In the larger cities, you should have no problem finding wifi sites...larger hotes, some cafes etc. will probably have it. However, in small rural towns, sometimes there is only one computer in a bar in the town and everyone uses it. I am not certain, but I would not rely too heavily on readily available wifi connections.
Many of the 3-star hotels along the Camino provide wifi, but I would underline what Deirdre says. I would be greatly surprised if it were available outside major centres, but the situation may improve during the Holy Year...
There is wi-fi all the way along the Caminos - whenever you pass into a village or town ... they aren't meant to be wi-fi hotspots of course, but are domestic wi-fi connections where the owner has not set a password - lots of them - though I would never suggest that you connect with any of them.
Many many cafes along the Frances have a coin operated internet connection (set in a plywood case so looks a bit like a fruit machine) - depends when you are going - in March and April I found them mainly unused - but if there is a wait, well so what?
In all the bigger towns and cities there are internet cafes of course - just stop and ask any teenager (don't ask an adult).
There's a lot to be said for carrying a ramstick with your email details on etc, rather than a wi-fi computer, no matter how small or light it is - but, and here is the thing ... why would you possibly want to be connected to your 'home' world whilst on a pilgrimage?
Crikey! - why not let go? :wink: send them a postcard!
An ultra sub notebook weighs 2.5 pounds. I am thinking about it. My walks are reflective affairs and writing my thoughts are key to that experience. Has anyone tried taking a small laptop? do own an iphone which would be sufficient if it had a keyboard (but that is an issue for other forums)
it's true! I am the tree killer .. and my notebooks come from China where 8 year old children make them by hand, each line hand drawn, in a sub-standard lean-to shed for 3 pence a week ... and the wood for my pencils is from telegraph poles, stolen from the United Nations -
it's true! I am guilty (and too much of a wimp to carry extra stuff - especially if it is a machine!) :lol: :lol: :wink:
I can only say, I am SO glad to be home alone! Being found in tears at the keyboard would require more explanation than I can get the breathe to do! My sons would weep at your response to iphone! Poor sods, they're so totally hooked it's pathetic!
Reminds me of an instance at work when I told a coworker, that I would just cut and paste to get all of a project onto one page. He gave me the strangest blank look and told me this application won't allow you to do that. I had to show him my actual scissors and tape, before he understood, I meant CUT and PASTE!
Br. David, where can I get these hand made notebooks!?? And pencils from telegraph poles, are they heavy?
The problem with pencils is that when the black thing at the end (the tip I think its called) breaks or wears out you then you just have a stick.. I have a pile of them and don't know what to do with them
Yes, I understand the many sticks problem .... when you get enough of them buy some glue and then put them together in the shape of a laptop ... this will be much lighter than a real laptop, will float if you drop it in water - but will be just as useful as a real laptop on the Camino.
There, you see, lots of uses for the sticks once the black writing bit at the end has gone .... though there is a rumour that they can be recycled and reused by removing some wood from one end ...
but to be fair, there are some uses for a laptop too ...
1) you can look busy when someone comes along so you don't have to talk to them.
2) makes a nice level surface for resting a notepad and pencil on
3) can sit on it when taking a break in wet weather
4) can be used as a fan
5) very good for mixing small amount of cement on
6) good for sitting next to 'tapping' walking polers at night and really tapping back
7) opposite of 1. - you can engage in conversation by asking
a) where is there a power socket
b) no, I mean a working power socket
c) has anyone a european socket adapter
d) (in a bar/cafe) can I charge my laptop in here
e) (in a bar/cafe) what do you mean 'am I having a laugh'
f) do you know where there is a wi-fi hot spot
g) do you know how to ask 'where there is a wi-fi hot spot' in Spanish
h) does anyone know how to explain what a 'wi-fi hot spot' is in spanish
i) can I post this heavier than I thought it would be flat box to Ivar at Santiago please