I wanted to take some photos of the staff to add to my webpage…….. I always think it is important to include them as they are part of the team. Without them this place would not run as it does.
Sometimes I read comments that say the staff are not always friendly but I did want to mention a few things here about the Maya people . One must realize that not all are worldly, having not the means to travel like other european or North American countries. They are not a type of people to gush and uh and ah but they are reserved and respectful of the privacy of others. They are in a way timid and afraid of insulting strangers but if you take the first step to engage them in conversation you will see their eyes light up and become willing to chat with you, even make jokes.
The level of service may not meet the expectations of us foreigners like, for example One french lady suggested they needed lesson in how to serve…. she was upset because her empty plate was taken away far too quickly for her liking. But as I pointed out to her it is the custom here due to the heat and to avoid an onslaught of flies around.
Then as nice as I could possible say……. well maybe if they visited your country they would not like the service either, wondering why their plate was left empty on the table for 1/2 hour or so. Each country has their customs and that’s one of the reasons why we travel to embrace each others culture without making criticism ………. isn’t it?
Even to this day if one goes into the village it is only good manners to ask if one can snap photos…. for the elderly Maya it is still a mystery why we as foreigners would want to take photos.. but again this is changing due to the cell phones etc and the people are more accepting… but still some ,when ready for the click, stop their smiling and become serious . Why? Well ,it is just the way it is. But I hope you liked the photos I took of my boys and my girls…. Oh and not forgetting the gardeners who do an amazing job!