Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hospitality

hos·pi·tal·i·ty


/ˌhäspəˈtalədē/


noun

noun: hospitality

1.
the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

synonyms: friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generosity, entertainment, catering, food
"we found nothing but hospitality among the local inhabitants"

adjective

modifier noun: hospitality

1.
relating to or denoting the business of housing or entertaining visitors.
"the hospitality industry"

I just hosted a young teacher from Boston. She booked for one night and then booked another. We talked solid for both nights. She was in her early thirties and had travelled the world. It is extraordinary in this hospitality industry the deep connections that are possible. I think it's the opportunity to reinvent oneself. To present this temporary self: a shiny version of what one would like to project all the time to the world. Fresh, clean, no hang-ups, positive, tidy, organized and optimistic. A scintillating raconteur. A story teller par excellence. A few days of mutual discovery are just about right. Though I have hosted singles for nearly 2 weeks. Twice.

It shows me also I am not too reclusive, I love good conversation but not all the time. These interactions sharpen my skills and also extend me a little as I include breakfast so thus have to be a little creative in the culinary arts. But not too much.

The gregarious part of my "gregarious loner" status comes out to play and interact. And that is all good. And to get paid for what I love to do is pretty damn amazing.

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  1. I am a new follower, do you do air bnb or whatever it is called? It sounds like you have found a good balance for your gregarious loner status.

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    1. Yes Airbnb Terra. I haven't had a bad experience yet. They do the screening and I must say the guests have been fantastic. I've also used Airbnb and it was amazing. An old farmhouse in West Cork.
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  2. we managed a small authentic sugarhouse "romantic getaway for two" - five yrs. in VT. we had the fireplace roaring if they wanted on arrival. little kitchenette, full bath. private patio. met the nicest people. never a problem. miss it terribly but too long in the tooth to manage it now.

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    1. I'm getting there myself, anon. Your place sounds absolutely lovely. I've stayed in Vermont a few times, beautiful state.

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  3. I almost never see any accommodation for wheelchair users, so traveling is more expensive when factoring hotels. I'm glad for you that your guests and you enjoy each other.

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    1. Of course it must be so expensive E and to convert an old salt box house like mine to be more amenable would be outrageous in cost and simply unaffordable.
      I wish grants were available to extend this kind of assistance to the less able bodied.

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  4. I am glad that you had that opportunity.

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  5. Ye, it's always interesting Ramana!

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  6. Funny how we often have the best and most intimate conversations with total strangers.

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    1. Keen observation Hattie - sans baggage enhances the experience I would think!

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  7. It's quite a skill putting on the flawless host persona. Jenny and I once drove all round the Irish coast, staying in B&Bs every night, and we always had a warm welcome and a comfortable room. Not one surly landlady to be seen.

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    1. I think to be surly would be extremely detrimental to one's bottom line, Nick. LOL. You have to be a certain kind of personality. Performance art at times!

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  8. Have been curious about AirBnB but never used it. Sounds like you enjoy yours and those who stay.

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  9. I find it amazing system Joared and so far I've had wonderful guests. All the screening is predecessor and payments are deposited into my account Pronto. This old pensioner is happy with that!
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