We had been denied Internet in Tuscany, and by the time we got to Florence we were wanting badly to check our email. When we got to our hotel and noticed that right outside our window was an Internet cafe, Internet Train, that had wi-fi, we thought what the hell, lets buy a couple of hours and see if it works from our hotel room. It was pretty cheap at 2.50 Euro for an hour. We had a pretty good signal and the first night I posted six blogs that had already been written and were just sitting on my hard drive, and also responded to my mother who now probably thought I was dead as I had “ignored” two of her emails. Two hours went by too quickly. The next thing I remember was looking at the clock and seeing that I was out of time. Shit, I used up 5 Euro and Chris didn’t even have time to do anything. So, next A.M. there we were buying 4 more hours.
I am sure, by now, you know how the story goes. The Internet Train is like a drug dealer. Sure you can have an hour ma’am. Here is your bag of www “crack”. Go have fun. But then, when your time is up you need another hit. Over the next few days, we made several trips to that counter to buy more time. There were so many things we needed to do, like pay bills, blog, email, call family and friends on Skype, not to mention, it is ridiculous how much you need the Internet when you are overseas trying to arrange/research future traveling sites, like hotels/hostels, language classes, car rentals, etc. So, how much did we use over 3 days/4 nights you ask? Well, I am ashamed to say, but it was 15 hours, and truthfully, we probably would have bought one more hour had they not closed early on the weekend. We are sad aren’t we? Here we were in Florence, Italy and we spent 15 hours of it on the Internet. LOL