Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

T'internet

Broadband Internet is frequently available in larger towns. Most of the Alpine countries have recognised the power of the Internet to unite communities, reduce isolation and offer opportunities and information to small communities. Do not expect little villages to have Internet cafes, but many towns will. You can then check emails, burn CDs, print things off and so on. I haven't seen VoIP (for example Skype) in use anywhere yet, but this might be an economic way to chat with the the folks back home, and seems bound to catch on.