How Time Flies

It’s been 2 years since I walked the way of St James. Everyday life is once again an all consuming mistress that eats my time. I still thing of those days walking across the Aubrac plateau and the Spanish Mesata in scorching sunshine. I, and thousands of other pilgrims were so lucky in 2011, the weather was sublime. My hat is off to anyone who undertook the walk last year as they were not so lucky…
I am at present sitting by a swimming pool in the Costa Brava, Spain. Looking after a school group that depart today. My mind is drifting between the things I have achieved in my life and the things I have yet to accomplish, along with the odd regret. I can’t help but feel it is time to start planning another challenge for myself, I know I will walk to Santiago again but for now I want something bigger.
When I set off from Le Puy en Velay on the 20th April 2011 I knew I had almost a thousand miles in front of me, I hadn’t trained, my bag weighed 28kg and I was wearing bad walking boots. I managed it in 65 days.
So how long would it take to cycle across America. Now I believe it is approximately 3000 miles, walking comes easier to me than cycling. I think I can cycle about quarter of a mile before my legs burn and I’m out of breath.
I’m even closer to 40, I’m smoking again, I’ve done no exercise since my 1000 mile walk and the idea of riding 3000 miles scares the crap out of me…
So is this a challenge I should start planning? I guess I better have a word with UNICEF and see what they think!

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A Season Workers Life

I’m sat in the office, it’s half past seven in the morning. Both my computers are on already, I have a cup of earl grey, sugar, no milk, besides that is a tesco’s finest Italian plum tomato & mascarpone soup, lid off, spoon in. Now some of you may think thats a little odd and to be fair you’d be right, but I’ve got to eat, right.

Just considering in 5 days time I’ll be back out in the stunning Alps, surrounded by snow, the pressure is really on now. I keep thinking I’ve forgotten things, (I probably have?!), if I’m honest all I really need to take are work clothes and boarding clothes, everything else can be sorted.

I’m loving all you guys connecting through twitter and watching the excitement and anticipation build as the days slip away.

Just remember guys (and girls), to play hard you first have…

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I know it’s been a while since our first interview, that’s because the office is now in warp drive with the quickly approaching season, but here for you is Mark Kerr. A lot of the new recruits will probably know the name…

Name Mark Kerr, sometimes referred to as “Glowstick”

Time with STG I started with the company in Nov 2011 as Head of Customer Service in the hotel Beausoleil, Alpe D’huez. Having spent a fantastic time out there I was then asked to join the team in L’Escala on the Costa Brava, Spain. I worked for the Pavilion Tours brand as Deputy Resort manager. I spent the summer managing a team of activity instructors and looking after our school groups (also getting a tan and speaking Spanish). At the end of the summer I joined head office as overseas recruiter

Position in company Overseas recruiter. I work as part…

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Well I’m highly disappointed as I just learnt last night that Brighton has an amazing zombie march for Halloween, but its today!?! Why is it not next week? I would have loved to get involved but alas all my costumes and make up are still in my studio in Somerset so I guess I’ll just have to go and watch.
I’m currently in the office working on a presentation for a colleague of mine to take to Canada.
I almost forgot our new company website has just gone live! I’m sure we’ll see it tweaked here and there over the coming months but check it out at http://www.stg-travel-group.co.uk and for you Halloween fans here’s my costume from a couple of years ago!

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Well, all you people that journeyed to Brighton today for our recruitment day. You all looked fantastic and smart. Well done to those of you who got stuck in traffic for hours, but still managed to turn up!
Personally I had a great day. I think the turn out was great and the quality was too.
I was amazed not one of my interviewees mentioned or asked about the stitches in my arm. I’m not sure whether they were being polite or scared to ask?
I returned to the office to find these two bad boys had arrived for me! Very happy indeed…
Have a great weekend everyone!

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A Season Workers Life

Ok people, from time to time we are going to be interviewing seasonnaires from around the company. As yet we haven’t got any photographs of them but give us time, we will. Here to kick start the proceedings is Tom Cheesman, Hotel Manager (and creator of the blog), well we have to start somewhere…

 

NameTom Cheesman aka Major Tom, Cheesmeister General, The Big Cheese

Time with STGI started running a hotel in Austria for STG on December 11th 2011

Position in company I guess my title is European Hotel Manager, I run hotels, it’s what I’m good at. But over this summer I’ve helped with recruitment, training, marketing and I’ve also been trained in hotel auditing for the ‘School Travel Forum’

Who do you respectEveryone that shows me respect (plus my elders obviously… I come from a generation that was taught to…

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Morning girls & boys,

Well I have to say we’ve had an amazing response to the little email that Ruth sent out, so thank you all. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of you out at training week. Lets hope we get some snow, that way we can have snowball warfare for team building. If any of you have other ideas for team building, I’m all ears?!

As with all things, the good comes with the bad. The bad being that we couldn’t offer everyone positions from the recruitment days. Also, not all of you will be joining us on the training week, but on that front don’t fear you’ll be in the hotels working soon enough… I would like to give you all some advice though, the season can be very stressful, (living & working together), there’s nothing worse than bottling up your feelings. If you have any…

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