Culture shock

Viral TikTok describes ‘culture shock’ after US student moves into room in Dublin

An American student has described the massive culture shock she suffered upon entering her new room in Dublin.

The now viral TikTok highlighted the daily differences between Dublin and the US.

The designer just landed in Dublin after spending much of her life in central Oregon and was taken aback by things in her Irish bedroom.

@theatricalmike captured the intense culture shock and raised many questions among Irish viewers.

The wardrobe was the first bone of contention with a striking resemblance to that used in CS Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

The young woman reminded Irish viewers that closets are the American alternative.

She was then shocked at how far the window was open and wondered if Dublin had a bug problem as there was no screen.

The outlets were bigger and the switches took a bit of time to figure out, with the lack of outlets in the bathroom also causing confusion.

The money is “fantastic, shimmering, colorful and looks like toy money”.

The final twist was the fact that an elevator is often called an elevator.

Locals were quick to explain the significance of the huge differences.

One person commented: “Water and electricity don’t mix. That’s why we don’t have sockets in the bathroom. Common sense really.”

Another wrote: “I lived in Ireland for four years, not many bugs.”

A third asked, “You don’t have wardrobes in the States?”

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