Although I use technology approximately 100 hours a day and shouldn't really be amazed by it anymore, I still kind of am -- especially when I'm across the world from my life and still so connected.
Y and his grandmother FaceTiming with his mom
By the way: When I mentioned that I would be going to Israel, I think a lot of people (myself included) assume visiting the Middle East would be like traveling backwards in time. In some tiny ways, Israel feels primitive, and by that I mean that there are a whole lot of clotheslines. We stayed at Y's aunt and uncle's house, which came complete with a clothesline outside... and, at one point, five iPads at the kitchen table inside. And I'm sure ours wasn't the only house with so many devices. Israel's high tech industry is booming, and the country has been dubbed "start-up nation". One example: pretty much the entire country uses a crowd-sourced Israeli traffic app called Waze that basically put radio traffic reports out of business.
Not exactly primitive, right? I think we've all learned our lesson: don't judge a book by its clothelines.