02.02.2008 - 02.02.2008
In order for the light to shine so brightly, darkness must be present.
-Sir Francis Bacon
There are famous quotes all over things in our hotels. Most noticable are the drink coasters that we get at meals. However I did spot this one in the most appropriate place: a box of matches in my room.
When we first arrived at our hotel, I spotted a candle and matches in the room and thought, "How nice. They gave us a citronella candle in case we want to open our windows at night." It would keep the bugs away. Logical, right?
But it doesn't smell like citronella. Only after the power went out for the first time on the first Sunday did I realize that the candle is for the time when the power goes out but doesn't come back on in a few seconds.
It is rare to go a day in the hotel without losing power for a minimum of seconds, a maximum or minutes. Sometimes you can even tell when it's about to go out because the lamps in the room start to go brighter then dimmer, brighter then dimmer. We've even lost power at work, however the computers and internet must be on some sort of UPS system since we didn't lost any work (I would expect no less from our company). The funny thing is that everyone takes this in stride and it doesn't interrupt whatever they are doing. After the first few days, B and I started to laugh at it.
Losing power was something we were warned about from our co-workers who had already been here. But being here and experiencing it everyday is nothing like I expected.
Recently there was a cable cut under the Mediterranean that has affected some of the telecom services in India and other areas. Fortunately, our hotel and work has not been affected by this, but I would not have been surprised if they had been. You just learn to roll with the punches here.