Some days living abroad can seem-- well-- isolated and out of the loop. Okay, there, I've said it. Do any of you relate?
In Okinawa especially, while I do genuinely appreciate Obon drumming and Eisa dancing, I often do feel deprived in terms of independent films, fashion, popular culture, but most of all, music from back home!
We do have an English radio program here and I'll admit that Lady GaGa is catchy, but come on! All the time?
This feeling of being out of the know isn't new for me. When I was in the Peace Corps in Africa from 94-96, I missed out on all kinds of radical popular culture happenings in the states... some of the big ones include the whole Friend's sitcom explosion, the proliferation of the internet, and Starbucks! These things mark my generation somehow, and I was wholly unaware of them for two whole years...
Luckily now, we do have the Internet so we're not completely cut off, but some times I still feel detached from things going on at home.
Recently, I made this little discovery. It's not exactly mainstream popular culture, but oh so satisfying, new, and fresh to me. It's "Song of the Day" on NPR, and I have to say, it's my little indulgence. I look forward to hearing the new selection as soon as I wake up in the morning.
How do you get your musical or artistic outlet while you're traveling or living abroad?