The ‘Andrea’ was originally scheduled to leave last Monday, but TIA, so you can forget about that flight of fancy. Today was whiled away at the little café in Port Mole (only €3 for a gritty coffee with powdered milk – cheap for Libreville) where Alex and I cadged the free wi-fi access that one of the shipping offices around here courteously (but no doubt unintentionally) provides.
Alex, to his eternal shame, is lumbered with a MacinTOSH computer (the clue is in the title), the least portable portable computer in the world. While he was walking up and down the street waving it about trying to get it to pick up a signal, I was happily sitting the an air-conditioned café chatting to my friend Anna on Skype.
Now apart from the obvious draw-backs of owning one of these Early Learning Centre-style “Macs” (ie. You can say bye bye to your video games, porn, Skype and videos that play in the correct aspect ratio… unless you pay extra!) can I be the one to point out that if you’re travelling they are the about as much use as a bag of sugar in your fuel tank – batteries, mon aimée, batteries… they last five minutes and you can’t swap them for fully-charged spares. Rubbish!
I think I’ll stick with my Lego Technic thank you very much, even if Duplo bricks are the ‘industry standard’. With my spare batteries, I can get 9 hours of juice out of this little fella (Dell Latitude X1, can’t say enough good things about it), connect to the internet in the most unexpected of places and even edit my videos (which I assure you will return one day). It’s been bashed around on my adventures, but it’s still going strong. Not bad considering I bought it off eBay for a goat and a couple of magic beans. Hee hee.