As any good expat should know before living abroad, there are four commonly accepted stages of culture shock. These are:
- Honeymoon Stage, where everything is just awesome
- Negotiation Stage, where everything is not as awesome as before
- Adjustment Stage, where nothing is awesome
- Adaptation Stage, where you realize awesome is a relative term and there’s still plenty to love
But what if there are more than just these four stages? It’s my humble opinion that the concept of culture shock is a little outdated. And after having spent quite some time as a foreigner in a strange land, I hereby propose four new stages for your consideration.