Culture Shock, Girlfriend Shock

Back in Massachusetts, I’m delighted by a paper cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, by having friends in the same time zone and by the stunning realization that in an entire day of repatriation errands and then a dinner with friends, I didn’t hear a single mei you.

I’m so happy to be back in an English-speaking country that I’ve become the chatty person you hope to avoid. Hi! How are you? How’s your day? How’s the weather been? How’s business? Do you like working here? Which is better, the strawberry margarita or the mojito? What do you think of this phone?

Being suddenly half of a couple is even weirder. Fortunately, being broke, looking for housing, looking for work to afford said housing, having one car (and I’m not on the insurance until we get a permanent address), reactivating everything that we closed when we left the States, totally takes the focus off any reacquainting awkwardness.

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0 Responses to Culture Shock, Girlfriend Shock

  1. Joy says:

    It seems that you won’t come back to China. I am really sorry for it. It will make me happy that foreigners like China, though it is not really so lovely. But i am sure that some Chinese people are really good.

  2. Jason says:

    Seriously, probably the biggest thing I missed while I was in China: cream cheese. Straight up.

  3. Meg says:

    Or cheese of any sort…

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