In the early morning we were up making coffee and a caravan of horses crossed the river and passed through our camp. There’s no bridge to the houses on the opposite side of the river. The horses were unladen so they were likely going to town to resupply.
We passed more rice fields on our way to Jaén.
We are experiencing a technology shitstorm of sorts. We’ve had the trifecta of electronic death of a camera, laptop and external hard drive (which had the backup to the now dead laptop).
My laptop’s hard drive has died AGAIN. We just had it repaired in February in Guatemala City.
This comes on the heals of my camera (Canon S100) dying a couple of weeks ago, which I’m still bitter about. We shipped it from Cuenca, Ecuador (using Jimmy’s Express Courier) back to the States for repairs and I’m still amazed that it arrived. I had suspected that we just gifted Jimmy a broken camera. I’ve lost confidence in international mail after some postcards took three months to get from Guatemala to the States.
We arrived in Jaén today, the province capital, and Scott spent all day working on the laptop with the help of AppleCare. This is after he spent a couple of hours yesterday morning doing the same. No one knows what’s ailing this machine.
I’m enormously annoyed that we are dealing with this again. It’s such a waste of time. I have very limited patience when it comes to malfunctioning technology. I’m ready to just disconnect and go back to the days of travel where contact was limited to a phone call or email once in a while. Now that mobile communication is more or less ubiquitous there’s an expectation where there wasn’t before, to be connected to the outside world.
Alas, the computer is still under warranty so we feel obligated to get it fixed now. The only Apple Service Center in Peru is on the coast in the capital city, Lima. We had not intended on visiting Lima because we wanted to ride further down the Andes cordillera. I hate the thought of detouring for a stupid computer repair.
I’m already thinking ahead to our next tour in terms of electronics. There’s a physical (weight), mental (frustration), and monetary cost for all this convenience.