One thing this trip has taught me: speed. Would that it had also taught me brevity, but that would take more discipline and practice. At home, I can ponder for long enough before posting a perfected product (!!), having checked it, edited it, considered and finally accepted that it was not going to get any better. Here – time is too short for all that faffing.
I am finding that using the technology on offer away from the home station can be very testing. Not only is it difficult to get it to give me any instructions in a language I can understand (despite my utter command of world pidgin english/french/spanish) but there is the added problem of the payment required.
It costs two euro (that´s 2 euro!!) for twenty minutes. There doesn´t seem to be a clock on the computer to give me any idea of when my time is up, to allow me to put extra money in – which has already meant it has closed down on me, losing whatever has already been written.
Added to that is the frustration that very often I can´t manage to find the correct punctuation signs on the keyboard (witness the sign for the euro!!! Or lack of.)
Now – this does not mean I´ll be glad to get back to my own sweet laptop. Indeed, it would be wonderful to have enough time to figure this whole new world of global communication out properly!! (However, it does mean that I don´t usually have time for proofreading – so please forgive all the dreadful typos in this and the previous few blogs. Previous typos don´t have any such excuse!!!
And – also please forgive the abrupt endings. Time is already up, I fear!!