Thank Goodness For Technology.
I am in awe of how different it is to live abroad in 2013 versus 2005. In 2005 I was a student at the University of Granada, Spain for 6 months and I was painstakingly counting the remaining minutes on my international calling card after every trek to the corner phone booth. Yeah, I’ll tell my kids what a phone booth is one day. And CD’s, and mixed tapes, and Gameboys. I may not have walked 5 miles in the snow to school (uphill both ways), but I dealt with dial-up internet, played the Oregon Trail on our first IBM home computer, fought over whose turn it was to talk on the land line at home and cherished my slim Razr cellie. Feeling almost thirty, wooo! Fast forward to 2013 –> living in a different time zone on another continent is SO MUCH EASIER thanks to new technology.
With a few swipes of my finger on my iPhone or iPad I can check Instagram, Facebook, read comments on this blog, send texts and call over Viber and WhatsApp, FaceTime, and Skype with anyone, anywhere, who has an internet connection….for FREE. Amazing! I mean, how else would I be able to see how my boyfriend has let himself go since I moved 4800 miles away?
Not to mention that technology is the main reason I had the opportunity to relocate to London for my job at a software company. Feeling so grateful today for the people behind these amazing technologies. I can’t even imagine what 2021 will look like at this rate.
What’s your favorite technology to stay in touch with people or news back home? I’d love recommendations as I compile my toolkit of apps and websites for the next year and a half.