My wife and I were on a Caribbean cruise last week – our first ever, which meant the whole experience was new to us. The most novel part, to me at least, was spending several days without internet access. It was available through ship-board wi-fi, but at $29 for 45 minutes of slow satellite connectivity, it simply wasn’t worth it. It was the first time in years I can remember going for more than a few days without, making our cruise something of the truest vacation I’ve had in ages.
The situation was similar in our two Mexican ports of call. With wireless roaming even more expensive than satellite access, we left our phones off. It was only when we found a beach resort in Cozumel with free wi-fi that we were ably to briefly jump online and catch up on what was going on in the world. Over all, the break was kind of nice.
However, it was in Progreso, an unremarkable city on the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where I really felt the strange disconnection. My wife remarked at the large birds dive-bombing fish in the water, believing them to be pelicans. I was fairly sure they were kingfishers and instinctively reached for my phone to check, before realizing we were on our own. There would be no internet to confirm one way or the other. Read the rest of this entry »