I miss my cable connection. I had become so used to being able to almost instantly load web pages and download huge files in a matter of moments that I all but forgot about the dark ages of dial up. If you have a broadband connection, I beg you to please not take it for granted. If you do not have a broadband connection and one is available, what are you waiting for? When you wake up and the speed is gone, the alternative is a nightmare. Here in Kenya we went from our always on connection to a connection that is only on when I go to the internet café in Nakuru. I pack up the laptop into my trusty back pack, strap it on and start walking. When I make it to the main road I hitch a ride on a matatu (14 passenger van used for public transportation). These vans are not like the huge 15 passenger vans you see in the USA, but are like regular sized vans with more seats jammed into them. My legs are always crammed into the seat in front of me, and the person sitting next to you is almost sitting in your lap. Kenyans seem to think that when wind is blowing on you then it must be cold, so they always close the windows. I on the other hand am almost always hot and so end up sweating a few buckets before reaching town. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes to make the trip as we have to stop to unload passengers and pick up passengers. The matatu does not stop in the town center but rather has to stop in a staging area. When I disembark (being somewhat of a large person this is not always an easy task in the tight quarters of a matatu) I have to walk to the internet café. Now the internet café is not really all that far from the stage, but the sheer number of people walking around makes for difficult going. To make matters worse you must always be on the look out for vehicles as they do not place much value on the lives of pedestrians. When I have plenty of money I usually stop in a supermarket to grab a cold coke to cool off, then I head for the internet café. This particular café is using a DSL connection so it is not quite as bad as a dial up, but still nowhere near my old cable connection. The rest of the places in town use dial up connections. I made a deal with one café, and they let me bring my laptop and plug into their network. This system works for sending and receiving emails and updating this blog, but we sure do miss being able to go to the computer and access the internet. I feel so isolated without the internet. Back in the USA I used the internet for all kinds of things. I did all my banking on the internet, including paying my bills. I got my news from the internet. I printed stamps from the internet. I even rented movies off the internet. Now I feel so unconnected. Please, I am begging you; do not take your broadband connections for granted.