Way back when I studied in Belgium for a semester during college, connecting with family back home was a pain in the you-know-what. I had to buy special phone cards to make international calls, then keep up with how many minutes I had left. Misdial a number and you had to start the arduous process of punching in numbers all over again. And email? Yes, it existed, but I either had to fight other students to use the school’s computers or pay per minute at an internet cafe in town. This was pre-wifi (2000) and before everyone had internet on…