When I go back I know I shall be out of it; we fellows who’ve spent our lives out here always are.
—Somerset MaughamThe Gentleman in the Parlour
It is a well-known fact that living and working overseas take some getting used to. Cultural adjustment is a much-studied and increasingly well-understood phenomenon. Books have been written about it and people regularly attend workshops and seminars to learn how to cope with it. In a sure sign the phenomenon has arrived, the phrase “culture shock” has been plucked from its origins in the intercultural field and is now commonly used by the man in the street to describe adjusting to any difficult or unexpected set of circumstances.
With the front end of the overseas experience so well discussed ...