 and my mom would give me money to buy candy. The candy I chose had a not-so- insignificant amount of alcohol in it...which didn't stop anyone from selling it to a 10-year-old kid."


3 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Seeing beer as a combo meal option at a Spanish McDonald’s."


4 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"My husband is from Portugal, and when we visited I realized that a beer or a half bottle of wine is cheaper than a bottle of juice. Also, the food at rest stops along the highway is amazing. It's not fast food, but a buffet of local favorites from whatever region you’re in."


5 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I studied in France and I was shocked to see the cafés and coffeeshops turn into bars at night. They just switched the menu and went from selling hot cocoa to whiskey."



6 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Getting shoved in a line in China with no eye contact or apology after. I was so offended at first, but then I realized everyone was doing it to everybody so I got over it."


7 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"My Italian culture shock was seeing locals bring their kids everywhere with them, including out to dinner at 9 p.m. Kids, even small ones, were well behaved, even when tired. I saw a few passed out on benches next to their parents after dinner."


8 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"My wife is Japanese, and on my first trip over we went to a yakitori restaurant to meet a few of her friends. Now I don't speak much Japanese — and the man seated next to me spoke no English at all. He offered me a cup of sake, which I gratefully accepted. We said 'kanpai,' and drank the cup. Next, the man diligently refilled my glass and once again, I accepted and emptied the cup. He refilled it."


9 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"We did this a few more times until I turned to my wife and said 'I think this guy is trying to get me drunk! He keeps offering me more and more sake!' She laughed and told me to stop drinking it. 'If you drink it, he has to refill it!' My efforts to be polite (finishing what was offered to me) were actually contrary to what was polite in Japan (leaving a bit of what was offered to show that you are satisfied)."

"In Spain, they take siesta very seriously and actually close almost all shops, restaurants, and businesses. Everything just shuts down in the middle of the day."


10 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Visiting Mexico and watching all the locals walk around comfortably in long sleeves and long pants. The temperature was 95°F."


11 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Walking into a Japanese convenience stores. They are amazing. My local 7-Eleven has sticky floors and gross looking pre-packaged sandwiches. The 7-Elevens in Japan are squeaky clean and have a great selection of gourmet, prepackaged lunches and dinners. Not only do they have a cold drink section, they have a special heated unit for hot drinks."


12 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I had a roommate from Australia who was studying abroad in the states. We went out to dinner one night and I got mozzarella sticks. He couldn't believe that in America we just deep fry cheese and then eat it."


13 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Seeing the inequality in India. It blew my mind. In Delhi, you see people sleeping on the ground in dirt right next to mansions. Visiting the Taj Mahal was the most eye-opening experience. It is by far the most beautiful — perhaps most opulent — man-made structure I've seen on earth, but its surrounding by the saddest poverty imaginable."


14 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"How much beer is consumed in the Czech Republic and how cheap it is. You can't even get a non-alcoholic beverage in a bar for cheaper than a beer. I did a little research and lo and behold, the Czechs have the highest beer consumption in the whole world."


15 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"In America, strangers smile at you when you make eye contact. Back in my home country, you might get beaten up for that."


16 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"America has drive-thru everything! There are drive thru coffee shops, drive-thru ATMs. Even drive-thru liquor stores!"


17 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Having to pay to use a public toilet in many parts of Europe. I am from Australia where there are free, clean public toilets everywhere."


18 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"The contrast between old and new in big cities in China. China is such an old country that you have ancient temples and monuments (some thousands of years old) located right next to hyper-modern shopping centers."


19 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"My friend and I were walking around Reykjavik, Iceland and we stumbled upon a stroller outside of a shop. There was a baby inside the stroller all bundled up, and there was no one watching this seemingly abandoned child. We walked up and down the road looking for the parent. Turns out, the mother was just in the store across the street. Crime rates are so low in Iceland and people are so trusting of one another that it's perfectly acceptable to leave your unattended infant on the sidewalk."


20 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Everything really is bigger in America. At Walmart, I saw the largest pack of M&Ms I've ever seen in my life. And it said 'medium' on the packaging."


21 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I'm from the and have visited several places in the US. The biggest shock is how big the food and drink portions are. A regular sized meal in the US is easily enough for two people back in the UK."


22 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I was visiting Toronto and I dropped my wallet in the middle of the city. About five minutes later a guy stopped me and showed me the waller and the ID inside. He had been stopping people trying to determine who it belonged to. Not one thing was missing."


23 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"The fact that you can drive for eight or nine hours in a single direction and still be in the state of Texas."


24 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I was born in Korea and moved to US when I was 6. That's when I realized for the first time that Americans actually eat things other than pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs. I was shocked."


25 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"I visited Albania and there wasn't a single chain store or restaurant. It was a strange experience to be in a large city and be completely unable to find a McDonald's, Subway, KFC or Starbucks."


26 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Going on holiday in Tokyo and watching 5-year-old kids walk themselves home from school or take public transportation without adult supervision."


27 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Every time I visit the states, I am taken aback by the sheer amount and variety of food in US supermarkets. Compared to smaller markets in Asia, it's a big change. I always think about how there are so many different types of produce, even things that aren't in season. How on earth do they sell all of it?"


28 People Share Their Biggest Culture Shocks (29 pics)

"Trying to cross the street in Vietnam. There are very few crosswalks, and in most places you look for a gap in the traffic and go for it. In Hanoi you just slowly walk into traffic. There are no gaps. You just maintain a slow walking pace and the traffic will part around you. It's scary AF the first time you do it."



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