I'm travelling in Europe on business for just over a week. I'm in Helsinki, Finland and then I'll be in Sweden, Germany and Russia. Honestly, it's not as glamorous as it sounds.
I've been able to call back to my folks to see how my mother is doing. Today she sounded much better than earlier in the week. It was a brief call, but she did not sound as out of breath as she has been previously.
Since overseas cell phone calls are very expensive I've been using a computer service called Skype. Skype has amazing voice quality and it's free for calling from computer to computer and cheap for calling from a computer to a regular land line. (Cheap here means about 2-3 cents per minute, which is 50-100 times cheaper than European hotel or roaming cell phone rates.) You just download the software, register and plug in a headset. It's really easy.
If you want to see what I'm up to in Europe, you can go to Splashblog and see photos from my cell phone, like the airline food I had on my flight from Munich to Helsinki the other day. (Click on the photos to see them full size.)