Joining a new culture can happen in different countries, but for me it happened in the same country, where I am living right now. I spent the last week of march in Colorado and it was a new cultural experience for me.
"Look into deep nature...and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
Colorado is a state full of nature. Comparing California to Colorado, you will find a lot of green places and the state is also noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. Besides that the air is so much different, because Colorado has the highest altitude level in whole America.
The people and their lifestyle
Everybody was very nice to me and I felt very familiar with Colorado. Well, sometimes it was kind of a cultureshock, because some things were totally new for me and the behaviour of the Colorado people is definitely different to the Californian people. First of all, the food is way different to the food I know from California. "Coloradans" eat a lot of meat, especially pork, elk or sometimes bison. The portions are very big and everything is very "country style". For example the music was different to what I've known from California. Country music is very popular in Colorado and you will find a lot of farmers out there. Furthermore how people drive their cars there is so much different than what we know from California. It seems like everybody takes their time and is never in a rush. You can also say that Colorado is not that busy like California. While the californian residents like to go to the beach, the Colorado residents enjoy hiking and climbing. I went to the Rocky Mountains National Park and did a lot of Mountain climbing, it was awesome. I think the activity level there is very high and you can do so many different things. This is also a reason, why the obesity level is so low: "According to several studies, Coloradans have the lowest rates of obesity of any state in the US." (wikipedia).