A Heartfelt Tribute
Sitting alone each day at the beachside cafe, an elderly Russian gentleman caught the eye of the Assistant Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, Yalong Bay. The guest eventually revealed to the Manager that he had spent his career as a Russian cosmonaut. Now however, both retired and recently widowed, he was having a difficult time. Despite the beauty of his surroundings, he found he was missing his wife too much to truly enjoy himself. So, the staff embarked on a group effort to lift this guest's spirits. One of the Gentlemen used his expertise as a sandcastle artist and created a large rocket sculpture next to the man's table. Next, to celebrate his achievements, several of the other Ladies and Gentlemen re-imagined a bottle of the former cosmonaut's favorite vodka with news accounts of his space journeys. When he received all of these heartfelt surprises, the guest was overwhelmed and delighted, and showed his gratitude by regaling the team with stories of his adventures in the cosmos.