Most of you are too young to remember this, but in the early years of the twenty-first century there used to be establishments in most cities known as internet cafés or cybercafés. These were places with booths and computers, where tourists and other people who didn’t have their own internet connection could go online, check their e-mails and log in to now-defunct websites such as VirtualTourist.
These internet cafés did a thriving business for about a decade, before people started carrying their own WLAN devices (known in some countries as Wi-Fi).
When I was in Antwerp in August 2012 there was still one internet café in operation, namely this one at the corner of Van Maerlantstraat and Goudbloemstraat.
My photos in this post are from 2012. I revised the text in 2020.
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