They say (and having been through this several times now, I know it to be true) that there are 4 phases to culture shock: honeymoon, frustration, adjustment, and acceptance. We are definitely in our honeymoon stage right now. The good things definitely outweigh the bad!
Some of my favorites so far include:
- Very, very cheap groceries and restaurants if you’re willing to go local.
- Clean, inexpensive and very efficient public transportation (metro, buses, taxis).
- The people are very friendly and willing to help. They are extremely patient with our pathetic attempts at Chinese.
- The city is so very green! Our street is lined with what we think are banyan trees and they look striking.
- Turtle has started preschool (K4) and is absolutely loving it. The decision to put him in this program was (and if we’re honest – remains) a difficult one, so it’s a relief to see his excitement.
- There is a yoga class in the building next to ours.
- With all the walking we have to do we’ve been logging in between 8,500 and 13,000 steps a day. It feels good to be able to walk again even when I don’t enjoy hauling two kids and a bag of groceries at the same time.
I know this is a phase and that sooner or later we will all be annoyed by some of the very things we now enjoy. Still, I’m going to go on honeymooning while I can!