We are generally 06:00+ or 07:00+ from the majority of the people we know and
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A typical day has us checking e-mail, Facebook, etc. by 8:00am. A bunch of posts went up well after we went to bed and a few more trickle in until about 8:00am from the night owls (you know who you are...). Then there is a brief communication drought until roughly 1:00pm. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Now that we've been here for a little while and made more connections with people in the area, the communication drought is less noticeable than it was a year ago. But watching this delay is another reminder of how far away you are and how things at home move on without you, even when you've established new relationships in your new home. If you think about it too much, it can be a source of homesickness, but the thing to remember is this: It's not bad, it's just different. Things change no matter where you are - it's not a bad thing, it's just how life works. And these days, we can be thankful that in some small way we can be part of and witness these changes through e-mail, Facebook, Skype, and all the other communications made possible with today's technology, even if they seem to happen 6-7 hours later than we think they should.
It may be odd to see everyone else on this delay, but I wouldn't change our choice to start this adventure for anything. If nothing else, the delay gives me a load of fresh reading every morning.
Do you live on a different "time" than most people you know? What are your thoughts about living ahead/behind everyone else?