A very rare journal entry from:- Anthonyslark@yahoo.co.uk
It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life has been terribly busy for me, mainly because 14 months ago I started hosting with AirBNB and apart from two or three days, the rooms have been packed here. It’s been an incredible experience for me and I’ve met some amazing and wonderful people along the way. Well I’ve met maybe eight or ten pretty nasty types too but most guests have been fine and some have turned into great friends. Hosting is very hard work if we do it well. I try my best to do it well. We have guests of all sorts of descriptions and expectations. I think the most frustrating guests are those who expect five star hotel standards for just a few euros. And I’ve also learned that no matter how hard we try, we cannot make bad guests happy. They will always find small things to complain about. They are also usually the people who try to bargain down prices and pay as little as possible. These people don’t give good reviews.
I have four or five times had people crying when saying goodbye at my door. This has an amazing impact on me. Most people love staying here and find us superb hosts and this really surprises me because I don’t think of myself as a great host. I am always just myself and try to welcome people as best I can. I always think that I’m not cut out to be a host but it seems that I am, after all. We get mostly five star reviews (90% at present) and I am a ‘Superhost’
Since coming to live in the Lisbon area we have talked about better places to live. I do love this little apartment but I don’t like the area so much. I want to live somewhere less urban. We also have bad neighbours upstairs
who make no effort to control their two year old kid from running wild on the wooden floor above our heads and creating thunder for us for hours every day. And if I bang the ceiling to ask them to be quiet, they get very upset. Only they are allowed to make noise it seems. All other neighbours are friendly here.
The picture at the top of the blog is of a detached house for sale in a very desirable place called Sesimbra,
about an hour from here. It’s being sold for 329,000 euros which is just 291,00 UK pounds. I guess somebody will buy it for around 275,000 pounds. I wish I could win the lottery because I’d sure be grabbing that place. It has a great kitchen
too so the girls would love it, when they get here.
And take a look at the sitting room. If I had that, I would change it to my style and it would look terrific. The only negative thing is that the swimming pool is a bit small but that wouldn’t worry me so much.
Well I have work to do now. I feel like sleeping. It must be that great red wine which Kumar forced me to drink with lunch today.