A Visit To The Glass Factory

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Living in Cabo means I don’t just get the benefit of the beaches, but of our town as well.  I love exploring the different artists and artisans that make up our community.  One of my favorite places is The Glass Factory, which sells beautiful hand blown glassware.

The Glass Factory opened in 1990 and was for many years the only hand blown glass factory on the peninsula.  Visiting it over the years has piqued my curiosity about the art form.  I confronted owner Sebastian Romo, who explained a bit about the history and process of making the glassware.

Glass was first discovered around 2500 B.C., but it wasn’t until about 50 B.C. that people began to blow glass.  The first examples of glass blowing in North America were in Puebla, Mexico in 1535 by artisans who came from Europe during the Spanish reign.  The art form caught on and glass blowing is now considered one of the traditional Mexican arts and crafts forms.

 

Authentic hand blown glassware has a pontil or a small scar at the bottom.  This mark indicates that the piece is free-blown.  A pontil occurs when a glass blower, finished with shaping a particular piece, cuts the hot glass from the blowpipe.

The Glass Factory employs 30 artisans who can blow up to 500 unique pieces daily!  It is truly a sight to see!  Of course if you have the opportunity to stay with us, your Personal Assistant will be glad to organize a tour for you.

Una Vista A La Fábrica De Vidrio

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Vivir en Cabo significa tener no solo el beneficio de disfrutar las playas, sino también de disfrutar la ciudad. Me encanta explorar y conocer a los diferentes artistas y artesanos que conforman nuestra comunidad. Uno de mis sitios favoritos es la Fábrica de Vidrio, la cual vende hermosos objetos de vidrio soplado.

La fábrica de vidrio abrió sus puertas en 1990 y fué por muchos años la única fábrica de vidrio soplado de la península. Visitarla a lo largo de estos años ha despertado mi curiosidad acerca de esta forma de arte. Me entrevisté con el dueño Sebastián Romo, quien me explicó un poco acerca de la historia y proceso de soplar el vidrio.

El vidrio fue descubierto alrededor del año 2500 A.C., pero no fue sino 200 años después que la gente comenzó a soplar el vidrio. Los primeros ejemplos de vidrio soplado que hay en Norte América vienen de Puebla, México en 1535 por artesanos que llegaron de Europa durante la colonia Española. La expresión artística se desarrolló y el vidrio soplado es ahora considerado una de la artesanías típicas Mexicanas.

 

El vidrio soplado auténtico tiene una especie de pqueña marca o ‘cicatriz’ en la parte baja del objeto. Esta marca indica que la pieza fue soplada libremente. Esta marca se produce cuando el soplador termina de moldear una pieza en particular, y corta el vidrio caliente del tubo que sirve para soplar el vidrio.

La fábrica de vidrio emplea 30 artesanos los cuales producen diario cerca de ¡500 piezas únicas! ¡Es verdaderamente algo que prescenciar! Por supuesto si tienes la oportunidad de hospedarte con nosotros, tu Asistente Personal con mucho gusto organizará un tour para tí.

Capella’s Canon Card

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If you’ve had a chance to visit the About Us page here on the Capella blog, then you may have read our Zeitgeist.  But did you know this is only one element of our Canon Card?

In addition to our Zeitgeist, the Canon Card also contains Capella Hotels & Resorts mission statement, service standards and the canon itself.  Not only does every employee have access to the card, but it is also something that is considered part of our uniform. That’s right, regardless of title every member of the Capella team is expected to carry a Canon Card.

The Card is exactly that, a card with eight faces that folds up to the size of a business card.  The Canon is our law.  It aligns each of us behind the philosophy that is Capella and is an integral part of our philosophy.  This system speaks to our integrity and our value systems.  It is so central that at every property and even here in the corporate offices, we begin every shift with a meeting where an element of the card is discussed.  This is an opportunity to be continually reminded of who we are and what is expected of us.

I love the practice of lineup as well as the card, because they are a reminder that we all share a common goal and a road map for how to achieve it.  I am just as connected to a dishwasher at Capella Singapore as I am to an executive assistant at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel—even though I am based out of our corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia!  We all have ownership in making sure that the services we provide are unmatched.

I wanted to share the Canon Card so that everyone could get a better idea of what it means to be part of this team.

 It is difficult to read the Canon Card here, but I do intend to discuss some of the elements in the future, However, if you would like to have your own copy please let me know in the comments below and I will email it to you!

A View From Capella Sochi

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In my last post I shared details from the upcoming Capella Georgetown.  But working at our Corporate offices, I can assure you that this is only one of several exciting projects currently under way.  One such property is the upcoming Capella Sochi, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

In between one of his many trips, Fausto Barba, Vice President of Finance & Development, shared with me his impression of this unique location.

“I first visited the site in late October 2009.  We landed at midnight on a Friday, and took a taxicab through the mountains.  We made plans to see the site the next morning at first light.

The hotel is located near some of the sites for Olympic ski events and will be a true ski-in and ski-out resort.  In the summer the resort village will be home to a world-class equestrian center and several outdoor activities.  And  there will be an amazing spa!  Of course, at the time of our visit this was nothing more than a set of plans.

The next morning, when we finally had an opportunity to look out on the site, it took my breath away.  The views in every direction are spectacular.  It is the quintessential mountain village!”

At that point Fausto took out his phone and shared some of the images he had taken that day.  One was so beautiful, that I had to share it with you:

Are you a fan of the Winter Olympics?  What do you think of the view from the new Capella Sochi?

A Sneak Peek Of Capella Georgetown

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Recently I had the opportunity to sit in on a design meeting for the upcoming Capella Georgetown in Washington, DC.  This 48 room jewel will not be lacking in amenities.  I am particularly excited about the rooftop pool (complete with Cabanas) and the spa!  We are still very early in the process (with the hotel scheduled to open in January 2013), but it was extremely interesting to catch glimpses of what goes into the planning and to preview this unique property.

World class interior designer, Peter Silling of Peter Silling & Associates, presented his design to Capella Hotels Chairman & CEO Horst Schulze.  I was delighted to meet Mr. Silling who is also the mastermind behind our Capella property in Düsseldorf, Germany, Breidenbacher Hof.

 

 

Clearly, both gentlemen were excited about the development, evidenced in their bilingual, energetic exchange.  Mr. Schulze and Mr. Silling slipped between English and German (their native language), as they worked to find a balance between the aesthetic and functionality.  The discussion ran the gamut between the placement of electrical sockets (not glamorous) to the type of marble to be used in the bathrooms (very glamorous).

 

 

In addition to the above shots of Mr. Silling and Mr. Schulze brainstorming and reviewing the finished samples, I was able to get a sneak peek of some early renderings:

 

As the construction progresses I plan to introduce you to a few more behind the scenes photos from the Capella Georgetown property.  Hopefully these images have you looking forward to the project as much as I am!

Baja California Sur: el Hogar de las Tortugas

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Cada año, espero ansiosamente la temporada de tortugas que va de agosto a finales de noviembre. Durante este periodo las tortugas vienen a nuestra playa de Capella para depositar sus huevos. La costa de la península de Baja California es hogar para 5 de las 7 especies de tortugas que existen en el mundo. Estas son la Tortuga Carey, la Tortuga Caguama, Tortuga Laúd, la Tortuga Verde y la más común de las especies de tortuga marina, la Tortuga Golfina. Todas ellas están en peligro de extinción y cuatro de ellas están consideradas ya extintas ecológicamente.

He sido de hecho muy afortunada en ayudar con la liberación de tortugas bebé al océano, la cual es una de mis experiencias favoritas. El pasado noviembre Grupo Tortugero realizó hasta 2 liberaciones por semana. Desafortunadamente, las liberaciones de tortugas son mucho más esporádicas ahora de lo que solían ser. La caza furtiva, la pesca accidental en redes de pesca, el acopio ilegal de huevos de tortuga, el consumo de carne de tortuga, el desarrollo de las costas y la contaminación del océano son algunos de los factores que más amenazan la extinción de las tortugas.

Varias organizaciones, como Grupo Tortugero o ProPeninsula, así como resorts de frente de playa están tomando medidas y precauciones para atacar las amenazas principales de la supervivencia de las tortugas. Uno puede ver frecuentemente en las playas de los hoteles a miembros de estas organizaciones junto con staff del hotel conduciendo seminarios cortos para el público en general, los cuales entonces participan en la liberación de tortugas bebé.

Liberar tortugas bebé al océano es un momento mágico de la vida. Durante una liberación reciente, nos juntamos en la playa del hotel junto con huéspedes y staff para ver cómo las tortugas salían de su huevo. Acto seguido, trazamos una línea en la arena y nos paramos detrás de ella, cada quien con una tortuga bebé en su mano. Cuando la orden se dio, colocamos delicadamente las tortugas en la arena y las animamos para que alcanzaran las aguas del océano. Esto fue verdaderamente una maravillosa experiencia para todos los que participamos.

La liberación de tortugas es uno de esas cosas únicas, y los exhorto ¡a que nos acompañen en uno de estos mágicos momentos!

 

(In English)