As most of us in the Semester in Detroit Program have grown up in the Metro Detroit area, you would think that moving and living here wouldn’t be much of a culture shock.
But in many ways it has.
Here, strangers say “Hello, how are you?” as you walk past.
Here, Whole Foods plans to open a store, and a senator comes for the event.
Here, cars disappear from the streets after eight at night.
This place is like another world in some respects. The downtown aglow at night deceives the passerby by assuming the light encompasses a person; frankly, it does not.
What experiences of culture shock have the rest of you had in the city?