Having been born in Saudi Arabia, a more collective society, I was used to strangers trying to help in any way they could. But we were in the US, and this situation showed me just how individualistic the culture really was.
My wife explains reverse culture shock as feeling like a stranger when sitting with friends and family. I’ve heard so many others describe it the same.
You just got a Whatsapp message from your buddy who says he’ll pick you up in 5 minutes to get dinner. Five minutes pass. Ten minutes. Fifteen, thirty and finally over an hour goes by and he hasn’t arrived. What’s going through your head right now?
Realizing the striking ideological differences between KSA and the US helped me understand why a popular TV show had shocked me many years earlier.
In this post, I’ll reveal some of my exploits and explain how understanding cultural differences can make or break your relationships.
This presentation outlines some of the most important differences in Saudi and US culture, but the principles can be applied to any country on the map.
Part 1 gives you a strong foundation for this series- the basic facts of what the country of Saudi Arabia is like.