NO, we did not catch bedbugs in Jamaica last week.
NO, we do not have bedbugs in our home.
YES, I am aware that there are a lot of bedbugs out there, especially in various parts of the U.S.
YES, I am
Here is what I am talking about, and what I need you to talk to me about:
|The BEDBUG in all its horror|
A student of mine when I was teaching at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania visited me in my office one day following a weekend trip she had made. She related her horror upon waking up during the night, covered with bedbugs and being bitten. In the morning her body was covered with bites. Here is a photo from a medical website of what the bites look like:
Since that encounter, I did a little research and I have learned that there are several reputable websites that list reports of hotels, motels, and apartment buildings where travelers and tenants have experienced bedbugs. The sites often include the conversations the visitors have had with the management of the establishments.
So now, whenever I am planning a trip, I check the following two sites for information before I book my hotel rooms. (Of course, when I am traveling in my RV, I do not have to worry about this nasty little issue!)
Recently, I was planning a trip. The husband/lover/best friend and I were hoping to take my parents on a road trip from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island. The highlight of the trip was to be the touring of the rich and famous mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, as my parents had never seen them. For this trip we required five nights in hotels - one night on the way, three nights in Newport, and one night on the return trip home.
I searched and searched for "clean hotels" using the two websites listed above, and was unable to find three reputable hotels ( I use Hamptons, Marriotts, Country Inn and Suites, etc.) that were not listed on the reports, without going far off our planned route. Finally in frustration we decided to postpone the Rhode Island trip for now.
So I created an alternative plan, the "This Is Not Rhode Island" adventure. With this plan, we will be doing day trips (see my Next Adventure listed way at the bottom of this blog), theater events, and dining at new places. None of the events in the "This is Not Rhode Island" collection require hotel stays, but we will all still have the enjoyment of spending time together and experiencing new things.
|The folder of events|
Any experiences you want to share?
Please give me some rational perspective, friends!
Readers, until my next post, I am ITCHING for your responses. (Sorry.)