When life hands you lemons, you need to be able to think about lemonade. Recently, I ended up in the hospital, but something helped me spend those dreary hours in a hospital ward: being well prepared. For one thing, I rarely go anywhere without my backpack, and my backpack holds a lot of mobile tech.
1. Be Well Prepared
It sounds pretty simple, but many of us pack a number of things with us everyday. From laptops, to tablets, to ebook readers, and more, you may not realize it, but if you're in a pickle, then you'll have something to fall back onto. In my pack, I had a laptop, a DLSR, a book, some art supplies, and some notebooks. They all came in handy during my stay at the hospital.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
I've learned at my expense that if I don't ask any questions, I usually won't get any answers. Figuring things out by yourself isn't always the best way to go. This is also very true when you're stuck in a foreign country. Someone will be able to help you.
3. Look For Known Places
One of the things that bailed me out on my trip to the hospital was a Starbucks, which was located inside the hospital. That meant that I could have WiFi without having to leave the hospital. You'll find out that hospitals rarely have WiFi, since it can interfere with the life saving equipment on a ward.
If no one can help you, don't be afraid to check things out by yourself. Most buildings have many internal maps, that can be figured out no matter in which language they are written.
5. Have a Backup Plan
If all fails, then it's best to have a plan B. While I don't have a plan C, a backup plan is prudent to have. This could entail using your smartphone or a staff computer if you're in a tight spot.