Trials of a Quasi-Connected Traveler
We were sitting in a charming little pub in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. As the band cranked through bad covers of American pop tunes, we sipped Guinness, checked e-mail on our laptops, made cheap Skype calls to friends halfway around the world, and IM-ed with reckless abandon. We had discovered Web nirvana.
When we visited Ireland last fall, we knew we'd find beautiful countryside, friendly people, and fine beer. The question was whether we'd be able to bring our Internet lifestyle along for the ride. Unfortunately, our experience at the pub was the exception, not the rule. Even in high-tech meccas (and Ireland is rapidly becoming one), the Internet isn't always easy to find--and when you do, it ain't cheap.