argidd wrote:I would add somewhere around there...
You believe you know everything there is to know about your new home's culture, but the locals still tell you you know squat.
caliguy wrote:believe i'm on the tail end of stage 5
sbaustin wrote:I wrote a kind of satirical post on a blog where I was writing in Spanish and came up with the 7 stages of being an expat. It might be fun to chat about these, where you might fall, and/or if you agree with the stages/definitions or to define new ones.
Excitement: Honeymoon stage, everything is new, fun, exciting and is an adventure
Annoyance: Honeymoon is over and the reality of life hits you. You start noticing all of the little annoyances that were hidden when you were in adventure mode.
Elitism: You think that "your way" or what "your country" does is the best and you readily share this with everyone trying to fix all your annoyances.
Frustration: You realize that nobody listens to your elitist rants and the annoyances have built up to a boiling point.
Abandonment: You are browsing all the major airlines websites as now you are at the point of making plans to leave due to the issues and frustrations you have had. You can't fix them, the locals won't adopt your way, and drinking beer every night only gets you a hangover in the morning.
Understanding: You decided to stay and have started to understand your newly adopted country and some of the differences. They don't bother you as much and you can embrace them and see more of the beautiful parts.
Acceptance: You have become a local (in your thought process) and your attitude.
First, this is nothing new, just google and you'll find refernces all over the internet to culture shock and "The U Curve of Cultural Adaptation"
If you're stuck at the tail end of stage 5, in sbaustins version of the curve, then don't worry you're almost there or should I say here?
As for drinking beer every night and only getting a hangover in the morning the solution is simple. Try drinking beer in the morning. Sobriety is the only cause of hangovers, if you can avoid this state your problem will be solved.
Welcome to Peru
argidd wrote:A thought came to mind...
How do you think your going through the stages affects your children? Do the expats married/partnered with Peruvians feel that their children evolve differently to other children in the same environment?
sbaustin wrote:drinking beer every night only gets you a hangover in the morning.
chi chi wrote:Ha Ha Ha. Great post.sbaustin wrote:drinking beer every night only gets you a hangover in the morning.
Drink 7raices instead. It only costs 1 sol a shot, gets you drunk after less than 5 shots and you won't have a hangover the next day.
panman wrote:If you're stuck at the tail end of stage 5, in sbaustins version of the curve, then don't worry you're almost there or should I say here?
caliguy wrote:panman wrote:If you're stuck at the tail end of stage 5, in sbaustins version of the curve, then don't worry you're almost there or should I say here?
i don't live in Peru per se. i fear on my next trip back to Los Angeles (soon approaching) that i will have to do the adaptation process again. hopefully jumping quickly to stage 6, "understanding".
tomsax wrote:I can certainly say I through each and every one of these stages each time I visit Peru. In fact a lot of them throughout the course of any given day in Peru.