Borrowing a bit of bandwidth from the unsecured Wi-Fi signal that we have been picking up, we were happy to be able to organize a Christmas day Skype video chat with our daughter Cass and Rebecca’s parents. Skype is something new for us but it worked like a charm, once we got the hang of it. Talking on the video chat takes a bit of coordination, much like speaking on the radio does. Because there is a bit of a delay*, one person needs to speak, then stop and wait for the other person to reply.
Speaking Skype to Skype, as we were, is free but I’ve read on their website that they also offer a number of paid plans and subscriptions which allow you to call from your computer to both land lines and mobile phones. This sounds like it could be a big help to us, now that we are phone-less (our TracFone is basically a paperweight now that we are out of the US). I would be interested in hearing from any readers who are currently using this service as well as what you think about its usefulness.
Unrelated Note: The strong weather front that was forecasted to arrive today is whipping through right now. The wind has kicked up and it has started to rain. We’re sure glad we’re in such a protected anchorage!
Rebecca video chatting with our daughter, Cass.
Decorating our dinghy with our solar lights.
You get the idea.
We were very happy to be invited to dinner on the catamaran Isla Bonita.
Lobster Lasagna… MMMMmmmm!
*I read the following on a Wi-Fi website that we were unsuccessful in connecting to. It’s pretty funny:
Note: If the ‘Net seems slow, please keep in mind that you’re on a boat, in a marina, in the Bahamas, on a Wireless signal, on a satellite link 22 thousand miles each way from the Internet. In short, even at it’s best, the service will be slower than it is from any of the hard-wired services on the continents. So, while you’re waiting for that web page to load, take a minute to look out the window and imagine how many people are sitting in their office staring at a picture of where you are! (grin..)