If you want to experience a tiny touch of culture shock, move from a large, bustling city to a quiet, bucolic town. Be warned though, the adjustment can be tough for a while. I don’t wish to make the changes sound like bad things, but it takes some getting used to when you’re least expecting little surprises.
For instance “rush hour.”
Recently, while driving home with a visiting friend after a day of shopping, she began to laugh hysterically for no reason. I asked her, “What on earth are you laughing at?”
She replied by pointing to the clock on my dashboard–it read 5:30. “This is your rush hour!” she exclaimed.
I looked around. There were about a dozen other cars on the road.
My friend still works in the city and has to drive to and from work on a crowded highway that I too was once well-acquainted with. I giggled with her. Rush hour was no longer a part of my life experience, but I remembered the first time I encountered this small town rush hour.
I was delirious too.