Category Archives: World of jobs

An end to uncertainty: unemployment It’s finally happened. I’ve been made redundant. Finally, because my job had been hanging on a thin thread since April now. Within a week I went from planning the start of the tourist season to a few days of home office and ended up on a government support plan without any work. I haven’t worked a single day since the end of March. During the last few months I’ve often caught myself thinking I have wasted my time. This time was given to me, like a present. I could do anything I wanted with it. Well… anything within the restrictions caused by the pandemic. But have I really wasted my time? Is this a justified thought? Yesterday I went on one of my frequent neighborhood walks and went over the last few months. AprilWhat a shock! I was placed on 0 hours with financial government…

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My second last trip as a tour leader ventured into Bulgaria. It was my first time in the country and I was as amazed as my travellers. I took every opportunity to explore the cities we were visiting, but since I was working I didn’t have that much free time. Last March I was meant to visit Bulgaria again. It was also for work, but this time to train my new team. It would be hard work, but also an opportunity to explore new things. But two weeks before departure everything got cancelled. And soon the world got cancelled. So I’m looking back at my time in Bulgaria. I was on a stressful trip. So many things were new for me and during our time in Romania we’d had a lot of problems with taxis. They tried to overcharge, threaten us, didn’t show up… you name it. I felt so…

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The last 2 – 3 months have been a rush. I’ve been flying all over Europe, rushing from one place to the next, barely sleeping in my own bed. At the end of October I was in Romania for Halloween, straight through to Greece for work. Then after one night in my own bed I had my holiday in Iran for 2 weeks. Shortly after work brought me to Barcelona. Then I decided to go back to the Netherlands for Christmas and after a few days at the office, I went on my ski holiday. So much has happened that I haven’t even had time to process it all. At work I’m still trying to round up all summer related things, while also preparing for the next summer. In my personal life I’m trying to figure out how I feel about my living situation, although I’m not sure it matters…

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I’m in my fifth winter season working in the ski fields. My family has never been into winter sports. They’ve never really been into winter. Perhaps it is because winter in The Netherlands has all the bad sides, like slippery roads, cold and windy days and frozen windows, but none of the good things, like actual snow that you can play with. It is therefore hard for my family to imagine why on earth I voluntarily stand out in the cold every day. So let me try to explain. My day starts with my usual bus ride up the mountain. I know I am teaching a two year-old and I’m thinking of ways to entertain her as well as get her to stop on her own. It’s only a two hour session and I’m hoping to get some ski time in. Yesterday we had a big storm and for most…

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Or when you’re working your ass off. It feels like forever ago that I had time to sit down and gather my thoughts. At the end of October I had my Halloween tour, followed by the end-of-season-party to wrap up summer. I had two nights in my own bed before I went to Morocco and then another week before moving to Austria. On the 4th of December I flew to Innsbruck. I dragged my bags on a bus and two trains and arrived in Kirchberg. It wasn’t the warmest of welcomes. I got picked up from the train station by my new boss. He drove me two minutes down the road and knocked on the door of an apartment. Kim, a girl I’d been in touch with via What’sapp, opened the door and my new boss left me. Kim showed me the rooms and…

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Another season’s passed. Last summer I had a blast in Whistler, but I also saw so many cool photos from colleagues plastered over my Facebook, that I decided to get back into tour leading this summer. And it’s been an insane summer. It started off so relaxed. Everything went smoothly and I could enjoy every minute of it. Then I got into a period where I just couldn’t win. Everything seemed to go wrong and I had no clue how to change it. It got so bad that I kept dreaming about things going wrong. One morning I woke up with a jolt, my heart beating fast, and I grabbed my phone. I thought I had slept through my alarm and had missed the bus to the next place. I was just starting to wonder why nobody had woken me up when I looked at my phone and realised we…

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I haven’t written much lately. I’ve been having such a crazy time at work that I’ve barely had time to organize my thoughts. It’s like the universe has decided I’ve been having too much fun and it’s turning against me. My season as a trip leader in Europe had been going great and I was getting ready for another 30-day loop around Europe. I went to the office to say hi and pick up some train tickets and my manager tells me: “Andrea, we never hear much from you. Well… I guess that’s a good thing.” It all went south from there.     I was happy when my whole group showed up on time, I did my welcome meeting and we were checking in on time for our Eurostar train to Paris. This was going to be a great trip! But then… it turned out my train was leaving…

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My job comes with a lot of perks. I get to travel and I get paid for it. Sometimes however, those perks also give you a disadvantage. Occasionally I get to visit places I’ve never been to before. It means I’m up for an adventure in many ways. It means I get to explore and experience new things, basically a holiday right?     But it also means a lot of research and preparation. Imagine going to a place you’ve never been before and you have to lead your group to the hotel based on a route you’ve only “walked” on google maps. Then you need to find ATMs, places for lunch and dinner and give an introductory walk, telling stories about buildings you yourself are only seeing for the first time. You get all kinds of questions you don’t know the answer to, cause no matter how much you…

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The season has started. I’m back on the road as a trip leader, guiding people all over Europe for the summer season. But summer is hard to find. I’ve just finished my first trip of the season; in about three weeks from Rome to London. For the most part it’s been cloudy, rainy and more like autumn than spring. Not a great start anyway. I’ve overestimated Europe’s current temperatures and my shorts are still living at the bottom of my bag. But despite the weather, getting used to changes and start of season hiccups I am so glad to be on the road again.     Two years ago I had the same job and so I was familiar with the trip I had to run. Nevertheless, a lot of things had to be done: checking new hotels and how to get there, changing orientation walks, trying new restaurants and updating…

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Starting a new job is always hard. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet. New procedures or new computer programs. When I applied for my new job I had spoken to people who had done it before. They both agreed; the first few weeks would be tough, exhausting and possibly painful. However, it would be worth pushing through to have the summer of a lifetime. So I went through the interview process and got assigned a training date. After waiting (and travelling) for over 6 weeks I finally started my training to become a ziplining guide. On Sunday I had booked a tour just to enjoy the experience as a guest and get familiar with what would become my job. I went together with a future colleague. We got all harnessed up and were ready to go. Then we saw the first of five lines.…

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