kids know more than you!
After talking with the boys for about 5 minutes, I walked away knowing where they were sold, the cost, and how many songs I could get at each price range. After I walked away, they were still arguing about the best models and the best stores in town. So now I just need to go to these stores and figure out how to get the best bang for my buck. Just like in America, the kids know everything about computers and all things that are cool to go with them. They know way more about cell phones than I do, even though I sold them for four years and they are very internet savvy.
I have a feeling that these kids are not unique to Bulgaria but represent a global trend by young people. I grew up with computers and had one when I was 15. These kids have them from birth and will surpass me in computer knowledge, if they havent already done so, within a few years. The world is changing so fast and the future is going to show a smaller world than it already is. Everything we do will affect everything else. My kids are not going to be just Bulgarians, but global citizens along with all of their wiz kid peers from countries all over the world. Like a native language, technology is best understood by people who learn it from birth. I cant wait to see the world in about 10-15 years when these kids start making their marks.
In today's world I think it's even more important for people to join programs like the Peace Corps and to travel abroad to see how other people live. I've really begun to realize while being here how interconnected everything is and I strongly feel that this experience will make me a better person in any future path I take.