Following the short postscript on my previous blog post, I’m back in the UK after a short dash to Italy and back.
The world really is getting smaller, but the cultural differences and difficulties in communication are as still as evident as always, especially when off the beaten path.
My sister in law was taken seriously ill whilst on holiday and I went over to offer some support to my brother who had travelled over the week before. Alone in a non-english speaking country with just his iPhone as a lifeline, he needed some assistance, even if was just a familiar face to help out.
Whilst on his own, and trying to communicate with Doctors, Nurses and basically everybody else, his iPhone has been invaluable. Real time Google Translate, Word Lens, Maps, iMessage, eMail and many other apps have all played a part in helping him through a difficult time in impossible situations.
The positive impact of the iPhone in this horrendous situation can not be understated.
They are both now en-route back to the UK, even though they have to endure a 22 hour ambulance journey across Europe. It’s going to be an even longer journey for them both to hopefully full recovery, but at least they’ll have family on hand to help out in any way possible.
My thanks to the Doctors and Nurses in Nocera Inferiore, Salerno for looking after Ian and Jan, as well as the kindness shown by many of the local people during this difficult time.