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Technology and Trabzon

by Carmen McClelland

Trabzon

 

I have never really been the person who has to have their phone on them at all times. If I forget my phone in my room after I leave my house, it isn’t that big of a deal for me. Sure it makes communicating a whole lot easier, but I don’t want to be that person who has to have it at all times. Communication back home has been limited to when I am in my dorm room. I do have a small Turkish cell phone; it doesn’t have a camera and to text I use T9.

I have an iPhone and it was great because I could carry it around instead of my laptop and connect to wifi at restaurants and on campus. One night I decided that I was going to be productive and update my phone. This was a terrible mistake. Not only did it wipe out my entire phone, but it wouldn’t connect to my laptop for me to restore it. The next day I spent 4 hours at the apple store while they tried everything they could just to get it to where I could connect to wifi. No such luck. I have to be within Verizon’s service for it to be restored. This has made communication with my family even more difficult, and the 9 hour time difference between us does not help things either.

Eventhough sometimes it feels like I am cut off from the world, I think I like it. I spent the weekend in Trabzon with friends and I didn’t bring my laptop. It was very weird to not be able to communicate with anyone or look up information about the hotel. I felt like I was in the dark, but on a different scale.

Sumela Monastery in Trabzon

Sumela Monastery in Trabzon

I think it brought out the beauty in Trabzon. A monastery in the mountains, right next to the Black Sea should not be tainted with the ding of an iPhone text message or email. I did have a camera with me, but it made it different because I wanted to attempt to capture the beauty. I didn’t come close to capturing it but the pictures were very pretty. I can only imagine what the pictures would have looked like if they were taken with a 35 mm.

I have trips to Adana, Troy, Gallipoli, and Ephesus planned and I can’t wait to take pictures of those places. I normally take photos and then upload them and occasionally look at them. Ever since I started blogging and needing to attach photos, I have looked through many of them. I see my favorite photos every time I go through my pictures and it brings a smile to my face. Looking at the photos already makes me feel nostalgic about this trip, and I am still here.

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