I am back in Lisbon for a few days. It is from here I will fly to my next country.
When I left a few days ago there was so much I had left to see. Luckily I am able to come back, but this time alone 😦
I check into my rental. It was an adventure getting here (isn’t it always).
When I booked my rental I knew it was in Alfama and very close to the train station. I made a mental note that I should be able to walk there from the train.
When I am going somewhere I double check and triple check (maybe even quadruple check) things like addresses and whatnot.
When I checked my email after I arrived my google maps said the rental was miles away.
That seemed off and I was somewhat communicating with the owner of the rental at the same time but I didn’t figure out there was a problem yet.
Nope. I hopped in a Uber to my address.
When I arrived things still seemed off. This didn’t seem like the neighborhood I booked. There was no owner waiting for me.
So I checked my email again.
What I discovered is that google totally screwed me up.
Let me explain.
Google, or gmail in this case, tries to build in features to make our lives oh-so-easy. We become dependent upon them and don’t question them.
One feature is that google reads your emails and gives you a summary at the top for times and dates and addresses, etc.
In my case it saw something about “apartment in Alfama” and looked on its stupid little map and came up with some random apartment it thought it represented. I used the address in the summary for my Uber.
The actual rental address is different lower in the email message.
Once I realized what happened I called Uber back to take me to the correct address. The owner of the rental was visibly annoyed at my lateness. I tried to explain it was google’s fault. But whatever. I am checked in now. The kitchen is super cute and has a washing machine.
BUT NO AC. What kind of freak books a rental in Lisbon in the summer with no AC?There is a fan but it is a little fan and there is only one of them.
I sweat it out for a few days.
I keep meaning to let them know to buy a bigger fan.