Summer travels and somethings stuck in the chimney and I don’t know what it is

Summer is almost over. For me, and most kids, summer ends when school starts. So, I thought I’d tell the tale of our travels.  My son on the autism spectrum, age 17, decided he was only happy traveling and I told him he is super lucky, both of his parents are world travelers. So we packed our bags and went all over. He prefers water parks, amusement parks, arcades, and dinner theaters so we went to very touristy areas.

The first stop was  a spur of the moment airbnb rental. It was a lovely large house with great hosts.  We even were able to pack the cat. She ended up being a wonderful traveler though I had to stop her from scratching up the couch.

That was such a positive experience but the next one was not so much.  We went through a website that promised luxury cabins.  They wouldn’t let us check in until at least 4pm and I went to pay and the cabins at that office were beautiful with a great view. Unfortunately, our cabin was far off, no mountain views but a flat grass patch that I`ve looked at my whole life. Worse, it was obviously someone’s house and they had let it go quite a bit. A worn out house with half built closets.  Then we heard a funny noise – I”ll post the video here. I think bats. I called for maintenance earlier since there weren’t any smoke alarms. No call, no maintenance guy so we booked a hotel. The next day, no internet and I was actually still working then so back to the hotel. THey booked us a nicer looking cabin but the mountain roads were so windy a nd dangerous I couldn’t find it and gave up.  So, I wasn’t into booking cabins but using airbnb instead where at least they tell you if there are smoke alarms.

Plus, hotels. You can trust them and even are able to cancel. So, next we went to a hotel. I’d been there before so it was fine.  But the next trip we needed more space. I booked airbnb. The first one was fine but they allowed animals. No problem except someone’s cat used the stairwell as a litter box. I called it the cat tunnel of hell – going up the steps you had to hold your breath. I told the owner and they called a carpet cleaner. I was impressed – they can get the smell out? 

No. It smelled like cat pee and carpet cleaner but it was nice that they tried.  The next airbnb was a disaster.

I booked it and you assume you can check in. Oh no. Right away after I booked it they said they wanted to talk to me “live”. I thought it was to go over some rules.  Then two days before they said they had to talk to me and a new problem had come up. A small problem.  I was suspicious since they wanted to talk earlier. They said the people staying there had to stay an extra day because their international flight was delayed.  They asked if I could switch my three day reservation over one day and pay me outside of Airbnb platform for the new day on the end. I said I wasn’t sure. I really had to arrive that day.  

I looked it up and Airbnb says for you to only communicate through them (this was a phone call) and only pay through them. So through their platform I told him to cancel me on his part since he was making it difficult not me. I booked another place since I needed 100% guarantee I could just go into the place without any issues. Through many emails Airbnb did right and told him to cancel me.

Now I’m scared of anything but hotels.  I wasn’t happy to have to deal with an unscrupulous person and airbnb makes you pay if you cancel but he was the one making problems.  I just want to make a reservation and show up. I don’t want bats in the attic or whatever it is.

what is up the chimney?

BTW my son had a grand old time. Loved all the water parks and arcades. We only went to one amusement park since it’s hot.  We are going to take a break and try to pay off the credit cards so no more traveling for awhile.

Here is the video. What do you think it is?

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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