CULTURE SHOCK: YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN IN ITALY TOO LONG WHEN // italy vs. hong kong + how-to make italian coffee video

Relocating to a different country is exciting as well as confusing. For example, when I moved from the USA to Italy, I tried to give hugs/handshakes… and instead I got two or three cheek kisses. If I were to greet someone in Hong Kong with two or three cheek kisses… I’d totally get denied (even if it’s my own Grandmother)!

With that said, I’ve been noticing some cultural similarities and differences between Italy (what I’m used too) and Hong Kong (what I will get use too)!

So without further ado, you know you’ve been in Italy too long when…

you substitute Pocket Coffee for meals because of the language barrier…

you start to worry that someone is going to cut in front of you, even if there’s a pin straight line…

you stare at people who speak a language you’re familiar with and hope they’ll speak to you

you think surgical masks are the new black…

you get a little thrown off when you have to pay your bills at the local 7-11 instead of the post office…

you’re not phased when street vendors sell tripe and other uncommon foods

you prefer to eat something sweet instead of something savory for breakfast…

you know how to spell “bella”…

you’re not sure whether or not to go into Starbucks (but you really, really want to use their free wifi, so you do)…

you try to greet someone with affection and get denied (this includes relatives)…

you’re pleasantly surprised when salespeople are still nice to you even if you leave the store empty handed…

you expect to be late but actually arrive early via public transport…

you want to order pasta for every meal…

you can’t believe you’re allowed to take your leftovers home…

you pack an Italian coffee maker into your checked luggage instead of clothing…


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