#followmeto #Greece #Crete #Malia

#followmeto #Greece #Crete #Malia

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15 IUNIE – 01 OCTOMBRIE 2011: CEA MAI NEBUNA VARA PE CARE AM AVUT-O!

Va jur ca nici nu stiu cu ce sa incep! Cu faptul ca a fost cea mai nebuna experienta din toate cate am avut pana acum? Ca a reprezentat tocmai trecerea dintre copilarie si maturitate? Ca am cunoscut atatea nationalitati de oameni? Ca am trecut foarte rapid de la regretul ca am ajuns acolo, pana la regretul ca nu am mai stat? Ca am scapat teafara ca prin urechile acului in situatii dificile, cum nici n-am crezut ca ajung? Ca am cunoscut oameni minunati cu care am legat o prietenie vesnica? Ca am vizitat frumoasele meleaguri grecesti si am cunoscut grecii cu bune si cu rele? Ca am pierdut 5 nopti pe saptamana din 7 in club? Ca atmosfera era atat de faina incat nu conta ca a doua zi incepeam tura la 07:00? Ca n-am cheltuit un sfant pe nici o bautura in oras?

GREU!

Creta este cunoscuta pentru istoria ei complexa, acele locuri “vorbesc” si azi despre timpurile de odinioara. Fiind cea mai mare insula greceasca, recunosc faptul ca sunt bucuroasa ca am ajuns sa o vad pe indelete, timp de 3 luni si jumatate (atat frumusetea din pliantele agentiilor de turism, cat si partea intunecata a ei).

ATENA, MALIA, CHANIA, RETHYMNO, HERAKLION, HERSONISSOS, AGIOS NIKOLAOS, IERAPETRA, SITIA…you name it! Been there, done that! (foto Crete Travel). Imbracamintea a fost lejera, reprezentata prin zeci de rochite si fuste cu tricouri lejere si accesorii statement, cu sandalute romane pe timp de zi si stiletto seara in club. Am avut vreo 7 costume de baie de diferite culori si o palarie chic care sa ma protejeze de razele puternice.

#myfavourite: RETHYMNO (este un oras atat de superb, incat m-as muta oricand acolo), HERSONISSOS (plaja perfecta, cluburile vibrante, in special NEW YORK DAY&NIGHT BEACH CLUB si STAR BEACH), HERAKLION (portul in care am simtit ca mi se rupe inima cand m-am urcat in feribot, la plecare), ATENA (portul in care am simtit teama de necunoscut, la sosire), CHANIA (portul + orasul vechi – #superbe, preturile piperate de la tavernele lor – #notthatmuch), AGIOS NIKOLAOS (ziua perfecta petrecuta alaturi de prietena mea, Monica cu ocazia aniversarii ei), IERAPETRA & SITIA (privelisti extraordinare). Le-am numit pe toate, nu-i asa?

Initial, am aplicat pentru un job in America prin programul pentru studenti “Work&Travel”, insa, spre fericirea mea nu am mai ajuns acolo. In schimb, banii destinati pentru State au fost directionati spre un job de ajutor de ospatar in Grecia, Insula Creta, Malia la Hotelul Malia Bay Hotel&Bungalows **** Jobul s-a dovedit a fi oribil la inceput, insa pofta vine mancand si a inceput sa imi placa! Nicicum pentru jobul in sine, ci pentru oamenii cu care am lucrat, atat studentii romani si unguri veniti prin acelasi program, cat si colegii de diferite nationalitati pe care i-am cunoscut in hotel. Ce-i drept, Directorul General, Maitre si Head Receptionist erau groaznic de severi! Ganditi-va la o severitate stupida, asupra unor servetele de masa sau a unui colt de scaun, deci, prostesc de severi!

Desi agentia mi-a spus ca ma va astepta cineva la sosire, nu a fost asa! Cu putinii centi de pe telefon, am sunat la receptia hotelului si le-am spus cine sunt si ce caut acolo. Acestia habar nu aveau de mine si de ce trebuia sa fac acolo. Intr-un final, lucrurile s-au lamurit si au trimis un microbuz cu un sofer grec, batran, ciudat care nu stia o boaba de engleza. Putea fi oricine, iar eu m-am urcat in microbuzul lui pe motiv ca mi-a spus “Adriana? Malia Bay?” Yes, please!

Dupa ce am facut cunostinta cu cerintele postului, m-au condus intr-o camera cu 4 paturi si o baie, destul de draguta, vis-à-vis de hotel. In acea seara, am facut cunostinta cu ceilalti colegi veniti prin acelasi program: formatia de animatori (5 italieni), ajutorul de bucatar (Janos-Romania), ajutorii de ospatari (David-Romania, Tomas-Lituania), bucatarii si ajutorii de bucatari greci (Buna, Panagiotis!)  si… CRISTINA & MONICA! Impreuna, am format The Powerpuff Girls J Glumesc! Stand in aceeasi camera, traind emotiile de inceput, parcurs si sfarsit, fiind pe acelasi job si plangandu-ne impreuna de tot ce se intampla in restaurant, ne-am apropiat mult si am devenit prietene in toata regula pana in ziua de astazi! Este unul din lucrurile pentru care sunt recunoscatoare pentru experienta in Grecia.

Fiind o persoana joviala, vorbitoare de limba italiana, engleza si franceza, mereu zambitoare, Directorul General a hotarat sa ma mute luna august la Pool Bar. Aici i-am cunoscut pe Zacharias (Grecia), Nikos (Grecia) si Jane (Germania) care m-au invatat cum sa prepar cocktail-uri, cum sa fac turistii sa-si cheltuie banii pe alte bauturi decat cele in regim de all-inclusive (OUZO, RAKI, vin alb, vin rosu).

MALIA este “Ibiza Greciei”. Centrul orasului prinde viata noaptea prin laserele cluburilor de noapte, tavernele deschise non-stop, pool bar-urilor si magazinelor de suveniruri/haine si nimicuri. Gaseai absolut orice pe strazile acestui oras, absolut orice! Daca voiai sa iti faci un tatuaj la 5 dimineata, daca voiai ceasuri Tiffany&Co (false, desigur), daca voiai suveniruri excentrice, prajituri specifice, pita gyros direct de la sursa, sa inchiriezi scutere, sa te relaxezi intr-un hamac, sa mananci un cheeseburger la McDonald’s in plina noapte, dupa care sa te intorci in club (Apollo, Malibu, Safari Club, Bar One, Cloud 9, Zig Zag, Candy Club s.a.), petreceri cu spuma, daca voiai sa dansezi doar muzica RnB, voiai muzica comerciala, voiai doar muzica Rock, le voiai combinate, sau sa vezi linistit meciul alaturi de prieteni la o bere…you name it! In Malia le gaseai toate! Si impreuna si separat!

Experienta in Grecia a fost minunata din toate punctele de vedere! Am vazut si partea nevazuta a servirii all inclusive, am cunoscut diverse tipologii de oameni (turistii si staff-ul), am invatat cum sa ma descurc in diverse situatii dificile la locul de munca, am simtit pe propria piele ce greu trebuie sa muncesti pentru a livra acel hotel de 4 stele promis turistilor.

Recomand experienta tuturor studentilor care au acces la programul Work&Travel!




15th OF JUNE – 01st of OCTOBER 2011: THE CRAZIEST SUMMER I’VE EVER HAD!

I swear I do not even know where to start! With the fact that it was the most intense experience of them all?! That it was the beginning of the maturity? That I met all those different nationalities? That I switched from the regret of being there to the regret that I left? That I got out of all those horrible situations, in which I never thought I would get into? That I met some beautiful people and we became friends for a long time? That I visited all that I could and I met Greek people with the good and the bad? That I used to party 5 nights in a row, out of 7 per week? That the atmosphere was insane that I didn’t care that the next day my shift would start at 7 o’clock? That I haven’t spent a dime on a drink while I was there?

TOUGH ONE!

Crete Island is known for the complex history, those places “talk” even today about those good old times. Being the biggest Greek island, I admit that I got lucky to visit it all, for 3 and a half month (the beautiful places described on those travel agency’s flyers, but also the darkest parts of it).

ATHENS, MALIA, CHANIA, RETHYMNO, IRAKLIO, HERSONISSOS, AGIOS NIKOLAOS, IERAPETRA, SITIA…you name it! Been there, done that! (foto Crete Travel). I wore only casual clothing: dozens of casual and sexy dresses, a bunch of skirts and casual t-shirts with statement jewelry, roman sandals during the day and stiletto during the night. I had with me 7 different swimsuits and a chic hat to protect me from the sun.

#myfavourites: RETHYMNO (is a beautiful city and I wouldn’t hesitate in moving there anytime), HERSONISSOS (the perfect beach, the vibrant night clubs, especially NEW YORK DAY&NIGHT BEACH CLUB and STAR BEACH), HERAKLION (the port where I had my heart broken when I got in the ferry at the departure), ATHENS (the port where I felt fear for the unknown at the arrival), CHANIA (the port + the old city – #beautiful, the high prices at their taverns – #notthatmuch), AGIOS NIKOLAOS (the perfect day spent with my friend, Monica, for her birthday), IERAPETRA & SITIA (beautiful views). I named all of them, right?

Initially, I applied for a job in USA due to the “Work&Travel” Program for Students, but, I never got there. In exchange, the money meant to be for the States, got redirected for a job as waiter’s assistant in Greece, Crete Island, at Malia Bay Hotel&Bungalows **** At the beginning, the job sucked big time, but, in time, I got used to it! Not for the job description, but for the people I worked with: the foreign students (romanian & hungarian) and the colleagues from all over the world. The General Manager, the Maitre and the Head Receptionist were insanely severe! Like the stupidest severity of them all!

Even though the agency told me that there will be someone at the airport to claim me, it wasn’t the case! Therefore, I called at the reception and I told them that I was in the port already, even though I had very few cents on my phone! They had no idea who was I and what I was supposed to do there. Finally, the things have cleared up and they sent a Greek bus driver to take me to the hotel. He couldn’t speak English, but the only thing could say was: “Adriana? Malia Bay?” Yes, please!

After I was told the job description, they checked me into a room with 4 beds and a bathroom, quite nice, across the hotel. That night I met the other colleagues: the animation team (5 italians), the sous-chef (Janos-Romania), the other waiter’s assistants (David-Romania, Tomas-Lithuania), the Greek staff from the kitchen (Hello, Panagiotis! Hello, my little friend!) and… CRISTINA & MONICA! Together, we were The Powerpuff Girls J I’m kidding! We lived under the same roof, we shared so many memories, we had the same job and the same complaints regarding the staff and the restaurant, that we got close enough and we became best friends ever since! This is one of the best things that I will always be grateful for, after the experience in Greece.

Being joyful all the time, an Italian, English and French speaker, the General Manager decided to promote me for a whole month as bar assistant at the Pool Bar. There, I met Zacharias (Greece), Nikos (Greece) and Jane (Germania) who taught me to fix cocktails, how to get the tourists to spend money on real drinks rather than the ones at the all-inclusive (OUZO, RAKI, white wine, red wine).

MALIA is the “Ibiza of Greece”. The center of the town becomes alive at night, due to the clubs, the taverns opened all day and all night, the pool bars, the souvenir shops, the clothing shops and other stuff. You would find absolutely anything on these streets, anything! If you wanted to get a tattoo at 5 AM, if you wanted a Tiffany&Co watch (false, of course), if you wanted to buy eccentric souvenirs, cookies, pita gyros straight from the source, to rent a scooter, to relax into a hammock, to eat a cheeseburger at McDonald’s in the middle of the night, then to go back into the club (Apollo, Malibu, Safari Club, Bar One, Cloud 9, Zig Zag, Candy Club and many more), if you wanted a foam party, if you wanted a RnB Club, to dance on a commercial music or Rock music, if you wanted them combined, or just to watch a sports game with your mates drinking beer…you name it! In Malia you would find them all! Together and separately!

The experience in Greece was wonderful from all points of view! I experienced the seen and the unseen of the all-inclusive, I’ve met all kinds of people (the tourists and the staff), I’ve learnt how to deal with difficult situations at work, I took part of the hard work of the staff to deliver the 4 star hotel that Malia Bay Hotel&Bungalows is meant to be.

I recommend the experience to all the students that have access to the Work&Travel Program!
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