Dia Dhuit! (...that's hello in Irish apparently),
I had my first day of work yesterday, and my feet were killing me by the end of it! I got to The Merrion at 10AM, and got changed into my uniform and to The Drawing Rooms (the part of the hotel where I'm working) by 10:30AM. It's so different from working at a sports bar! I didn't really do any serving on my first day, but I was happy to clear tables and watch others because there seems to be a lot to remember: for example, when serving a customer tea, you never want them to pour the tea themselves, so there's a certain way to pour the tea for them. Another example is that all of the different menu items have a different place setting. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon, but it was a little overwhelming to begin with.
Possibly the best/funniest part about my first day was that there was champagne training! Two other servers and myself went to it, which involved learning about how champagne is made, different types, etc (and when I say champagne I mean only the sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France...the presenter was very clear about that!). Then we had a champagne testing; everyone thought I was lucky I got to drink on my first day! Apparently they have these trainings fairly frequently - tea training, coffee, red and white wine, etc. It's fantastic because many of the other people in the hotel are young and wanting to learn about the hospitality industry like myself. Tomorrow some of us are going to go on the Viking Splash Tour (click that to go to the website) and then out for drinks; it's a lot more interesting living here when I know people!
And, as promised, here are some pictures of my apartment:
|My room, with my bed made (like it always is...)|
|My closet and photographs|
|The living room and dining room|
|The tiny and ill equipped kitchen|
|Me out front of the apartment block. My window is the one on the bottom left.|
Hope you're all having a great week!