I am one week into a nice relaxing holiday in the North of Scotland and enjoying every minute (now I have sorted out my internet). I am staying just above Inverness in a town called Rosemarkie, popular with tourists and commuters alike. I have stayed here about 3 years ago and knew the mobile phone signal was good. I therefore expected I could get 3G and would have mobile Internet immediately.
After arriving and trying the classic, hold the phone against the window to get a decent 3G signal, I gave up. The signal varied with the weather and wasn’t consistent enough to use for casual browsing. On looking at the wifi for the area, I found the Caravan and Camping Club site next door provided a pay-for wifi connection, after registering and trying it, I had secured internet access for the rest of the holiday. The wifi doesn’t provide the speed I am used to with just 0.8mb/s, but does provide the access I needed.
This saga made me realise how much I take the Internet for granted and how difficult I find life without it. I know, you are all thinking that you can live without Facebook/Twitter and email for 2 weeks and at a push I could. It is the ability to keep in touch with family on FaceTime, check in on our pond with the webcam and check on where the nearest supermarket is that we immediately missed.
So in short, I certainly take the Internet for granted and would be lost without it.
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