It has been about a year since this whole study abroad adventure began! And this blog has taken me a bit longer than I was expecting/hoping, but that’s life. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So here is a short and sweet post about the reverse culture shock (which was very real) and some of the things that I miss about Iceland.
Things I did not miss about the US (i.e. the reverse culture shock)
- Everything is huge. Like, even grocery stores are spread out.
- Cars. Cars everywhere. Drivers not watching for pedestrians.
- Everything is open all the time? Why? Why is this?
- Things are so spread out? It would be unreasonable for me to walk to the nearest grocery store. That was tricky to get used to again.
- TRAFFIC LIGHTS DON’T TURN YELLOW BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO GREEN??
Essentially, reverse culture shock is a very real thing. I knew that lots of things are bigger and louder in the US, but I got to experience that first hand a little bit.
Things I am going to miss about Iceland
- Coffee everywhere (at school, at banks, everywhere)
- Being able to walk everywhere (Akureyri is tiny, y’all)
- Roundabouts. They make driving much easier.
- Driving for probably literal hours and not passing any other cars
- Things just feel a little more laid back… not sure why.
- Kids are often out on the town without supervision and it’s always a fun time
- The endless, guilt free supply of hot water (waves at CA drought)*
- I don’t know where Icelanders get their beds/ how they make them. But damn are they consistently comfy. *
By the way, I do miss how cold it was in Iceland.
*I wrote and published this blog under the influence of a considerable fever and totally forgot these two things!! So there here now 🙂