Connected once again….**
You don’t realize how much we take high-speed cellular and WiFi service for granted until one leaves the United States (or some other highly-developed countries).
The cellular and WiFi infrastructure aboard cruise ships and many foreign countries remains very uneven….often slower than watching paint dry….unstable, with dropped connections and cut-offs….and prohibitively expensive in most areas.
So often, one finds themselves hunting-down a decent free-WiFi hotspot in some city with which one is totally unfamiliar. A daunting task, to say the least.
And, of course, cellular/mobile calls made while roaming internationally are punctuated by I gotta keep this short…..or this is running me $2/minute, so talk fast!
Shipboard WiFi is slower than watching grass grow. It often makes old-fashioned dial-up internet look fast! Usually, one must leave their cabin door open to get connected in their room….or wander around the ship in the middle of the night….to find a signal stronger than one bar.
So, one of the little glories of returning home is finding your cell/mobile phone leaping for joy at lightning-fast downloads and free phone conversations at something less than a frantic pace. And all those little apps work again!
And WiFi is fast and abundant again….in comfortable locations….and no hotel or café manager hustling you back out the door of his establishment unless you spend more money.
Ahhh, the little joys we take for granted!
»Photo: My oceanfront workstation at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale….with fast WiFi (at $15/day) and blazing-fast 4G/LTE cellular from AT&T!
**DAY 28 of 31: Holland America Line Zuiderdam Southern Caribbean/Panama Canal cruise….Fort Lauderdale, FL visit….& US East Coast road trip