Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hypertravel Hostel in Tucson, Arizona: Sayonara!

We are on definite hiatus for an indefinite amount of time.  Please stay tuned for further developments!  It hit 100f/38c on May 13, 2016, for the first time this year, so it’s definitely summer time in Tucson and there are other places I’d rather be, frankly.  We had a deal to sell this incredible house, actually, but the neighbors are apparently Hell-bent on gentrification, and a ‘soup kitchen for the homeless (their words, not mine), just doesn’t fit their expectations. 

That’s too bad, since this house has transformative capabilities, I swear.  Good architecture can do that.  And it doesn’t take some hot-shot architect, either.  This historic house was built by what was most likely some itinerant Mexican mason with little or no formal architectural training, but that which accrues from a centuries-old tradition of trade secrets and esoteric knowledge handed down from master to apprentice—masonic, get it?  That’s the way it was done back in the old days…

…but the verdict is still out on whether Americans are ripe for hostels.  The concept rather depends on the presence of independent travelers in the hinterlands, and that’s a concept many Americans are slow to embrace, for whatever reason, whether the travel itself, or the independence, or the hinterlands.  The concept does better on the US east and west coasts, where foreigners tend to congregate around well-known cities and attractions.  No amount of ‘Air BnB’s can take the place of a good network of hostels…

…but all is certainly not lost.  I've learned a lot.  And Hypertravel Hostel may yet re-surface in another place in another guise—or not!  That’s the beauty of life on this blue-green planet: it’s unpredictable!  The things you think you know may be the biggest lie of all and the next corner you turn may be the yellow-brick road to ultimate fulfillment.  I persevere.  Thank you all for your support and patronage!

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