We had been told by friends who have been to Cuba before to expect, for the most part, warm and friendly people and that was certainly our experience whether it was in the resort or off the compound in Moron or Ciego de Avila. Our most delightful experience though was with a Cuban woman we never actually met in person.
Yany was the chamber maid who was assigned to our room for the week. Each day she did the most wonderful things with linens. And on a few occasions, left us little notes of good wishes for us to puzzle over.
On the first day, the most elaborate, she wrote:
The note was propped between the towels shaped like a pair of swans on the bed, sitting on a blanket folded like a heart and sprinkled with flower petals.
In the bathroom sink, more swans and flowers. Even the drapes were artistically arranged.
And another note:
We were unable to figure that one out. We would like to think it was something along the lines of, life will bring good things and smiles.
The next few days were almost a disappointment. No swans. No flowers. Just prettily arranged bedspreads and towels to look like bows or fans. Or maybe large pieces of pasta.
Until the day before our departure. The blanket swan was back! With a hat!
Muchas gracias, Yany. We’re pleased you liked looking after us. We did our best to make it easy for you and we hoped we tipped you enough. You made our day.
Fantastic breezenesses, everyone. May you herd together in smiles.