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An Old-Fashioned Vacation

I’m on vacation. On a very nice cruise ship. With a spa. Looking at lovely scenery. Without a consistent Internet connection. International roaming rates may apply.


I’m not particularly tech-savvy. I cheerfully admit my iPhone is smarter about itself than I’ll ever be. There are probably millions of things I could access on the Internet, and amazing photo-shop tricks I could use, but don’t.

On the other hand, I am technologically spoiled. I text message and check my email at a whim. I jump on and off the web to check facts while writing. I don’t think about what a marvel these activities are. Until they become awkward.

On a cruise ship, the Internet comes via satellite, but doesn’t work in port. Minutes are expensive, and the connection is slow. I wonder if my Social Media pals notice my absence.

I’m stepping back in techno-time – recording experiences on my unconnected laptop, taking pictures with an extra piece of equipment called a camera.

The next time I access the Internet will be to upload this blog. Next week the blog will be late – but there will be pictures to see and stories to read.

Meanwhile, I’m on vacation. On a very nice cruise ship.

Author Sandra Wagner Wright

Sandra’s latest book, Saxon Heroines: A Northumbrian Novel, is available in eBook and print editions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Google Play and Kobo. Her previous books Two Coins: A Biographical Novel and Rama’s Labyrinth: A Biographical Novel are available in print and eBook editions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Google Play and Kobo, and in audiobook editions at Amazon, Nook, Audible, Apple Books, and Kobo. Two Coins is narrated by Deepti Gupta and Noah Michael Levine. Rama’s Labyrinth is narrated by Deepti Gupta.

Sandra blogs weekly about topics related to her travels, writing life, and the incongruities of life in general.


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