The amazing thing about living abroad in 2012 is that I know everything that’s going on back at home in real time. The worst part about living abroad in 2012 is that I know everything that’s going on back at home in real time.
While Skype, iPhones, and international calling plans are becoming less of a luxury and more of the norm in Paris (there’s free Wi-Fi everywhere!), it’s impossible not to be connected. So as Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast back at home, I couldn't help but read Tweets, Facebook updates, and news headlines about the imminent disaster that all of my friends and family back at home were facing. Text messages pop up from friends: “It’s so windy!” “Hunkering down for the hurricane,” and “These NYC pussies, it’ll just be some wind and rain.”
Whether or not it was a disaster is another story, one I won't even attempt to address, but as an expat it’s sometimes frustrating to have to live these events in real time with everyone else. While it's seemingly a technological advancement to have all of these resources, there are some downsides to being constantly connected at a time like this.