by wjw on November 10, 2013

A note on the bandwidth here.  The last photo I uploaded took 40 minutes.  The last email I sent took over an hour.  For the last two or three days, I’ve got no email at all.

This I could perhaps have dealt with gracefully: if it doesn’t Send the first time, you just keep hitting Send.  But there was only one small area that had wi-fi, and it was the hottest, most airless part of the place.  My last update, the sweat was pouring off me, dropping from my nose onto the keyboard, and probably ruining my nice shirt.

 I’ve now moved from the island of Siladen (pop. 300) to Lembeh on the mainland of Sulawesi, where there’s a substantial town replete with modern miracles, such as ATMs.  I have a very small air-conditioned room with wi-fi, and though bandwidth is still scarce, at least I can curse and shriek and pound the walls in air-conditioned comfort.

And speaking of moving, it’s a bit of a jolt to be presented your final bill and see it comes to 2,288,741.  Even though it’s rupiah, and less than $300.

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