Wednesday, 24 April 2013

I didn't use the Internet for two weeks...and I survived

I've just got back from my honeymoon in Cuba. The resort we stayed at didn't have wifi but it did have an internet cafe...that didn't work for most of the time we were there.
As a result, I didn't use the internet for two weeks. For a web addict like me this was a shock to the system and I can't remember the last time I was offline for so long.
Of course, I missed social media and my emails, but the site I missed the most was Wikipedia. It was strangely frustrating to wonder something and not being able to instantly find the answer.

Some of the things I wondered were:

  • Are there any poisonous frogs or toads in Cuba? (And do they look like the one who took up residence on the top of our suite's front door? The answer is yes - gulp - but possibly the one on our door was too small to cause us trouble.)
  • How can I make a mojito at home as good as the ones in Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana?
  • Was Che Guevara Mexican? Why were his remains found in Bolivia? If he's Mexican, why do Cubans love him so? (Thanks to wonderful Wikipedia, I now know he was Argentinian and roamed south and central America leading revolutions against US imperialism. The CIA killed him in Bolivia.)
  • What does a tocororo bird look like?
  • How does communism work in practice?

Just 20 years ago I'd have wondered these things and had to come home and go to a library to find out the answers. Thank goodness for the internet!

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