the life style to which i am accustomed

25Jul06

this is not about brand names and expensive things. no this is about how i work here. and how i could not work like that in south africa. basically the concept of walking to a local cafe, getting a good cup of joe, and hopping online there to do some work is pretty much impossible to replicate there. first off, there are few cafes with wifi, and far fewer with free wifi. even if they do have wifi, the data speeds there are miserable. in well developed cities they are 1mb down / 256kb up MAX, and non-commercial connections have a 3 Gb data cap. and this is supposed to make south africa “competitive” with europe and the US mind you. second, even if there are cafes with wifi, pretty much none of them have good coffee. some have mediocre coffee. but for instance, origin, doesn’t have wifi. nor do any of the other halfway decent places i tried. finally you can’t just decide to go walk out for a cup of joe at 6 pm, or any time on weekends, and expect a decent cafe to even be open, let alone have wifi. nor would you really walk 10 blocks at 6pm or after lest you wind up a victim of some idiotic violent crime. so forgetaboutit. we have it good here.

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