A Season Workers Life

Good Morning, this is your Captain speaking, (aka Cheesmeister General, Major Tom, The Big Cheese),

Today we can expect some bright sunshine, by this afternoon I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some rain?!

It’s the last ‘full season’ recruitment day for a while, we’re back at The Queens Hotel down on Brighton sea front today. I’m looking forward to seeing the turnout. I have to say our Edinburgh visit put the South of England to shame in smart appearance, perhaps today will be different? Just remember, our interview is no different from an interview for a paper round or with Lord Sugar, appearance is everything!

The office is now a hive of excitement with things kicking into overdrive for the coming season, I have quotes hitting me left, right & centre, but it won’t be long until we’re back out in the French Alps for the training course. The…

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A Season Workers Life

Well I arrived a little after 4pm on Thursday into Geneva airport, at which point I suddenly panicked that I was supposed to be at Grenoble or another airport of equal distance to the Alps.
Being the last minute, organiser that I am, I’d completely forgotten to get anyone’s phone numbers and so the only idea I had that I was going to be picked up was a faint memory of an email I’d read. (When you get to my age, and you’ve been brought up on things made in aluminium pots and pans, faint memories are better than no memory)! Half an hour of passive smoking (that’s right I’ve given up), and pacing up and down the arrival lounge, I spot a face I think I recognise. This could either become slightly embarrassing or get me out of the airport. I walked up slightly behind the person and called…

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Carry on…

A Season Workers Life

Today, I’m flying out to the French Alps. I haven’t seen the companies clubhotels in France so I’m going to check them out. Also, I’m going to be spending some time in Montgenevre as this is where the hotel is located that I will be running this Winter coming (2012/13).

I’ve never seen the Alps in the Summer so I’m excited to see how beautiful it is…

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OK I’m gonna play catch up as I didn’t know I could do this…

A Season Workers Life

So here it is, the new blog from the guy that walked across France & Spain in 2011.

This new site is designed to inspire and inform some of you out there into working with me and other like minded passionate people. Here you will find job descriptions, seasonaire interviews, photos and video’s as well as a live season blog which will hopefully amuse and impress you.

I will also try and answer any questions you may have and point you in the right direction if I can.

 

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And heres the other me…

A Season Workers Life

Hello again guys & girls,

I hope you’re getting excited about this coming season?! I can’t believe in 3 weeks I’ll be heading out… I was hoping to have Mark or Ruth’s interview done by now but it turns out they’re being coy about the whole thing, (they keep telling me they’re too busy but I don’t believe them)…

So did you all have a good halloween? If you have any good pictures, send them in to me and I’ll put them up, as long as the costumes are good that is!

Last week I undertook a three day Barista course, learning the art of making the perfect coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothie. It was seriously intensive but great fun and very educational. My thanks go to Ben Townsend and the London School of Coffee. Who knew so much went in to making a cup of nescafe?!!

Remember this…

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Packing.

Tomorrow I leave for Blighty, I have mixed emotions. The last few days are a blur of beautiful little French villages and laziness. Tomorrow I return to two months worth of post and bills, chores to do and employment to find. The reality of stepping back into the rat race that we all call modern society, it doesn’t excite me… For the two months I was walking I didn’t see or read any news, I lived in a world without the grim headlines of crime, war and pollution. I knew it was all still out there, but it wasn’t pushed at me from every direction.
I could easily go back to the routine of walking, (if I had the finances), I miss it already, rising at the crack of dawn, walking through whatever weather is thrown at me (although I had been so lucky over the last two months across France & Spain, lots of sunshine with little rain).
The modern pilgrim has no worries of bandits and wolves, it could almost be considered an easy time, but for those that have walked the Camino, we know otherwise. Yes we are lucky to of done it, to have seen all the beautiful places along the way and made friends on the road, but it certainly wasn’t easy!
I’m rambling. Rambling because I’m nervous of what awaits me back at home in England. I’ve never felt like this before, even after my ten months round Australia, I didn’t feel so anxious. Perhaps I should carry on walking…. Forrest Gump style??!

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So What Next…

As I sit here at my parents place in France, my father hounding me about finding a job, (of which I had already lined several offers up before starting my walk), I contemplate a change in direction. Several other opportunities are becoming available, but I mustn’t postpone working through my photographs to try and produce this book. The idea of having a book published and donating 75% of any profits to UNICEF is too great for me. But the old man is right, I do need to work, and finding a job is my priority. Despite being unsure of where I want to be. I also can’t escape my other fundraising ideas, they would be intense journeys for anyone. I will continue to make plans and come up with crazy fundraising ideas, I’ll just have to fit them around the reality of work. I will post ideas here as and when the plans become detailed enough. If anyone else has any ideas for raising money for charity, please feel free to share.
Since my return from Santiago, I’ve already had ups and downs. I’ve also been on a walk with my father that took nine hours, that’s a forty kilometre day to me or any of my Camino friends, I’m ashamed to say however we only managed about 15km, we did spot nearly 40 species of butterfly though so my dad wasn’t complaining…
A friend has also put some of his Camino pictures up on the internet, if anyone is interested these can be viewed at https://picasaweb.google.com/verderamedia/CaminoFrancis2011ThePilgrims?authkey=Gv1sRgCLXU3bHpqLKUFQ

I now fly home on the 7th July…

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