For most of August Xandari has been operating at full capacity. Since this past weekend the hotel has had fewer guests as families prepare for the new school year in Europe and the United States. In a way, it’s a relief, not only for me and my unrestrained desire to sing when I’m alone, but also for the auditory senses of the guests. I no longer bump into hikers during my treks along the waterfall trails and I avoid the embarrassment of having to “justify” my discordant singing. All in all, at least for a few days, no one has to put up with my singing…except maybe for an unexpected creature I found at “river view 2.”
I had no idea there are crabs in the river, and the brownish-orange crustacean scared me half to death when I was making my way closer to the river’s edge and extending one leg over the mossy rock it was perched on. After my initial startle, I gathered my composure and became intrigued by its antennae eyes and clicking pincers. There was no decent wooden stick around to test the strength of its clasp, so I resorted to using a fallen leaf; this only resulted in scaring the crab away and having it “plop” back into the water and observe me from underneath the current. Definitely not trying that again!
I now have the opportunity to visit the different villas and take inventory of the different types of bulbs we use around the property. My goal is for the hotel to use only energy-efficient lighting (in other words, LED and CFL bulbs), which entails finding all the incandescent miscreants (there aren’t too many fortunately) and having them replaced with “green” bulbs that are still aesthetically pleasing and not over budget.
Changing regular bulbs to energy-efficient ones seems like a simple task. However, when it involves checking hundreds of bulbs spread among 24 villas it becomes a bit more complicated than it first appears. Additionally, I did not anticipate the variety of bulbs that are in the villas and felt a bit perplexed trying to decipher two bulbs that I thought to be identical until I used a camera to zoom enough to read the miniature letters on the bulb. Needless to say, until my first bulb inspection in villa 19, I considered myself to be quite adept at distinguishing LED or CFL bulbs from regular ones (thanks to my lodging operations and technology class in college). Now, I find myself incessantly looking through a variety of bulb catalogs before categorizing a bulb as energy-efficient or not. I guess this is my true chance to become a bulb expert!