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Reverse culture shock

If you have moved away from the UK for a significant period of time you probably experienced some level of culture shock when you first arrived in your new country of residence. Most people are prepared for this, and realise it takes time to adjust. What you may not be aware of is that a similar process is likely to happen if you move back to British shores. Read how to cope with it!

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Being prepared

"I remember not being able to sleep well for days when I arrived in the West Indies. It was not the suffocating heat but the unexpected and scary sight of lizards chasing fireflies across the bedroom ceiling. I was also kept awake by thinking about the tarantula I saw scurrying over the garage floor before I came to bed and there was the incessant noise of frogs, cicadas and packs of barking stray dogs chasing bitches on heat. No guide book had prepared me for that." Murray Watson reckons that no matter how much research they do, prospective expats are always going to be surprised by something in their new home…

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