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No 419, Spam or Porn: Internet Cafes From Farflung Corners of the Globe

While living in Morocco last year, we made a trip to the Sahara Desert. The last town before the desert was a scruffy little outpost called M’Hamid. Because we’re self-employed, we needed to check our email. Happily, even M’Hamid had a (small, grungy) internet cafe:

Internet Access at the End of the World

Farflung travelers know that, wherever you are on the globe, there always seems to be an internet cafe nearby. I remember admiring one cafe owner in the small South African town of Hermanus. His lazy life of surfing and occasional tech support for young, hot Australians looked pretty appealing.

I got to wondering about where some of the most distant and remote internet cafes around the globe. Off I go to the Flickr.

To begin, here’s one from the other side of the Sahara, from Siwa Oasis in Egypt (photo by Jeff Werner):

A worrying backup power suppy in Manali, India (photo by alles-schlumpf):

A diversified business in Johannesburg, South Africa (photo by Esther Dyson–yes, that Esther Dyson):

There are more after the jump.

A cafe in Cusco, near Machu Picchu in Peru (photo by Daniel Lobo):

Next up is a rickety roadside stand in the state of Rajasthan in India (photo by Dave Morris–also check out these nice architectural shots):

Here’s a ‘cybercafe’, as they’re often called, on a United States Air Force base in Baghdad. That’s a lot of crew cuts in one tiny room (photo by Fotero):

Some sheep hanging out in front of a closed-up cafe in Gambia (photo by Victor de la Fuente):

Speaking of livestock, here’s a goat outside of a Ghanan cafe (photo by jntolva):

Monks check their email in Laos (photo by PIMboula):

A cafe in dire circumstances, at a refugee camp near Tindouf, Algeria (photo by Saharauiak)

It’s hardly remote, but I just liked this moody black and white shot of a London internet cafe (photo by Richard Holden):

No list like this would be complete without a ‘PC Bang’, the ubiquitous Korean internet cafes (photo by tawalker):

This sign was apparently on the wall of an internet cafe in Nigeria, home of the 419 scam (photo by Kate Raynes-Goldie):

And here are three more peculiar signs to finish things off (photos by tomeppy, contraption and matildaben, respectively) :

Near the end of writing this post, I also found this great Flickr group of 50-odd internet cafes.

3 Responses to “No 419, Spam or Porn: Internet Cafes From Farflung Corners of the Globe”

  1. Derek K. Miller

    I think I received email from the one in Peru once. And that Laotian monk Internet cafe looks pretty darn nice — better than some university computer labs I’ve seen here in Canada.

  2. VancityAllie

    Great post. Wow, that’s some brand advertising for Internet Explorer eh? Hah! Microsoft would be stoked to see that.

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