I’ve been wanting to do this for about a week now. I’m writing and posting this blog entry from tens of thousands of feet above America. One of the things I’ve become more aware of in the past month is how miraculous our technology has become.
Before we left Texas, I set up a Skype account that allowed me to call any telephone in North America for a very small one-time charge. So as soon as we landed in India, 9,000 miles and eleven time zones away, I could call and let Kerry know we haas landed safely. And that’s not even discussing the technology that allowed us to travel that distance in only 14 hours. Yes, trust me, 14 hours is a miserably long time to be on an airplane, but it wasn’t that many generations ago that a trip alike this would have taken months, not days.
I didn’t take my cell phone, not wanting to mess with international roaming and other such problems. I really didn’t miss it, though. But it seems like everyone in india has a “mobile phone.” Given the problems of building an infrastructure for land lines, cell phones a a tremendous advancement for less developed countries with gear potential for economic development. I can’t tell you, though, how many times we saw motorcyclists in the crazy Indian traffic talking on their mobiles or even texting.
There was the one time during our trip when we were in Yelagiri Hills without any Internet whatsoever for about four days. Our next hotel had wifi for a nominal charge, and I took this picture about five minutes after we checked in.
Those are almost all members of our group, reconnecting like addicts craving their next Internet fix.
But I appreciate that technology has allowed me to share these stories and pictures with you as they happened. I’ll have lots of time for reflection, but I think the spontaneity has helped you see some of what I’ve seen. I know that your comments, Facebook responses and comments, and blog comments have helped me to stay grounded as I spent this long month abroad.
We’re 34,000 feet above Illinois. This is pretty cool stuff!