Culture Shock Series

As you know, I travel a lot. I have also got to experience living in 2 very distinct cultures. The first culture was where I lived the majority of my life: Marshfield, Wisconsin. I did live in Madison, Wisconsin for college, and then a stint for a job after college, but I was coming home almost every single weekend so that doesn’t count for much. What I truly know and grew up with was the culture around Central Wisconsin. In May 2014, I decided to uproot and move to Austin, Texas. I can tell you, even though it is in the same country, it might as well be a different country due to the cultural differences.

With that, I have been able to really examine, in depth, the cultures of two areas far across the country from each other. Additionally, with my travels, I have been able to gather bits and pieces of many other cultures in between.

From my general observations, I can see cultural changes in varying levels depending on distance:

One thing many people take for granted is culture and their cultural point of reference. There are a lot of understandings that are completely implicit in every culture. When talking to someone, you have a subconscious bias to think that that person has the same implicit understandings. In many ways, once you go into the 300-500+ range, this isn’t the case anymore.

The “Culture Shock” series examines my observations in cultural differences from my (limited) viewpoint. These observations might change over time as I observe more and take in more information. It’ll be interesting to point out the differences in culture and I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate in one way or another.

To see more of my adventures, click on the map! Or if you prefer to see a list of more blog entries, click here.

If you want to contact me, click here.

Start your Amazon shopping by clicking on the banner below. It costs you nothing and helps support this blog with a referral commission.