Before I left the US for Panama, I wondered if my Kindle would work in a foreign land. It did work for reading ebooks (which I don’t do on my Kindle, oddly) and it helped that Panama has the same outlet plugs that the U.S. does. But didn’t work for getting my daily New York Times fix – which wasn’t crucial anyway since I don’t tend to read the paper much when I’m racing around on vacation. (Although we did end up watching CNN a few nights because we wanted to know what was happening in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East.)
As for Wi-Fi in general, we found we had to pay for it at the fancy resorts we stayed at in and around Panama City – but it was free at the little $80 a night B&B we stayed at in Bocas del Toro. Why is that?
It’s official – I’m getting a Netbook so I can blog from the road with more ease. Which means I won’t have to compete with various people – usually pre-teen and teen-age relatives – for computer time when I’m trying to blog from a relative’s house. And I won’t be at a loss when I want to blog from a hotel – although this isn’t always true since I will now be searching even more avidly for Wi-Fi, which isn’t always a given even when offered (as I discovered last December when the free Wi-Fi high speed wireless internet access generously offered by a Dodge City, Ks. coffee house suddenly was unavailable.)
I may also have a challenge next month when we’re staying at a very unplugged Inn on the Oregon Coast that makes a point (proudly? defiantly?) of offering no TV, phone, or radio (I didn’t dare ask about computers or Wi-Fi) – instead, it offers, books, conversation, and good food. And yes, I found this appealing.