Being Messed Around
I've held off, and held off, and held off publishing a post with my summer plans on it. The reason being that it depended on my boyfriend. The original plan was that we were going to Cyprus for the summer. The company Sean worked for had agreed that Tiger (my dog) could live with us in the hotel, and I was learning Cypriot Greek and everything. Then the boy was offered several contracts by the company I worked for in Lapland, they want to keep him, and in reality they'd be stupid not to. He's incredibly committed to his work, and he loves the life up there in the north, too, and he's good at it. Whatever he puts his hand to up there, he comes out shining like gold. Several contracts were offered and retracted, people who were supposed to stay for the summer were told they weren't after they'd already turned down their summer jobs elsewhere. It was a mess, a mess I didn't want to be involved in. Eventually, tho' they offered Sean a contract which stuck so he's going back there at the end of May until March 2016.
Getting a Job
However, it seems not going to Cyprus was for the best in the end. As I got offered a job I never dreamed I'd be offered. Again, much like Lapland, its a temporary contract, and it more than likely means I will be quitting my current *coughs* part time *coughs* job. That said, I was taken on with the understanding that I would be temporary and leaving in April, that it was a temporary measure until I found a full time job. Instead I am staying on until May, before I head to a job which is equally temporary, and incredibly exciting! I will be posting more about it as I find out more. There is also an opening coming up that I hope to apply to in one of my local towns, tho' who knows if I'll get it.
I didn't realise how much I loved being outdoors until I spent most of my life outside in Lapland, even in -30c, it was beautiful. I found a love for something I never realised I had before now. Since coming home I've made the most of only working part time by going running a few times a week, I twisted my ankle recently so I have been resting for a couple of weeks since its still fairly sore, but I will get back into it soon! I also took up swimming, and have to now go and grovel to my local sports centre to let me back in since I'm going to be here a while. I also took up climbing, which I love and hate! I love the feeling of making it to the top of a wall and pushing my body to do things it's not used to, but I am terrified of heights. I'm terrible at bouldering because I regularly can't get down because The Fear kicks in.
Buying a Car
Now I know for sure that I'm staying here for another 10/11 months definitely, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and look out for a car. Georgia, my scooter has been good, but it's getting old for a scooter and is starting to need repairs regularly. Since I passed my driving test back in November, and have got a bit fed up of being on a bike on the pothole ridden country roads, I decided that I should just do it. It'll give me more freedom than my bike, since its only a 50cc it can only, realistically, go so far. Car wise I just want something old, and cheap and small. Not too much tax, not too much petrol.
|Whitby Abbey, one of the places I hope to visit this summer via Mendhak on Flickr|
I assume I will be unemployed through August, but that isn't going to stop me travelling! My plan is to take a 3 week trip driving around the UK with my dog, Tiger, and camp or stay with friends along the way. So far, all I know, is that I want to visit the Yorkshire Moors, the Lake District, Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands, as well as drive through Wales on the way home.
I will be heading back to Lapland for 2 weeks at the end of July. Sean will be turning 30, and I need to see more of him than we have done so far. I'm looking forward to seeing the river unfrozen, my gorgeous church in the summer, and, of course, Midnight Sun! Sean will return home at the end of September and I am hoping we can go somewhere cool, we're both interested in Egypt and the pyramids so I have been looking into short trips we can take there, but we'll see. From there on in depends on money and employment, in an ideal world I'd visit Asia. I'd like to visit Ireland and Portugal, which seem more feasible right now, since I'll be heading back to Lapland in November.
Whilst I am aware that with all the qualifications I have working in hospitality, I could walk into an hotel or restaurant and get a job on an English speaking resort with no problems, the truth is, I don't enjoy it. So, thru a season workers website, I sent an e-mail about doing an intensive activity instructor course. I haven't heard back yet, but it's something I am excited to know more about!