All posts tagged: culture shock

Two years later and I’m back in Asia!

I know I said I would completely update and I know I haven’t. I can’t promise I’ll get everything up immediately, but what I can promise is that I’ll try. About two years ago, I was gearing up for a 5 month adventure all around Asia, going from China and Korea to all over Southeast Asia. I’ve graduated now, successfully received my Bachelors in Finance and Management with a minor in International Studies, and employed at a pretty reputable consulting/advisory firm. I would have never thought that I’d be back to Asia so soon, but here I am, in Bangalore, India for 10 weeks for training before I start full-time at client sites back in Boston. My hire class all started in Boston on July 7, 2014, and after a week of getting oriented to company culture, we departed on Friday Jul 11, 2014 for India. Although I figured that being abroad in Beijing for so long two years ago would get be super ready for being back abroad and being in a new country …

Reverse Culture Shock

I know, I know! I haven’t updated in forever, but fret not! I have kept a detailed journal outlining my adventures, so I will continue to update and reflect on my experiences by transferring those journal entries onto this blog! I’m actually really hoping that with every update, I’ll get more accustomed to being back in the States. I arrived back in Amurica January 8th, and yet after almost a month, I’m still struggling with my transition back to Western civilization. Therefore, over the next couple of entries detailing my adventures, I hope to make sense of all of my experiences, and in the process put out some really good traveling tips! I’ll be updating the layout and everything! So you’ll get a fresh new blog to follow. Cheers! kimmivo. Here’s a “regram” from instagram of my first moments back in Boston from a long 5 month trip to Asia. I had thai pants on! Didn’t exactly realize how cold it would be.

Homesickness Settling In

So I have to admit – this abroad experience isn’t what I expected so far. There’s a lot of work! I’m overloading this semester, which means I’m taking 18 credits, and even though all but one of the classes are once a week for 3 hours at a time. I don’t have class until 6:30pm Monday, and I’m done with class on Friday by 12:20pm, but that’s still pretty intense, given I have Chinese class 5 times a week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been really cool going out, meeting new people, eating nummy foods, but it’s not really what you think of when you think of going abroad. I’m not going out every night, the classes aren’t easy, the people are kind of rude, and the pollution sucks. I guess this is that – “I kind of miss home” post. I miss having Vietnamese food, and American food, having people speak English, and I do miss being able to upload a YouTube video in less than 5 hours… I miss my family and friends …