Acculturation or culture shock? A Swiss Family in California
We (a Swiss family of four) moved to La Jolla, California, in
February 2005 and returned to Switzerland three years later. Our stay in
crazy California was a great adventure, however, not all of us were able to
feel at home in the US.
I am happy to share some of our Californian experiences with you and would love to hear your opinion about living in Switzerland, in the USA, in Australia, or in any other country.
La Jolla in Spanish means "The Jewel". It is the Jewel of America's finest city, San Diego.
||State of California The Golden State
Largest city Los Angeles
163,696 sq mi (423,970 km²)
Width 250 miles (400 km) - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)
Population Ranked 1st in the US
- Total 36,457,549 (2007 est.)
- Density 233.8/sq mi / 90.27/km²
Highest point Mount Whitney 14,505 ft (4,421 m)
Lowest point Death Valley -282 ft (-86 m)
Admission to Union 1850 (31st)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger