What type of security have we experienced at hotels as we’ve traveled the world?…A little bird’s story…

This is the lounge on the veranda where the hummingbird landed after flying into the glass wall behind it.  See story below with more photos.

 “Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica”

The pretty little hummingbird was stunned after hitting the glass wall and landed on the round chaise lounge.

Yesterday, another rainy day, we stayed indoors watching the news with our thoughts constantly on the horrific shootings in Las Vegas.  Heartbreaking, frightening and beyond belief, the events and stories surrounding the attack continue to wrench one’s heart.

Having family living in Las Vegas including son Richard and sister Susan and family, and Tom’s nephew John and family coupled with the fact we’re residents of the state of Nevada, made us feel a special affinity as the details rolled out.


We were impressed with the manner in which first responders, medical professionals, and private citizens rallied to assist resulting in may heroic events.  No doubt, thousands of lives may have been saved by their selfless, efficient and fast responses.

Tom noticed the red coloring on her/his chin.

Throughout the day, we discussed security measures at hotels we’ve encountered in our world travels that may have been instrumental in preventing this particular type of attack as perpetrated by this heinous human being. 

We came to the conclusion that in only one hotel over these past five years of world travel, have we seen security that may have been instrumental in preventing this particular type of attack.  Although, the shooter may have been able to arrange a different location from which to exact this attack.

When we stayed in Denpasar Bali, close to the airport on three separate occasions at the Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport, we were surprised to note that no one was allowed entry into the hotel lobby without going through security, both the walk-through scanner and the scanner for all bags and belongings. 

Spreading her/his wings to see if flying was possible.

Here’s one of our links from the Bali hotel.  The security station is located to the right and not shown in these photos.  (Most security guards don’t allow photos taken of the  scanning equipment).

At first, we thought the scanners were a little off-putting, based on the inconvenience, comparable to security at an airport.  After discussing it, we realized it would make sense at all hotels and hadn’t given it another thought until the news broke on the events in Las Vegas a few days ago on October 1st.

Regardless, of any potential security measures, there are endless means of bringing harm to others even excluding the use of weaponry.  I won’t go on a rant about “gun control,” one way or another since we prefer to keep our political views from imposing upon this travel related site.

Soon, an attempt to fly may be possible.

Questions remain as to the “why” this attack occurred.  But, as mentioned in yesterday’s post, the answer may never be found.  We all wait, watching the news hoping an answer comes forward giving us some sense of relief that it wasn’t premeditated “murder” from what may have been enacted by a “sane” person.  But, would a sane person perform such an outrageous act?

Can it be justified by some form of mental illness or a brain tumor?  Or do we long to hear its as a result of an affiliation with a radical group either inside or outside the US?  As above, most likely we’ll never know. But if we do, will we discover a sense of relief to know the “why”?  Most likely, we won’t.  The deed is done.  The horror remains.

Shortly after this photo, she/he flew away so quickly Tom couldn’t get a photo.  But, he saw her/him fly to the nearby tree and then back to the feeder for another “sip” of our homemade nectar.  Whew!

Today, the news reverts back to some of the other horrible events in the world including the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria that ravaged Puerto Rico.  How will the ravage born by this natural disaster ever reconcile?  Lives lost, homes lost and an entire country reeling, wondering how they’ll ever put their lives back together.  Sad stories.

Also today, we share a number of photos Tom took yesterday afternoon of a precious little hummingbird that had flown into the glass wall after hovering not far from the bird feeder we keep well stocked with sugar water.  The poor little thing was stunned but miraculously survived and flew away a short time later.  Great photos, Honey!  They brought a smile to my face on an otherwise sad day.

May your day bring you wonders, however small, putting smiles back on your faces!

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Photo from one year ago today, October 3, 2016:

The front of the property is located at the end of the road, resulting in no passing traffic.  Last year this villa was priced at EU 249,000, US $279,017, IDR 3,616,896,723 CRC 159,388,461. For more details, please click here.

Sorrowful day in Las Vegas Nevada…Our home state of residency…

These appear similar to Begonias in the US which thrive in shady areas.
“Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica”
Colorful sky at sunset.

At 12:30 am I awoke with a start, wondering why I was awakening at this odd hour.  Most nights I don’t awake until after 4:00 am often staying awake for the remainder of the day.

I try to avoid taking a Tylenol PM, Melatonin or any other over-the-counter sleep aid when sleep often alludes me, a common scenario for many seniors as well as the younger population

Keeping my phone on the bed with the earpiece plugged in seems to help in putting me back to sleep while I listen to a variety of podcasts that aren’t necessarily stimulating and overly interesting.

Lime tree in the yard.

Yes, I know the many comments made by sleep experts that taking your phone or tablet to bed is a cause for one’s inability to get a good night’s sleep.  But, how many of you, as you read this, are guilty of the same behavior?

However, last night was unique.  I awoke four or five times during the night, finally giving up at the 4:00 am awakening to check the news on my phone.  I was shocked at what I found, knowing I’d never fall back to sleep realizing the horror that occurred at a concert last night at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.

Eldest son Richard lives in Las Vegas and was on the strip last night for a pre-season hockey game for the new Vegas Golden Knight’s.  After the game, he ended up at New York-New York Hotel and Casino which was only a block away from the attack at Mandalay Bay.  He left one hour prior to the attack.  

Pretty flowers in the yard.

It was a relief to see his comments on Facebook this morning that he was safe.  Grateful he is fine, we couldn’t help but feel grief and sorrow for those who lost their lives and were injured and, of course, their family and friends.  The trauma of this experience will remain with the thousand attending the concert for the remainder of their lives.  Survivor’s guilt?  Why did I survive and not others?

There’s no doubt that many of those attending the country music concert were visitors from all over the world.  Las Vegas is one of the most popular places to visit in the world attracting over 42 million tourists a year.

Plants flourish in the humid and rainy climate.

Here’s an article from the Las Vegas Sun with tourism stats for 2016:

Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 1:29 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, March 15, 2017, | 9:45 a.m.
A record number of tourists visited Southern Nevada last year and spent a record amount of money, according to a report that economic analyst Jeremy Aguero presented today to the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Some 42.9 million people visited Southern Nevada last year, spending $35.5 billion — 16.3 percent more than in 2015 when they left behind $30.5 billion, Aguero said. Per person, Las Vegas visitors spent an average of $827, up from $721 in 2015.
Convention attendees made up 14.7 percent of all visitors to Southern Nevada last year, up 7.1 percent from 2015.
The presentation highlighted the impact of tourism on the local economy. Among the report’s findings:
• One in four people in Southern Nevada is directly employed in the tourism industry.
• Tourism wages and salaries total $11 billion, or 26.2 percent of the $41.9 billion earned by Southern Nevadans.”

To continue this article, please click here.

As soon as I noticed Tom stirring I told him what had transpired and we both bolted out to bed to the TV room to turn on the one English speaking news channel.  Now, as I write this we’re transfixed over the details of this horrific event.  It will be hard to look away for days to come.

How does this happen?  Will we ever know what motived a 64-year-old to commit such a heinous act?  Why did he feel so removed from a moral and purposeful life to inflict such savagery on others, let alone people he didn’t know…strangers…innocents…?  Most likely we’ll never know.

Purple Petunia.

We continue to soothe our sadness with the stories of first responders and good Samaritans who immediately took action to assist those who fell prey to this attack.  There is good in this crazy world.  There is hope that the human spirit strives for goodness, kindness and the well-being of our future.

We can only watch the details with heavy hearts and continue to pray for those who lost their lives and for healing for the hundreds injured.  Peace?  At what cost?  Is it even possible?

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Photo from one year ago today, October 2, 2016:

Upon closer inspection, we’ve been thrilled to see the detailed beauty of a red dragonfly that visits each day.  For more photos, please click here.