Culture shock in Sydney

As I speak with friends, they’ve mentioned their curiosity about the culture shock upon my return. I’m also curious as to how this “culture shock” will affect me or treat me when I hit home in a month or so.

For the last 6 months we’ve been traveling in various parts of Asia including Jordan, Iran, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. We’ve gotten accustomed to different traditions, foods, currencies, languages, and more. I figured Australia and USA are similar countries and I would experience some type of culture shock when arriving to Sydney.

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Pre-planning while traveling – Our stop in Sydney and other cities

After almost 9 months of traveling, Sara and I have gotten rid of the “fear” of the unknown of a new city. What I mean by this is not knowing the transportation system, the hotels, the currency, etc. of the city we’re visiting. It’s not because we don’t care about this new city, but more because we really care and want to learn from the locals. But also because we don’t want to spend the time reading about the future instead of enjoying the present and the current city we’re in. It’s a new strategy Sara and I have decided to apply in the last few cities we’ve visited including Sydney, Bali, Gili Islands, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Cairns.

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