A rare blog from:- Anthonyslark@yahoo.co.uk
I don’t know where to begin, it’s been so long and I’m not used to writing anything these days.
The summer was quite an ordeal this year. Six months of heat and dry weather was finally relieved yesterday as the tail end of the latest hurricane hit Lisbon briefly. Today I’m actually feeling cold and I’m thoroughly enjoying that. There can’t be many people left who doubt that man is destroying our wonderful planet by causing climate change. But it seems to me that very few people are prepared to take action to stop the destruction. I, for one, am prepared to go to almost any length to do my bit to save our planet. I am prepared to eliminate meat from my diet, I am almost vegetarian in any case. I am prepared to use public transport instead of driving a car around. I already do this although I might buy an electric car in the future. I am prepared to recycle every small thing that I can. I already do this. One thing that I cannot do right now is to plant trees. I wish I had somewhere where I could plant them and grow my own organic fruits and vegetables I hope that day will come. I already use as little plastic as possible and reuse those inevitable plastic bags as many times as I can. When I see the disregard for recycling here, I am always shocked. People just don’t bother, don’t seem to care. I get mad when I see this.
I had a recurrence of my red eye problem a few weeks ago and it lasted quite some time before finally disappearing. These days I use my computer much less to avoid having eye strain. I’m fine again now but I need to take care.
Having AirBNB guests has been an amazing experience for us. We meet guests from all corners of the world. Yesterday two guests from Germany and one from Hong Kong checked out and a guest from Ukraine checked in. This evening, a middle aged couple from Quito, Ecuador, will arrive here; Carlos and Ana Maria
Whilst the majority of guests are nice people, not all are nice and we’ve had some really terrible people here too. Maybe 5% or one guest in twenty will not be friendly. I dislike having such guests and feel very happy when they depart and we can relax again. German and British guests are consistently good, quiet, friendly and very considerate. We also get guests from Morocco and Algeria and they are consistently excellent, very friendly, polite and calm. Recently we hosted our first guests from The Yemen, a diplomat and his wife. They were really excellent guests and I would love to meet them again one day.
We have a list of countries which produce many unpleasant guests. This list is very private obviously because we also get excellent guests sometimes from these countries and I would never wish to cause offence to good people. But in general we dislike, loud, brash, over confident people and people who have little or no consideration for others or people who think they are better than others.
We get mostly excellent reviews from our guests. Well we’ve also had a few bad reviews too, always from those obnoxious guests who look hard for something to complain about. Our typical reviews are like this:-
Anthony is a fantastic host, we really enjoyed our time in Lissabon. The room was very clean and well organized. I will book Anthonys room again everytime I travel to Lissabon. Greetings from Germany!
Response from Anthony:
Thank you Paula for this great review. You were also great guests and I hope you will come again to my home. Hi to Leon also.
When we get such reviews, I feel that all our efforts have been worthwhile. If we were to get many negative reviews I think I would throw in the towel and finish hosting altogether.
Goma will be the first family member to arrive here from Nepal. I or Kumar will meet her flight from Kathmandu at Lisbon Airport. I can’t wait. I get on famously with Goma and we love to chat and sip endless cups of tea together.
Kumar is well but seems to have some sort of eye infection. It could be too many hours on his laptop late at night. He is now working full time at a sushi & pizza restaurant in Belem (Bethlehem). Some nights he brings home delicious pizzas for me to eat next day. Yesterday he came home very early because of the hurricane approaching Lisbon. So instead of pizza, we shared a bottle of excellent, chilled, white wine. That guaranteed me a good sleep.