Before I begin the next stage of my life in Norway, I have decided to take a short break and rest in Australia for the next month. While it’s nice to be back, I often find that being away from my home country for so long also comes with many surprises. These include reverse culture shocks—things that once were a part of everyday life now seem absurd or alien.
– Why does everybody pay by cash?
– All the fruit here looks like they’ve been pumped with steroids and polished with elbow grease. Apples are nearly twice as large here as those in Norway!
– Who in their right mind would want to buy 1 kg of instant coffee in a giant tin?
– When people ask me how I’m going, I start to tell them and they quickly lose interest. Why did they even ask?
– Why isn’t my house insulated from the cold winter weather? Isn’t that illegal?
– Why is that car on the right-hand side of the road?—no wait—it’s driving on the wrong side.
I’m sure I’ll get used to things here, but in these past few days I have frequently surprised myself with how accustomed and comfortable I have become to the Norway life. I wonder what else will surprise me during my stay here.