We are in Mykonos at a lovely little beachside hotel.
It is still early in the season with most hotels not open yet. Each room has an ocean view and although very much a budget property, the hotel has well-intentioned staff members, wi-fi in the lobby, and a decent breakfast. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.
As I was working in the lobby last night, a young American couple checked-in. I didn’t really pay attention except to note they presented American passports and were both wearing leggings…it made me think of the United leggings incident.
Anyway, that was 10pm and by about midnight I had finished my work for the day and began walking back to my room. In order to provide an ocean view in each room, the rooms are staggered up a gradually sloping hill.
As I stepped outside the lobby, I heard a woman screaming. I quickly looked around, thinking someone was in trouble.
Then it hit me. Ah, the couple was busy…
I suppose it could have been someone else, but the hotel was not at all crowded.
As I walked back to my room I looked up and saw the open balcony where the sounds were coming from. Come on people, close your door at least!
Somehow, looking up at the balcony reminded me of Romeo and Juliet.
Come, night, come, Romeo, come, thou day in night;
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow on a raven’s back.
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow’d night,
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
-Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Secne 2
I do hope this couple’s relationship does not end in the way of Romeo and Juliet! Hint to them: stay away from Friar Lawrence.
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
I won’t describe it further, but I think you can use your imagination. It went on and on. Back in my room, thankfully my wife and child were sleeping. I, on the other hand, tired to fall asleep despite the sound of labor. But it was not long before the beautiful sound of silence again prevailed.
Checking out the next morning the guy at the front desk asked me how my stay was. I jokingly mentioned it was fine except for the disturbance last night, to which he gave me a puzzled look. I explained that the couple a few doors down was enjoying themselves a bit too loudly. He admonished me for not complaining, “Because they can’t do that so loud.”
Sure, it would have been courteous to keep the volume down, but on the other hand that’s probably why a lot of couples come to beautiful Mykonos.
Frankly, I’m just surprised in all my travels this is the first time I’ve had an experience like this…
Would you have complained?