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15 January 2009


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Michael Harling

Wow, I don't remember any of that! I think I just went from amused and befuddled, to more amused and slightly less befuddled, to really amused and just mildy confused. I'm still there. I'm glad I didn't know about the chart, I think I would have had trouble keeping up.

Good post, and interesting info. Thanks.


Sending this to my sister - who's just about to leave Manchester UK for Sydney. Should help her get her head around what she's in for.

Expat Mum

To Wandermom, Vicky Gray (another bloggy friend) has just written a book called "Didgeree Do's and Didgeree-Don'ts" for Brits going to Oz. If it's not out yet, I can put her in touch with Vicky.
There are tons of Brits in Sydney. She will be fine.

Susanna (A Modern Mother)

Expat -- do you know EVERY expat author?!

Almost American

I'm glad my post gave you some "aha!" moments! Rereading it now, I'm thinking it was very short and I could have written much more - though much of the point was to make the links to American Bedu's blog. I taught a class on this once, and was a foreign student advisor for several years, as well as having been an expat for over 20 years now.

A lot of people present the culture shock graph as being very linear, but the truth is, as you've discovered we can bop backwards and forwards between phases depending on our mood!

Andrea (lovingmums)

I just found your site. It's very informative thanks. We are moving from Australia to Thailand in January with a 4,3 and 1 year old and I am trying to prepare myself and the children as much as possible whilst being aware of the emotions still to come. I'm sure I'll keep coming back to read more!

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