Let's talk for a second about that moment when I open a new browser tab only to see the "DNS FAILURE" screen. My heart sinks every time.
And no, this isn't about Facebook, bad example. Between going to school online and starting my design business, I need the internet working!
The internet in Dominica is less than reliable. Sometimes it is so slow it's not worth using, other times it turns on and off again at the most inconvenient times. But it's the 75% of the time that it works just fine that I get tricked into feeling comfortable with it. I've been lulled into a false sense of stability.
When it goes out my choices are to stay home & ignore the work I should be doing, walk to Chris's med-school, or walk to a friend's house to mooch off their service. To be honest, all these choices are less than ideal. Ignoring the work is tempting, but not good when I have to work double the next day. Going to campus or a friends house means having to pack everything up and walk across town (often in the rain or after dark).
Reliable internet service is high on the list of things I miss from home. Maybe even above a dishwasher or washing machine.