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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Algeria - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Algiers - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    s family speaks mostly French and their Berber dialect Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad Yes the first time we went was before we had our child and were living in the UK That visit made me decide to convince my husband to move to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where I am from I decided then that Malaysia would be easier for his family especially his nieces and nephews to experience life outside Algeria I found Algiers and the Berber mountains beautiful but neglected Algeria has so much potential to be a wonderful country with the landscape and the people How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Fortunately for me my husband s family who are Berbers are not too orthodox I am a Muslim too but a liberal Muslim and in Malaysia there s hardly any segregation between men and women My husband s family are extremely nice even the men But I do get the stares and strange looks from others as my daughter and I look oriental and they hardly have Asians living in Algeria more Europeans Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture The culture shock was only during my first visit as we will be making our third visit in autumn this year I know what to expect already Good thing is the last time I went I did notice that they had minor developments like a new airport and a shopping mall I am hoping to see more progress in this visit What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc As I said after the culture shock of the first visit it made me so homesick of Malaysia that I decided to convince my husband to move to Malaysia I told him that Malaysia has more beautiful beaches and resorts than in the UK He has never been to Malaysia and was reluctant to move then but now he told me he couldn t imagine living anywhere else What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture I love the people my husband s family that is They are warm generous and wonderful I love their food couscous and Arabic food What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture One time my mother in law s fridge broke down and she cried so hard that I thought someone died in the family When I found out the actual reason I scolded my husband for not reassuring her that we will buy her a new fridge immediately My husband

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Algeria - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Algiers - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc I definitely increased what I was eating though boredom Put a stone on weight on in 6 months stuck at home too much What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Learning that I am so lucky to have the things I have Not wasting food Being kinder to people and not being so selfish Taking on board that in society women and men each have a role and this is very important for marriage i was such an independant feminist in the past What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Lack of safety ie electrics windons on 6th floor that fully open wires coming out of plug sockets and connecting to street electric viva wires from your window The metality of the middle aged me here will ingore women cut you up on the road then beep at you like its your fault The lack of children groups and support for parents How close family life is Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Act like the most innocent thing in front of your inlaws high neckline very conservative dressing and talk Do not raise your voice in public or argue with your husband infront of family sounds tough but people here love talking about any sort of drama Watch your things people tend to steal here especially make and gold In general people are nice but like anywhere you get the bad ones More Expat Advice about Culture Shock in Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Annaba Algeria Culture Shock in Blida Algeria View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest Sep 13 2011 03 31 I find it totally the opposite I go out whenever I want to and anywhere I want to with ease and comfort I wear make up everyday We go to parks mountains and the beaches frequently and have friends over mixing with men and women talking Weddings are segregated yes but men and women eat lunch and dinner out together even not married Are you sure you are living in Algeria I have been here 5 years also married to an Algerian man and have had no probelms whatsoever and I don t live in Algiers where it is much more liberal guest Sep 13 2011 13 46 Sorry I dont mean to sound negitive about algeria I was living in London before I came here with a great career and social life so its been hard to adjust here Yes men and women go out for lunch and dinner coffee cake Ice cream and for family

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Algeria - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Algiers - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad If no are you planning to learn the language No I do not fully speak the language but understand more than I can actually speak I am now after living here for nearly a year learning French and Arabic Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad No as I had visited Algeria lots of times before deciding to move here something I would suggest anyone to do before moving here How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad Well it was not too bad but the problem I have is some people just do not give you any respect they don t know me so should not judge me by the way I look Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture Yes especially the irritation to anger stage but honestly this did not last very long What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Well I was definitely homesick as I moved out here last June but since moving here I go back to London on a regular basis to see my family that is one thing that I miss the most Not the same when you don t have your own family here I know I have my husband s but it not quite the same What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture Well after working for the British Government for 15 years being able to sit back and enjoy life now with my children is great I can work if I want to but have decided to be a housewife instead something that I would never have done while living in London What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Being accepted as I do not wear a head scarf Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell No none sorry Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Just give it respect as in time you will get used to it and enjoy your new life More Expat Advice about Culture Shock in Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Algiers Algeria Culture Shock in Annaba Algeria Culture Shock in Blida Algeria View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest May 19

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  • Expat Exchange - Living In Australia - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock Alice Springs - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    the streets over a pack of smokes Expats often talk about going through the stages of culture shock Examples include the honeymoon phase the irritation to anger stage the rejection of the culture stage and the cultural adjustment phase Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture Yeppers What if any were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock These might include things such as anger depression anxiety increased eating or drinking frustration homesickness etc Luckly we had other American families in the area and we could do a lot of venting with them The Aussie attitude was No Worries when it should have been No Hurries What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture I liked the difference in language and we did meet some truley awsome Aussies that I still write to But outside of our circle it was expected that Americans were whiney or Whinge to much What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture Cost of living Did you commit any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders If you did and you d like to share them please do tell Yeah it s not bathroom it s dunny or toilet if out and about Don t ask for a napkin or spaghetti with sauce you ll get ketchup on your noodles Always read the menu before ordering a hamburger in the states has a little less on it then a hamburger in Australia Beet root and fried egg are good but not on a hamburger Don t ask the Aussies why they have a Union jack on their flag Don t mention the fact that the amount of flies in the air and the onse attacking your eyes mouth nose and ears in droves reminds you of hanging out at the back of a meat processing plant where they dump the body parts in an open trash can er bin Get used to not picking money up off the ground unless you yourself dropped it otherwise God only knows where it has been and what it s landed in when it dropped Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share Yeah even though Australia is almost as big as CONUS they still like to make the parking lots as small as possible to accommodate maybe a Honda Fit without having to do the shimmy shake dance getting out of your vehicle at the local Woolies Always park on a street if you can that way the Aboriginals don t use your hood and the hood of the car parked next to you as a support for their arms when they are doing the deed we normally do in our toilet Watch were you walk all the time surprises are in abundance If you see a car burning along side the road if there is no

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  • Expat Exchange - Living Overseas - Moving Overseas - Culture Shock
    Germany Culture Shock in Frankfurt Germany Culture Shock in Hamburg Germany Culture Shock in Hamburg Germany Culture Shock in Heidelberg Germany Culture Shock in Karlsruhe Germany Ghana Culture Shock in Accra Ghana Greece Culture Shock in Athens Greece Culture Shock in Athens Greece Culture Shock in Athens Greece Culture Shock in Corfu Greece Guatemala Culture Shock in Guatemala City Guatemala Culture Shock in Guatemala City Guatemala Culture Shock in Guatemala City Guatemala Culture Shock in Lake Atitlan Guatemala Culture Shock in Quetzaltenango Guatemala Culture Shock in San Juan La Laguna Guatemala Culture Shock in San Pedro La Laguna Guatemala Honduras Culture Shock in Tegucigalpa Honduras Hong Kong Culture Shock in Hong Kong Hong Kong Culture Shock in Kwun Tong Hong Kong Hungary Culture Shock in Balatonfured Hungary Culture Shock in Budapest Hungary Culture Shock in Budapest Hungary India Culture Shock in Auckland India Culture Shock in Gurgaon India Culture Shock in Mumbai India Culture Shock in Mumbai India Culture Shock in Mumbai India Culture Shock in Mussoorie India Culture Shock in Pune India Indonesia Culture Shock in Duri Simpang Padong Riau Sumatra Indonesia Culture Shock in Jakarta Indonesia Ireland Culture Shock in Countryside Ireland Culture Shock in Dublin Ireland Culture Shock in Dublin Ireland Culture Shock in Limerick Ireland Culture Shock in South County Dublin Ireland Israel Culture Shock in Kfar Saba Israel Italy Culture Shock in Florence Italy Culture Shock in Florence Italy Culture Shock in Genoa Italy Culture Shock in Palermo Sicily Italy Culture Shock in Rome Italy Culture Shock in Scandriglia Italy Culture Shock in Southern Tuscany Italy Culture Shock in Torino Italy Culture Shock in Tuscany Italy Culture Shock in Verona Italy Ivory Coast Culture Shock in Abidjan Ivory Coast Culture Shock in Abidjan Ivory Coast Culture Shock in Abidjan Ivory Coast Jamaica Culture Shock in Kingston Jamaica Japan Culture Shock in Ayase Kanagawa Perfecture Japan Culture Shock in Tokyo Japan Culture Shock in Tokyo Japan Culture Shock in Tokyo Japan Culture Shock in Tokyo Japan Culture Shock in Tomobe Japan Jordan Culture Shock in Amman Jordan Kazakhstan Culture Shock in Almaty Kazakhstan Culture Shock in Pavlodar Kazakhstan Culture Shock in Semey Kazakhstan Kenya Culture Shock in Nairobi Kenya Korea Culture Shock in Busan Korea Culture Shock in Chinhae Korea Kuwait Culture Shock in Hawally Kuwait Culture Shock in Salmiya Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Culture Shock in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Laos Culture Shock in Vientiane Laos Culture Shock in Vientiane Laos Culture Shock in Vientiane Laos Latvia Culture Shock in Riga Latvia Lithuania Culture Shock in Klaipeda Lithuania Culture Shock in Visaginas Lithuania Luxembourg Culture Shock in Luxembourg City Luxembourg Macau Culture Shock in Macau Macau Malaysia Culture Shock in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Culture Shock in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Mexico Culture Shock in Ajijic Mexico Culture Shock in Coastal Oaxaca Mexico Culture Shock in Guadalajara Mexico Culture Shock in Guadalajara Mexico Culture Shock in Guadalajara Mexico Culture Shock in Lake Chapala Mexico Culture Shock in Lake Chapala Mexico Culture Shock in Mazatlan Mexico Culture Shock in Mexico City Mexico

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  • Expat Exchange - Living Abroad - International Living - Living in Aberdeen, Scotland - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saudi Arabia Scotland Senegal Serbia Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Trinidad Tob Turkey Turkmenistan UAE Uganda UK Ukraine United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home Scotland Forum Scotland Guide Scotland Resources Scotland Real Estate International Jobs Home Scotland Forum Scotland Guide Scotland Resources Scotland Real Estate International Jobs Scotland Scotland Newsletter 10 Tips for Living in Scotland More Scotland Tips Scotland Expat Blogs Scotland Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Glasgow Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Living in Aberdeen Scotland Comments Print Tweet Create an Expat Profile for Your City or Town What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Aberdeen How long have you lived there 5 months What activities clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others American Women Of Aberdeen The organization started out just for Americans but the group has grown to members from France Norway Germany and quite a few other countries The group has individual groups that meet for stichery scrapbooking hiking side trips and more In terms of religious racial economic and cultural diversity are the people of this city or town diverse Are they accepting of differences Describe Somewhat yes What are the main industries in this city What types of career opportunities commonly exist How do most people find new jobs Oil Business Fishing Construction Cab drivers hospital workers laborers Newspapers and word of mouth If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away what other advice would you give them Don t bring your US car over and be prepared for just how much it really costs to live over here It is almost 60 higher than the States More Expat Advice about Living in Scotland Living In Aberdeen Scotland Living In Banchory Scotland Living In Edinburgh Scotland Living In Glasgow Scotland Living In Leven Scotland View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest Aug 20 2011 23 38 what is the population of expatriates in Aberdeen Join Today free Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move It s FREE and takes 1 minute List a Property free Overseas Real Estate View All Properties Sunway Eastwood Puchong South Malaysia Property for Rent Corregidora Mexico Property for Sale Mombasa Kenya Property for Sale Add a free Property Listing

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  • Expat Exchange - Living Abroad - International Living - Living in Abu Dhabi, UAE - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zaire Zambia Zimbabwe Join Sign In Home UAE Forum UAE Guide UAE Resources UAE Real Estate International Jobs Home UAE Forum UAE Guide UAE Resources UAE Real Estate International Jobs UAE UAE Newsletter UAE Tips UAE Expat Blogs UAE Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Abu Dhabi Guide to Living in Al Ain Guide to Living in Dubai Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Living in Abu Dhabi UAE Comments Print Tweet Create an Expat Profile for Your City or Town What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Abu Dhabi How long have you lived there 6 months What activities clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others American Women s Network Women in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Womens Group Abu Dhabi Ladies Group all send newsletters to members In terms of religious racial economic and cultural diversity are the people of this city or town diverse Are they accepting of differences Describe Very diverse and very tolerant However there is not to much mixing among the three major groups local citizens western expats and expats from developing countries What are the main industries in this city What types of career opportunities commonly exist How do most people find new jobs You need a job BEFORE you get here You cannot come to UAE without an employer sponser Jobs are usually oil construction nuclear or academic related If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away what other advice would you give them Negotiate a VERY comprehensive relocation package with your prospective employer including school housing transportation and travel allowance in addition to a generous salary because the cost of living is not cheap here More Expat Advice about Living in UAE Living In Abu Dhabi UAE Living In Abu Dhabi UAE Living In Abu Dhabi UAE Living In Al Ain UAE Living In Al Ain UAE Living In Dubai UAE View all Reports Worldwide Write a Comment about this Expat Report Sign In to post a comment Comments about this Report guest Jul 24 2012 12 36 If you hope to get a flavour of the Middle Eastern culture in Abu Dhabi you will be disappointed The local Emiratis do not share their culture or let you in to their lives or families as a friend or equal With few exceptions the Ex pats whether executive or service level live in a parallel universe and are treated as a necessary evil by Emiratis They need us for talent knowledge skill or labor but are merely a means to an end and very expendable Never lived in locale where I was invisible before

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  • Expat Exchange - Living Abroad - International Living - Living in Abu Dhabi, UAE - Advice from Expats on ExpatExchange.com
    Estate International Jobs UAE UAE Newsletter UAE Tips UAE Expat Blogs UAE Travel Warnings City Guides Guide to Living in Abu Dhabi Guide to Living in Al Ain Guide to Living in Dubai Resources Expat Health Insurance Mail Forwarding Mail Shipping Relocation Auto Shipping Auto Expat Tax Real Estate Agencies Business Services Currency Exchange Education Expat Banking Expat Counseling Expat Finance International Jobs Language Cross Cultural Legal Services for Expats Pet Shipping Travel Insurance Visa Immigration Expat Advice Living in Abu Dhabi UAE Comments Print Tweet Create an Expat Profile for Your City or Town What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on Abu Dhabi How long have you lived there 12 years What activities clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others AWN American Womens Network primarily Americans but all are welcome can tend to be a bit highbrow WIAD Women in Abu Dhabi A very international flair this ladies group does some serious traveling In terms of religious racial economic and cultural diversity are the people of this city or town diverse Are they accepting of differences Describe This is the most diverse city on the planet along with Dubai Everyone and I mean virtually EVERYONE is from somewhere else Religions and cultures all intermingle peacefully and it s not a big deal to have a Buddhist a Hindu a Christian and a Muslim in a group of friends They all get along just fine Differences are what make this country the experience it is Perhaps that s why as many as 60 of American expats who repatriate back to their home country encounter difficulty reassimilating and most find themselves coming back to the UAE for more of that openness What are the main industries in this city What types of career opportunities commonly exist How do most people find new jobs I T engineering education nursing and the big cheese petroleum company execs If you aren t in one of these occupations you can pretty much stay at home There are a few sideline occupations that do well here like media and advertising but by and large it s limited in those fields If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away what other advice would you give them Come with an open mind in regards to religion Leave your cultural and racial baggage back home figuratively speaking of course Show respect for the moderation of dress even though you might see sooo many who rudely flaunt scandalous and scanty dressing Be ready to deal with some heavy population and traffic situations that only get worse with time Talk with an expat living here before you make any decisions about employment housing etc They can give you tips to avoid getting gouged or led in the wrong direction More Expat Advice about Living in UAE Living In Abu Dhabi UAE Living In Abu Dhabi UAE Living In Abu

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