Monday 19 April 2021

Why There is No Q This Week. Well Kind Of.

Dear readers of the Q, I am currently in Cuba, where Internet connection is limited. Wi-Fi (weefee as the Cubans call them) hotspots are the only way to connect and use is limited to a public area (parks, hotel lobbies, etc) and wtih connection speeds are a throwback to the early days of the internet.

Text, emails is fine, but images and Whatsapp and Skype is subject to the number of connections around you. My connection this morning (Saturday) is great, no drops at all, but last night, took a half hour to check some emails. And at US$2/hr.

Upper end hotels have wi-fi in the rooms, so I am told, but be prepared to spend $300 a night. I chose to rent a one bedroom apartment found on Airbnb, in the nice area known as Vedado, next to Veija Havana, a few blocks of the Malecon.

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Updating the Q is almost impossible. It would mean sitting at the park bench across the apartment building (a 5 storey walk-up) when the wi-fi doesn’t reach the steps of the building with my laptop, and dealing with dropped connections, low speeds (about 56kbps) and many sites, including many parts of, with denied access.

There may and wikiley be some posts as I can get a good connection. The Q will return in full starting the 24th of June.

My Cuba experience will be available on the Q and my new travel site coming soon,

In the meantime, please take the opportunity to browse our archives for great stories.

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"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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