“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too”.
This proverb basically says that you can’t use something up and still have it to enjoy. Or, another way to put it... you can’t have it both ways.
One of the frustrations I have been facing in my host country the past few years deals with the internet. I was raised in America -- the land of the free. In my host country, I don’t mind that they block porn -- great! However, we have been having more and more restrictions on us over the years, especially since 2008. The news comes and goes. If one news site is blocked, there are usually others to look at. Then they started cracking down. First it was the blocking of all blogs. Then various other sites were blocked. Some cities were totally shut down from accessing the internet after some political problems arose. Then Facebook and other social network sites were blocked. At one point, we used internet proxies. These were great, but we often spent more time looking for a proxy that worked, than the actual time using it. We then all got VPN’s so that we could freely access the internet. Soon after, all of the free VPN’s were blocked. Then, in the search for access to the internet, we all got paid VPN’s. More expensive, but the freedom to access the internet was worth it. Unfortunately, this Spring, they cut off access to most VPN’s. My VPN company was severely hurt by this. Fortunately for me (and many of my friends), my company was on the ball and quickly set up some new sites with a totally different system. All this to say, because of my internet restrictions, I cannot always get on the internet to post blogs.
So, living abroad has many, many advantages -- and a few disadvantages... It is sad to give up freedom to help others who are less fortunate. I guess we can’t all have our cake and eat it too.