Seeing the world, one country at the time

Staying connected has both been ridiculously easy and maddeningly hard. The bad part is that getting the laptop connected in South America was close to impossible. There either were very few wireless cities (Santiago being just about the only exception) or the Internet cafes did not know how to hook up a laptop. That said, finding an internet cafe proved to be easier than to find somewhere to buy milk and bread.

Numerous as they might be, they could also be quite expensive and it was not unheard of us spending $25 for a couple of hours online (in Australia). Now, it all depends on how much email you get on a daily basis, but imagine that you have not had a connection for a week or two and then imagine the amount of emails waiting for you when you finally get to go online again. Now, have your check book imagine paying up to $10/hour for plowing through the sea of emails. Basically, the notion I am trying to get across is that it is almost impossible to answer all your emails as quickly as we would like :- ( Still, we love getting emails from old and new friends, so keep them coming.

Regardless, we will give you the scoop on the different countries as we travel through them. South- America and Australia/NZ should be online by the end of August.

Peru

Just about impossible to find a wireless connection for the laptop. Do not plan on using your laptop period as even getting it hooked up with a LAN line in Internet cafes proved unsuccessful. This was true as of November 2006. That said, internet cafes were numerous and inexpensive @ US$1/hour.

Bolivia

Bolivia is, so far, the most underdeveloped country we have been to in terms of getting a connection to the Internet. It did have some Internet cafes, but they were fewer and further between. If you can't be away from your email for more than a couple of days, stay out of Bolivia. That said, Anna and I ventured into some amazingly desolate mountain ranges where you could only get with a 4x4, so that might have had something to do with it ;- )

Chile

Possibly the most modern and developed nation in South America, Chile proved to be a Mecca for people in need of a wireless connection. Admittedly, finding a connection was only easy in Santiago, but at least there was such a thing as a wireless hotspot there. And often free to boot. As for Internet cafes - yup, plenty of those two.

Argentina

If you go to Buenos Aires & Barriloche, you should be able to find a wireless connection or two. Buenos Aires was particularly nice as they had a number of old style European cafes that also hosted hotspots. Not free, but reasonable.

Brazil

Strangely enough, Rio did not have a net cafe on every corner. There were some, but surprisingly few and we ended up using the hostel computer instead. Relatively expensive and not terribly fast. Sao Paulo, where we stayed with friends, seemed to have far fewer tourists and even fewer Internet cafes, but it is a thorougly modern city and I suspect you can find quite wireless connections there.

Ecuador

Possibly the only place we didn't really use Internet very much as we were staying with a friend from the American Embassy, Helene, and she had a wireless connection at home. So unfortunately, I can't really tell you much about it.

Australia

Surprisingly, Australia proved to be tougher to find Internet cafes than just about every single country we visited in South America, Bolivia included. Yes, Sydney, Melbourne and Alice Springs did have wireless hotspots, but as soon as you left the bigger cities, you had to look long and hard to find a connection.

New Zealand

A well connected country, both in terms of cafes and wireless hotspots. Basically, wherever you went, there would be a cafe.

Singapore

Much like New Zealand, Singapore was a well connected place to be. You will not have any problem hooking up your laptop upon arrival.

Thailand