Working hard to make a living...
We are now into that part of our trip which requires us to settle down and work. We have been working for a week and are loving it here in Inveraray, a little fishing village on Loch Fyne. We worked six days last week which gave us a lot to get used to but seeing as we have had the last two days off together we have come to the conclusion that with the weather being what it is (wet wet wet)and the size of the town (population 700) and at the moment it gets dark just after 4 there isn't a great deal to be done on days off. That is except sleep, watch tellie and do the laundry.
Adam has been put behind the bar and Eva is waiting but we generally get put on similar shifts so our time off is generally together. This works well as most of the other staff are coupled (not necessarily romantically) and days off can be alternated. There are about 40 staff here as far as we can tell and the majority live in the hotel. We have been lucky enough to land in the new staff quarters, new bed, new bathroom, new cooking unit. We get meals provided when we are working and when we aren't meals are half price. The food is tops too! Adam is learning very quickly about malts and whisky, he has around 100 types behind the bar, also part of his job is to keep all the open fires burning, we have five of them. What a cool job. Eva is proud to have only started one box-kicking, swearing fit from the chefs, these guys are hilarious when they get fired up! Just like My Restaurant Rules. One good thing too is that is in Scotland it is illegal to smoke in public places, very strange being in a smokeless pub.
Other staff are mainly travelers, there are about six other Aussies, two Kenyans and loads from Poland and Slovakia. The amount of languages getting thrown around makes us feel dense for only knowing English. French, Kiswahili, Austrian and Polish are constantly flying around. And of course Scottish. Och Aye!
We have gotten on really well with everyone here so far and have gotten to know the family who own the hotel. Mr Clark, the father, Kris and Marina who live on premises with their little girl and Kris' brother Donald who also works behind the bar. We have got along so well with everyone that Donald has asked us to house sit his place over Christmas when he and his wife go away! Unfortunately this means a slightly longer walk to work but we will be right overlooking the Loch, beautiful.
Our body clocks have adjusted very quickly to the hours we are working, maybe a little too well in fact, most nights everyone stays back for knock off drinks. The other night we were up talking and having a few drinks with people until 4 am, crazy on a schoolnight.. In fact most nights we have been up well past one and the bar closes at midnight!!! The late nights don't really matter for Adam as the earliest he starts is 10:30 but Eva gets the occasional 7:00 brekkie shift - yuk!
We have to keep pinching ourselves as to how we managed to end up in such a friendly, beautiful place. We really do have good luck! We have been in many pubs in our lives so far but this would have to be one of the most amazing ones we have been in yet.
Photos: The two streets in town Main street and Front street, our local wharf, The one way bridge into town, our local Lord's residence the Inverarary castle, Our kitchen in our room.