English, Spanish hotel, speaking English...

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Last year I met a Spanish girl, via your favourite phone application, for a drink at her workplace while she took a break and a quick cigarette. We became friends and have kept in contact since then, and recently she helped me cancel my tax registration for the job that didn't happen by being both my driver, and translator at the tax office.

We've also met a few times for coffee at a bar that has a playground as she has a 6 year old daughter (who is super friendly and well on her way to speaking 4/5 languages). We chat about stuff, so my friend is well up to speed on my employment status, and even offered for me to babysit while she worked at the hotel. This interested me a little as I could learn some Spanish from a 6 year old, and she could improve her English. Or, we just watch cartoons and movies and play on the miniature keyboard, all good :)

Yesterday, my friend text with another offer. There is a temporary opening at her place of work while another employee goes on paternity leave. And so tomorrow morning, I'm going to go and see the manager to find out a bit more about the role which has been described to me as 'easy'. Apparently, they are looking for someone who speaks good English, is educated, and looks presentable. I think I'm in with a shot! Especially as they would supply the clothes, I think all i need to do is shave a little more often, and maybe get some shoes.

The hotel in question caters almost exclusively to British holidaymakers, and sits close to a bar with 'British' in the title. Not stupid these Spanish folk you know :) So I would likely only have to bundle through my shitty Spanish with very few people, perhaps only the other staff as they want keys, room numbers, etc.



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If you haven't already guessed, the job is (I think!) a receptionist, meet n greet, helping hand type person, which as long as you are not a miserable unsociable dick (which I can be but not too often as long as the sun is shining), should be fairly un-taxing. My friend actually said, 'you can do your blogs while at work', so I'm assuming that hours can pass during the day where there is not much happening.

Eight hours, 5 days a week, for two months, do-able :)

I was looking at the recent reviews for the place and it seems the hotel is in decline, even though it's been refurbished in the past year or so. The owners have apparently decided to make the rooms more open plan by removing the toilet doors - much to the dismay of some visitors who's reviews have been 1 star and included a request to move hotels. No toilet door sounds a bit awkward, even if you are travelling with a partner - late nights, beer, lots of different foods are a potentially dangerous combination, if you know what I mean :)

Anyway, the pool and the food received much better reviews and grub is available for staff during the day. This sounds like another bonus and would mean that I'd be eating something other than tuna, pasta, or eggs! A decent salad, in which you have done none of the prep work, would do nicely.

The hotel is about 10 minutes on the bike from home, 9 of those minutes are along the bike-track on the promenade and as a commute, that's got to be one of the best on offer. I suppose I could walk it, get the step count up, take a few photos of pink tourists, and bring out an actifit post from time to time too. The hours will likely be four pm until midnight, this doesn't sound too bad, and for a couple of months prior to the peak of the summer, totally do-able.

So if this does happen, I'll be feeling a lot more sociable for a little while and might have some funny stories to share - a welcome change from Steem and pies I hear you say!

Plus, I can stop the adhoc power-downs for a little while, that'll be nice.

Alright, take care, enjoy your morning/day/night :)

Asher

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Sounds perfect for now, Asher. Did your friend get to you in time for you to not be too late?

And how did it go?

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Thanks for asking, yes the timing was no problem in the end (welcome to Spain!).

I think it went well, we stood outside looking at hotel that looks nowhere near ready to open on the 1st May, but if it is, I will be starting then! :D

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If the team has its season opening routine down pat, a lot can happen in three short weeks... kinda like politics. ;)

Huge 3-weeks-in-advance Congratzzz, Asher. Your new job is an ideal creation for the next little while on all fronts. Yayyyy!!!!

AWESOME!!! Great news brother. 🤗 im so happy for you. And truthfully it sounds like this girl really cares about you. And she must trust you to let you watch her kiddo....hmmm....you even seem vert upbeat about her.....just saying.😁😁😁😁
I love ya bro.

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Thank you! :D

Friends works for me, but yes it was very nice of her to suggest that I could babysit - that made me feel really good actually.

My daughter just turned 13 and I saw her a lot when she was 6/7 - a good age I think for laughs and learning :)

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Oh, that sounds like a great opportunity - fingers crossed it works out for you! Blogging while working sounds like a perfect fit for you and a 10 min bike ride to start and end the working day is great. But please don't give up the pies! :D

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The pies are not so popular since I started to 'charge' for them with a token I gave them for free 😂

Thanks! Will see how today goes - my friend is late, which makes me late!

Sounds magic, bit of cash, bit of social life'ing, bit of steeming whilst being paid for it. Top notch!

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Yep :) Just a few months but something to keep me out of trouble before the summer kicks off fully!

btw b00m, I tried not to talk about Steem even though I have 2/3 posts relating to Steem in mind!

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Hahaha, steem steem steem!!

Talk away!! :0p

it will be Easy for sure for you man!
Do you have to speak in spanish or catalan as well?

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It's a good question :) Most of the locals will be aware that Mallorquin is off the table for non-locals and at least go with Spanish.

I'm hoping I'll need just numbers, keys, room, towels, and you know, hotel type vocab!

Removing the toilet door seems to be pushing things a bit too far. In Taiwan I've seen quite a lot of hotel bathrooms with a window looking into the room, and some even have the blinds on the room side and not the bathroom side!

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Strange times we live in!

I think a door is pretty important and a window, that is on an exterior wall would be nice too :D

Should we call you Manuel from now on?
'I know nooooothing, Mr Fawlty, I am from Barfffelona', hahaha.

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Call me anything you like, just keep that tip-box nice and full :)

It could be a strange situation where I understand the customers more than my work colleagues. This should be OK though as the customer is always right, and Manuel certainly is not!

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Sounds like a good offer to me. Fingers crossed and good luck man.

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Thanks man!

Ok interesting....... I met a Spanish girl, via YOUR favourite phone application... thats really honest !
And the missing toilet door is interesting cause i am the toilet role girl remember. So all in all an great read Made me smile so Britt nr5 says good luck on the interview,
Keep us posted 😬

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haha, OK 'MY' :D

Yeah the reviews were not nice about the missing doors - everyone needs a bit of privacy sometimes!

Thank you, I will :D

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I didn’t want to say anything about the toilet doors 🚪. That must be a new Europien fad.
Door , exhaust fan , Brush and can of air freshener you would thing thats a must.

Good luck with the intereview @abh12345. I hope you get it. It sounds perfect for a couple of months.

No way would I want to stay somewhere with open plan toilets. 😱 Even if I was on my own it's not the prettiest sight is it?

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Thank you :) Yes, a decent stop-gap. Maybe the UN job will appear when this one ends? :D

If the room is all yours then who cares if it has a door or not, but when you have to share, it just makes no sense!

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I like to make my room a mini home away from home when I'm away so I would care. Who wants to feel like they're sleeping in a toilet. 😂

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hmm, fair enough. Easy to access in a hurry though :D

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Well yes. Good point. That could be handy! 😂

Have you got a reservation and steem account sir? :)

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Passport and Steem account, up-votes on arrival :)

I will be looking to drop Steem into conversations and maybe I can do a 1 day turnaround on accounts for those that are interested.

Ahhhh que bueno, sabes un poco de español??? es bueno saber eso.... Me parece muy buena oferta de trabajo. Espero que te vaya muy bien y disfrutes ese trabajo, ¡suena agradable! :)

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Si, se un poco!

Necesito aprender mas, pero es mas importante para el trabajo que puedo hablar ingles: D

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sí, lo leí... que necesitan una persona que hable bien el inglés... yo he hecho varios cursos de inglés. pero me defiendo mejor es leyéndolo, en cambio escucharlo... me cuesta mucho porque es muy rápida la pronunciación, y me cuesta. Espero algún día poder hablarlo perfectamente :)
Te escribí en español para que sigas practicando español Lol... no sé si michel habla español... para mi es mejor español porque así puedo escribir realmente lo que quiero, porque cuando uso el traductor de google a veces cambia el sentido de lo que quiero decir...

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phew, mucho aqui :P

No entiendo todo :P

leer es mejor para mi porque hablar es rápido. ummm, yo creo Michael no habla espanol tambien.

Ok, That is all my Spanish to this morning! :D

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jajaja. Good nigth. I'm going to sleep.

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Good morning, what does engage mean?

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That’s a good deal.
Easy work and can expand steem even maybe some fiat purchase.

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Possible small fiat purchase at the end of it yes, although I do owe a little so this would be a bonus. I'll take not needing to power-down and sell cheap STEEMS.

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Right now the less you have to power down is a plus.
If you get the job its a plus in so many ways. I would give anything to get out and just interact with people. So thats why I say its a plus in many ways.

Work is work and maybe it is indeed an ideal job for you! Meeting new people and trying to convince them to use Steem :) And as a bonus a more steady income and still time to expand your steem territory!

Cheers,
Peter

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Yes it could be a nice little in-between piece, while another role is being revised, or we have some decent action in Crypto-land. Cheers!

Hey a new job in the real world sounds great, even if it is a sort of cultural inversion of FT.

Probably worth having a shave, maybe leave the tache?

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FT it is, but I can't see much of a grindstone - more like someone needs to be there to help the odd person out.

Probably worth having a shave, maybe leave the tache?

My friend suggested that too, wtf?! Tache solo, no no no!

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The 'tache - It's the Fawlty Towers reference.

And you can probably steal some time to write blogs, sounds great!

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Will see if it suits the uniform!

Great news my friend! I guees we will be in store for some interesting stories as tourist stories can be funny!

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I'm hoping they provide some comedic value or else the time could pass rather slowly! Cheers!

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That is awesome news !!

Oh.... damn.

Apparently, they are looking for someone who speaks good English, is educated, and looks presentable.

Is two out of three enough?

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Is two out of three enough?

I am hoping so :P

Sounds like a pretty fine job to me! Especially some good food and time to write posts on Steem :') I need to find me one of those!

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Could be ideal as in not much to do apart from find something to fill the time with, like Steem!

altrosa is helping you out at present? :D

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Yes, both altrosa and soyrosa keep me pretty busy currently! :') And although the liquid earnings on altrosa are meant to convert to FIAT before I'd ever touch STEEM from my 'main' account I just simply... can't do it. below 3$ is just too painful. So I could still use a FIAT job :P

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Yeah at these prices, it is horrible to have to sell but needs must. Fiat job for you then, a few hours a day would be nice, you can find something i'm sure.

Good luck Asher and see if you can convince the management to put those 🚽🚾 doors back 😁

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Thank you!

I will be using the toilet in the lobby which I suspect does still have doors! :D

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Maybe LCD doors like in Amsterdam 😁
Oh, I almost forgot, let's see those step counts! I bet you're going to have more than 1200 this way 👀😄

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I need to charge my fit-bit when I've found it :D

Been lazy recently, need to sort it out!

You met a girl on Clash of Clans? You're amazing dude! So smooth!

Congrats on finding a job which is pretty much the exact same as your life already (blogs, being nice, taking money and giving people your room keys, etc)

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I know right, Clash has really done well for me this past year :D

Congrats on finding a job which is pretty much the exact same as your life already

I did say the role could suit me well! :D Cheers!

Good luck, Asher. ;)
While everyone s assuming where you met this girl, I'm sure you mean Partiko. What other great phone app should we be using? :p

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hahaha, perfect gif!

Yeah I know right, it was clearly on partiko, or was it steemder?

:O

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What even is that? :)) and where does one...ahem, procure such an app? :P

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https://steemder.com/

Like Tinder, but way more retarded sounding!

p.s. There is no-one there, so if you see someone it will likely be me :D

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Jesus:)) Didn't even know that was a thing :)) Good to drop in conversation though :)) oh, you're using regular Tinder, how bland of you...

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It's quite new and a ghost town so yeah, regular Tinder is the less bland option for now.

There's always that meeting someone in person option that I've not considered for a while too!

Well @abh12345

”Apparently, they are looking for someone who speaks good English, is educated, and looks presentable. I think I'm in with a shot!”

… that sounds encouraging! And ”… should be fairly untaxing” sounds good as well. Throw in some free food …

”I suppose I could walk it, get the step count up, take a few photos of pink tourists, and bring out an actifit post from time to time too.”

… along with some exercise. What’s not to like? 😉

Hope it all comes together for you @abh12345!

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Thank you Rob, very kind. It does look suitable for a couple of months, and I shall know more tomorrow I guess.

Heading to bed shortly because I have to set an alarm, madness! :D

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Alarm?! 😯 What's that? 😏 I am retired and I have conveniently forgotten ... 😉

Seriously, sounds like a good opportunity for a bit. And you never know where these "trails" lead, once you take the first step ... 👍

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I had a feeling you'd say something like that :) Any day without an alarm sounds good to me!

Yes, first step, let's see. Cheers :)

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dude it actually sounds perfect...and yeah those kinds of jobs are super when have a chance to do somethiing on the side with it... i had a friend who studied her whole college while being payed as a night time receptionist...so I would say..go for it!

(and can still do it on flipflops man..no worries)

@abh12345, Kids spreads laugh and fun for sure. And hope that these two months will be peaceful for you. Stay blessed brother.

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Oh wow. So now I know. Cool! Good luck and have fun! 🎉🎉🎉

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