Today, I decided to try Echolink. It uses the Internet to link up to other hams, which gives me the opportunity to connect throughout the world. I was able to talk to another ham in the Raleigh, NC area today.
The process is VERY easy. If you have a General license, the world is your oyster (so to speak). Honestly, if I'd realized that it was so simple, I've have done it much earlier.
This should make communications much easier. I'm going to try to find English-speaking hams in other countries over the next few months.