Monday, October 11, 2004
I have to say, though, I hope that some of this experience stays with us in the future. For example, how many people carry a list of phone numbers on a hopelessly low-tech piece of paper for use when their mobile battery dies? Or agree on some place to meet at a certain time should they not be able to get in touch by mobile beforehand? We have to do these things all the time. This Girl-Guide-like level of preparedness would have helped in no end of situations in the past... for those times when you went down to Tokyo and ran out of phone juice and got extremely lost, for example. Or missed your stop on the train because you had passed out in a drunken stupor. Not that I would know.
Anyway, about this mobile phone culture. When I went to Japan back in the 2001 I was surprised by the sheer number of people going on a keitai culture in areas surrounding Tokyo. I never got one myself because I didn't want to get used to having to carry a moblie with me all the time. When I came back to Peru last year I was VERY surprised to see the mobile frenzy had arrived here too (and the messages of course!), so I went and finally bought my first phone, HERE!
Yep, you're right, you do lose some customs you had (like the small agenda thing), but in return,,, you get a really cool looking device with which you can kill some time waiting for your peruvian mates when they're late for an appointment.
Now, as a sidenote. Being a peruvian myself this blog is EXTREMELY interesting. I'm a sociology student, so it really gives me an insight on what foreigners think is strange in my country but we just don't notice (us being submerged into our own culture).... soo keep the good work up, because I really laugh loud with some of your posts (the tits thing was soooo funny... although, you don't see that much here in Lima).