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Family (Update)

Seeing as half the semester has flown by and I have remained unbelievably busy, I figured it was about time to check in. It’s funny I’m doing so here on the blog when I rarely ever talk to my family from home. I have never been one for communication. My parents often ask me why I even have a cellphone because I lose it on a daily basis, leave it laying around, forget about it completely, open texts and forget to respond, or sometimes have a half-written response and lay the phone down to go to something else. Seeing as they’re accustomed to not having regular contact with me, they knew not to expect much when I left. In the two and a half months I have been here I have sent maybe 30 text messages total to my family, all through whatsapp. I have been living the experience and fully immersing myself in the culture to the point that I haven’t really had time to miss being home. I don’t know if that’s just part of who I am, or if the knowledge that these two months passed so fast and the two that are to come will do the same, so soon I will be with my family again but I may never see the people I am with here again affects my communication. I feel as though I need to enjoy what precious moments I have here with the people I have met. My family at home seem to be doing fine and only need an occasional “Are you still alive?” response, so all in all we have a pretty good system going. I’m sure for some people communication is of the highest priority, and if that’s the case then I am certain you would make time for it. There are so many ways to keep in touch, through Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook, Facetime, texting, or calling so don’t worry if you’re someone who typically acts like a normal person and experiences some homesickness.

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