It’s the Atithi Guest house in Jaipur. It was conveniently located, about $1 tuk-tuk ride from the Old Town. I liked it. I had room that cost 750 rupees a night, about $16, which was their cheapest. Nice room. Very clean. But, no heat. Hot water in morning and evening for four hours each. Had wi-fi for $2 a day. Wi-fi was strong. Had good food. The penne pasta was really, really tasty. The staff were nice, though somewhat reserved. They were very helpful. Would I stay there again? Absolutely.
This is the Starbucks that I went to on the mornings when the guesthouse where I was staying had no internet connection, which was quite often. Not that I really minded. I’m always looking for a chance to spend $2.50 on a latte in one of the world’s less developed countries. Especially when I can get a really, really good cup of coffee at Pudarayah, the insanely crowded bus station across the street from the Starbucks. Unfortunately, the don’t have any wi-fi at the bus station.
This is a Malaysian air-card that the owner of the hostel where I stayed let me use when the wi-fi was down. It worked just like my U.S. air-card back home. It had about the same speed and worked just like the one at home did. The only difference was that he only paid about one-third what I paid back home.
This is a bakery I found in HCMC. Wow, did it have yummy stuff that was bad for my waistline! Boy, did I want to go there all the time. For about $1.50 I could get a couple of those yummy products and a coke or a coffee. Plus, the people were so nice there. They would even carry the little tray around and I could point and they would get the stuff out of the display case and warm it up if I wanted. Then I could go upstairs and chow down in air-conditioned comfort or eat outside on the patio overlooking the park. Did I mention they had wi-fi? Was this a little slice of paradise or what?
Highlands Coffee is this wonderful find I made in Vietnam. Actually, it was there long before I went to the country. You might ask – What is a Highlands Coffee? Think of an upscale Starbucks with a better menu, better coffee, better pastries, more comfortable seating, a very attentive staff and wi-fi. Need I say more?
It was a lovely little hotel that served a great breakfast and had free wi-fi. The only problem was our room – the door behind Ethel – was right by the courtyard where the younger crowd at the hostel partied until I threatend to kill them all at 4 AM.