To do this assignment I had to ask myself how I communicate. I want to write about how I am communicating while I am in Hawaii, because this is a little bit different from how I communicate while I am in Norway.
You see it’s hard to be half around the world without your family and friends for a whole year. There are only some ways to communicate. Over the phone and over the internet. Offcourse, I can write postcards and letters, but that does not work if I have to talk to someone right now.
There is also a time difference of 12 hours between Norway and Hawaii so I can not get in contact with people at home when I want to. I can usually call them between 8 and 10 in the morning.
Therefore, to communicate with my family and friends in Norway, me and Camilla have made a blog where we write what we have been doing the last days and upload pictures so they can see what world we live in. My grandparents does not use a computer so my mother has to print out our blog posts and give it to them in paper form. That way they can also read how we are doing over here.
Facebook is also a big resource to communicate with my friends. It’s odd. but I don’t use Facebook to communicate with my family, only my friends. It feels a little bit unpersonal to talk to my family on Facebook. I have to talk to them on the phone. Specially my mother and sister. We have a great bond, so communication is necessary, and I believe the best way for me to communicate with them is over the phone or Skype.
Skype is probably the most used tool to do this. The only problem is that you need to have a good internet connection, and we don’t in our apartment at the moment. We have to go to Starbucks or to some friends apartment to Skype. But Skype is the most “real” communication tool. You can both see and hear the people you are talking to.
The two methods I like the most and use the most are the phone and Skype, because this is instant communication and it is priceless when you are so far away.
See you all soon!