Disconnected

Although it was only 10 years ago, studying abroad has changed a great deal since I went to Italy in 2002. iPads and Facebook didn’t exist. We didn’t travel with cell phones or laptops. Generally, we went to the pay phone to call our parents once a week and to the internet cafe when we could fit it in. We even wrote our papers by hand due to the lack of computer access. To be 100% honest, I loved the lack of technology. I loved being disconnected with few expectations to communicate outside of those who were with me abroad. I was able to focus on exploring Italy and building relationships with the other students. Being abroad was relaxing and re-energizing without the constant ring of the phone and the tiny red flags in our school email indicating unopened messages.

This past weekend I took the same mentality from studying abroad and disconnected. Hubby and I flew to Minneapolis on Friday afternoon to join family and friends for a weekend at the lake in central Minnesota. When we arrived Friday evening, I quickly realized my cell phone received limited service and the internet was patchy. My first inclination was to be frustrated. How was I going to blog? What if our realtor called? But then I looked around me. I was surrounded by a beautiful landscape with family and friends I’ve known since I was a small child. Why would I want to spend my time on a computer when there were so many other things to enjoy? So dear friends, I disconnected this weekend to enjoy all of this instead:

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5 thoughts on “Disconnected

  1. Rachel Hollenbaugh

    Everyone looks so happy and relaxed! It is extremely important to disconnect from time to time and just enjoy life with family and friends!!
    ~Rachel

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  2. ali

    i will never forget the disenchantment i had with my cell phone when i got off of the ship. i’m glad the great midwest was able to give a nice reprieve from civilization!

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  3. Loving Language

    Great post! It reminds me of my time in Ukraine in 93-94. We had no phone–cells phones barely existed at all. I had to set up get-togethers with friends well in advance, and I couldn’t tell them if I was going to be late. I had a friend with internet and long distance service. There was no internet cafe. I called home once a month or so. I also get nostalgic for those days. We went on walks for fun.

    And, like you, we also spent this last Labor Day weekend in western Minnesota on the lake. 🙂

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