Last night I got back from a week on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, and I had an ace time.
There were two exceptions. One was the last few hours before we left the island. I will probably rant about this to you shortly (and I bet you're on the edge of your seat, right?) The other was the severe case of sunlounger "reserving" going on at our apartments.
Now, I do get unnecessarily wound up about things beyond my control. I KNOW this. (If I didn't, I'd have to have pretty much no self-awareness whatsoever.) I also get frustrated and angry about little petty things and I know this is one of those things. But it was something that pissed me off all week.
So I don't have a problem with people laying out on a sunlounger and then deciding they need a quick nip inside to avoid burning up or a quick breakfast at the pool bar, and leaving their towel to reserve the lounger they've chosen. If they've found a prime location for their lounger, cared enough to get up to secure it and have then USED it for a couple of hours, then fair enough. Work away.
What infuriates me those are the ones who get up to reserve a lounger but then have no intention of using it until later that day. Instead they have either gone back to bed for several hours, or gone to the beach or even gone on a half day trip . . . sometimes the weather is maybe not looking particularly promising so they don't want to sit OUT in that, but they want to be able to if it gets nicer later on . . .
I have been places where this is rife, and other places where it doesn't really happen. These particular apartments fell into the former category.
One morning, me and my sister walked out to the pool fairly early on. It wasn't particularly nice outside, a bit overcast, but we thought we'd lie out there anyway. Most of the loungers were already reserved by towels. We lay there for nearly an hour waiting for decent sunshine before giving up . . . . in that time, not one of the be-toweled loungers became occupied.
Then the following day, there was the woman who laid out five sun loungers near to us and draped them with five towels before going back to her apartment. She was in her pyjamas, by the way. We lay out there for four hours and in that entire time of those sun loungers being reserved, she was out twice, probably for less than an hour in total, and only one other member of her party was there at any point. There was certainly no need for five loungers to be reserved in one of the best areas surrounding the pool.
It's just sheer selfishness. As far as I'm concerned, if you put your towel on a sunlounger, USE THE BLOODY THING.
Yes, I think I became somewhat of a SunLounger Monitor during this particular holiday. Not that I said anything. I just tutted, glared, and passive-aggressively muttered things to my sister about the culprits (lucky her.) At least it kept me occupied though!
Does this annoy anyone else?