BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane, Yiddish, the importance of cows, novelist Chinua Achebe, financial risk management, Obama as an intellectual, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
The World's Largest Internet Cafes 800 or so FAST HP workstations, flat-panel Samsung displays, high-speed Internet access at incredibly CHEAP rates ($1 gets you started, $2 OR LESS per hour). Should have one of these in every town.
CyberCafe.com is a nice worldwide index of internet-enabled coffee houses and bars. Although their presence is waning in the US (The LA area only has three), most other countries have a handful in each major city and they're quite handy when you're traveling. A friend recently came back from Ecuador, where he used one for about a dollar per hour. By the way, I noticed something odd in the Ecuador listings, one cafe is called "BillGato Zona Internet." Am I translating that correctly as "Bill Gates Zone?"