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A Gold Ribbon on the Toilet Paper

Posted by on January 22, 2012

Golden sparkles of light on turquoise waves were visible through the sliding glass doors of our gorgeous hotel room at the Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa as we dropped our suitcases inside the door and began to set our internal clocks to Mexico time.

Slow, sultry, and relaxed. Where everything was no problem. And it’s always a good day to sleep in.

Tom grabbed an icy Corona out of the mini-fridge and I popped into the bathroom to check it out. I was marveling at the lovely amenities package when I saw it.

The toilet paper had been neatly tucked into a point at the end and a slender gold ribbon was elegantly tied around it in a perky, tiny bow. I looked at that gold ribbon tied around the toilet paper and thought just how fabulous is that and was taken aback at the fact that we were in this wonderful room overlooking a gorgeous beach in a luxurious and all-inclusive resort. How great is my life?

I keep telling people that, at some point, I’m going to become jaded with travel. I’ll get tired of packing and airports and airplanes and hotels and restaurant meals and tours and unpacking. I’m sure it’s going to happen.

But now I love travel. I love everything about it. I love the turmoil at airports, the long flights, eating cross-legged from a room service tray on the bed, the first look out a hotel window to see our view, the singular and pleasant smell of a spa, the feel of beach sand on winter-white toes, seeing a place I have only read about in books, exchanging a look with my husband that eloquently says can you believe we are here?

But when eventually, at some point in the future,  I walk into a luxurious and fabulous hotel room and sigh because I have been there and done that I’m going to remember how I felt at that moment in Mexico.

How enchanted. How giddy with excitement. How everything was new and wonderfully beautiful and we had days and days of adventure and new experiences ahead of us.

How that gold ribbon made me feel.

And I hope I can recapture that feeling.

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8 Responses to A Gold Ribbon on the Toilet Paper

  1. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing

    Love the impact that the little touches, like a gold ribbon, can have on us!
    Emme Rogers @ Roamancing recently posted..Snowy Canadian Flashbacks to the Tub at Le Chamois

  2. Sophie

    I once stayed in a luxury hotel where they had black toilet paper… bit weird that.
    Sophie recently posted..A to Z of Sophie’s World

  3. The World of Deej

    There really are few things like great hotels…It’s the little things that usually make them great…
    The World of Deej recently posted..Check Out Time – The Week in Travel

    • Jan Ross

      So true. I especially love it when they leave food for us! Chocolates at a hotel in New York, macadamia nut bread at one in Hawaii, truffles in Memphis – so nice!!

  4. Shirlene from Idelish

    Love love love the way you described the moment many of us have felt at least once on our travels. You’ve really accurately captured that giddy, excited feeling for all the little touches that matter!
    Shirlene from Idelish recently posted..{Spain} Cuevas El Abanico, a Cave Hotel in Granada

    • Jan Ross

      It’s so nice to get compliments on my writing – thanks for taking the time!

  5. wandering educators

    i love great hotels – there’s something about them that makes you want to go back!
    wandering educators recently posted..Postcard from Monahans Sandhills State Park

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