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Love to travel and learn about the natural history and culture of every place I visit. Own a home in Tucson, yet like to be in warmer climes in the winter and cooler in the summer.
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Donna and her grandson were great guests. They were nice, respectful and easy going. We would welcome them back anytime.
On this second visit Donna stayed for two months. Her behavior differed markedly from her initial visit.
The first week she communicated by note and primarily stayed in her room. During the latter six weeks we were out of town and left a friend to housesit. Donna seemingly attempted to overstay her reservation, and she failed to respond to repeated attempts at communication – for five weeks. I contacted Airbnb for assistance, and ultimately asked her to leave.
We have tremendously enjoyed all of our Airbnb guests and were frankly perplexed by this exception.
Donna is positive, warm, and wonderful. She stayed at a time when we had family visitors in the house, and she folded into the group seamlessly. Donna contributed a delicious salad to our weekly potluck and was a welcome addition to the conversation circle.
We look forward to Donna's return. She is easy to have around and a welcome addition to our household.
Donna just left yesterday. As she was out and about, we didn't have much chance to talk until the day she left, when we found out we had a lot in common politically. Because we finally had a nice chat, I was completely taken aback about the maliciousness of her review and the totally untrue things that she posted on it. Prior to that, I tried many times earlier to engage her in conversation, but she when she came home, she went directly to her room and didn't seem to want to connect. I have hosted people through another site and usually the reason that people want to come to someone's house instead of a hotel is that they can enjoy conversing with people about their day, share a glass of wine or cup of coffee and just share a bit of their lives, or just even watch TV. I also told her that she could share a dinner with me, take anything that she wanted out of the fridge, but she was not interested in spending time with me. It appeared to me at the time that Donna perhaps is a very private person, so I just assumed that that is how she is and does not like to talk and was busy at night trying to figure out what she was going to do with the rest of her stay in Mexico, which plans kept changing from day to day. Unfortunately, we have had very severe weather here, rainy and cold which is totally unusual for this time of year (this is the dry season) so I think that put a damper (literally) on her trip. She also told me that she had a asthma attack while here and I am sure that contributed also to her less than appealing stay in this region. I also really did not understand her reluctance to take a cab at night. I clearly state in my description that I live a long walk (it is a mile) from the center of town (though I live near a mall and Walmart). I also live one block from the main road in town. It is one of the safest areas in this whole Lake Chalapa area. Although I supplied her with names of 3 reliable taxi drivers who would pick anyone up anytime of day or night (for about 3 bucks), she elected to walk home on a cold and rainy night. It was 8:15 when she arrived (at which time, all the busses and cabs are still running) but she elected to walk and complain about being wet and cold. I had also offered her many times, sweaters, raincoats and umbrellas, all of which she did not want. I think the thing that bothered me the most is that she kept changing her mind about what she wanted to do. The night before she left, she told me definitively before she went to bed that she was going to book with me for another 2 nights, although it would have been potentially late to let airbnb know at that time. At 8 a.m. the next morning, she told me that she had changed her mind and was going to go to a B&B which she had clearly seen the day before and, since I drove her there, had clearly made arrangements with them. I think that is typical of Donna in that she kept me hanging for a week originally as to whether or not she was going to book the room, to the point where I was frantically writing to customer service if they had heard from her. They in fact tried to contact her also to find out if she had intended to book. At the last minute she booked the room, and her apology was that she was out of town and could not book. She waited so long to book that airbnb wouldn't let her book the room for the first night and had to stay at a B & B, at which time I picked her up there. In her comments about my place, she suggested I use a mattress pad. Since my mattress is fairly new and comfortable and has been used only by a very close friend, I did not understand her need to slam me, nor her untrue comments about no parking. Truly bizarre! She had no car (as most guests don't) but I do have another parking space if a guest had a car altho I would probably park on the street.
I also was completely upset the first morning she was here. I had left a set of keys for her and assumed I would see her before she left (I get up at 6 or 6:30). She came out of her room at 8, said hello and retreated to her room. I asked her if she wanted breakfast and she said no. I went to take a shower and when I got out of the shower 10 minutes later, she was gone. She had taken the key, opened the gate lock and returned the key. I was frantic as then she had no key and I was not going to be home all day and I had no idea when she would return. I jumped into my car and went up to the corner where I saw a bus leaving. I stopped the bus and actually went on board to look for Donna so I could give her the key, but she wasn't there. I then drove down a few more blocks to try to find her, but couldn't. I then called Casa Flores where she had stayed the previous night, thinking she might contact them if she came home and I wasn't there. Luckily I was at home when she returned and she gave me some excuse that she thought I was out walking my dog, so she left, but of course, my bedroom door was open and she could have called out to me.
Donna was a delightful guest. Welcome any time.
Donna was absolutely delightful. She was hardly in my home, but when she was she was personable and comfortable to have. A great guest.
Donna is a very lovely person to have. She is very interesting to converse with and a load of fun. The first night she came, my husband and I almost stayed up until midnight chatting with her. We were so lucky to have her as our first airbnb guest, and would recommend her to you in a heartbeat.