Looking through my great-grandmother’s stamp collection.
This song is really abrasive but catchy.
Let me be even more clear: The Internet already exists in Africa! With few exceptions, no matter where I went in Ghana, I got wireless service – and was even able to tether my laptop to my BlackBerry. All of these experiences, as well as quickly signing up for a pre-paid wireless service in nearby Nigeria, make me deeply skeptical about the much-hyped attempts by massive Western corporations to “bring” Internet service to Africans. Google is planning on floating balloons over unconnected parts of the continent. And now Facebook, according to Techcrunch, is looking at buying a drone company called Titan Aerospace to do much the same thing: Toss up solar-powered unmanned flying craft that will beam down Internet to remote areas – like something out of a remake of The Gods Must Be Crazy.
This was the sunrise on the last day of our three day backpacking trip inside the HaleakaIā crater on Maui, at the Hōlua campsite.
It’s a really amazing place: we travelled from complete silence in a near-martian landscape through clouds, wind and volcanic rock to lush rainforest conditions at the other end. At Hōlua it got down to below zero, and then we woke up to this for the hike out.
We were both exhausted and sore by the end, but it was worth it.