This time for once my update won't be after 4 months, but after barely 1 week! I will really try and keep this blog as up to date as possible. So what have I managed to do this week?
Well it all started at the airport when the day before me and Rikke left Jojo at the airport. It was suuuch a nice farewell! Many tears but mostly laughs <3 then the day after it was my turn to go. Lovely Rilke and Assturd followed me to the airport at like 4 in the morning, bless them. After sweet hugs and laughs, 50kg (4kg overweight) and a security check done, I was on the plane heading towards Madrid. This Sunday was just filled with airports and airplane, but thankfully I met Jasmin who also has worked in Gran Canaria but in Playa del ingles whom I haven't actually spent much time with , and whom I have occasionally met out on guide Mondays. So in madrid we found each other and immediately hit it of. We flew Gran Canaria -> Madrid -> Athens -> Rhodes. And as I said, thank god for Jasmin, otherwise this day would have been way to long and boring.
We landed in Rhodes 14h after we have started our trip, and tired as fudge we came to this really worn out airport, and was like ehm... what is dis... I have seen much prettier airports in my young life. And this is also where our guests will arrive, so if this would be their first impression, then our airport team really has to go the extra smile to make the guests forget how shit the airport is x).
We were greeted by our new UK manager who is super duper sweet, and she drove us to our apartment. And believe it or not, the airport is like 20-30 min from where we live! So nice, so I believe that this season we won't have as many complaints about the airport transfer being to long! Woopwoop!
We came to our apartment complex and was given our own apartments, number 5 for me and 8 for Jas, almost neighbours! And poor Jas, she had almost nothing working in her apartment x) We have quite alright apartments, really big ones and also big balconies which is nice!
The morning after we met up with Sophie who is a blueberry (this is someone who is brand new to TUI), and she has already been here for a week so we jumped in her car and went to find our way in our new home Faliraki, and we also drove around to find our hotels for the summer. The car she got wasn't the best one, but at least it went forward. And my good, almost all roads are just straight ahead! So nice! no more complicated spanish roads. Sure they drive more crazy here, but nothing beats italian driving x) I think that I will do just fine in greek traffic since I almost felt at home with the italian driving.
Day after that it was time for me and Jas to go and pick up our car. And to our amazement and hapiness we went out of the car rental, and right there stood the most beautiful car a guide can dream of. A bran new red Fiat Panda!
For some very strange reason me and Jas got way to excited about this hahaha! Even our manager said that she has never seen reps been this excited about a panda. But considering the car the poor Sophie had gotten this was a ferrari for us. And thank the loooords, this one has a aux chourd! Our season has just been saved since we can play our own music finally, and damn that base tho in the car, YASSS!
Happy as we could be we took the car and decided to see more of what Rhodes has to offer. We have only seen Faliraki which now is like a ghost town, since all the bars and clubs are closed. In a few weeks time this will be the party of the parties. All reps will come here for a night out, and we live only like 15 min walk away from the main town of Faliraki, so this is super duper nice! #bringyourdancingshoes
Lari who is my Finish best friend from Gran Canaria is also here in rhodes for the summer so he joined us for our little road trip! We first of all went to Lindos, which is this beautiful idyll little village east of the island. I'm just gonna let the picture speak for itself.
We then continued further down, and drove as south as we could since we have heard about this place called Prasonisi where there is an island that is divided from main rhodes, and is only connected via a beach. This trip took only 2 hours, so it isn't the biggest island we are on, but there is still so many beautiful places for us to explore.
Then we drove all the way up to the north to Rhodes town which is the old town, and my oh my is it beautiful! The tourist in me and the cultural and history dork took over. Thankfully Jas and me are so similar in that way and have the same interests. Whilst other people go there to shop, we came there to feel the history. And we have also found this newfound love for greek mythology. My oh my is that an interesting world! So whenever we have time we sit together and read greek mythology, all about the greek gods like Zeus, Hades, Apollo and so on. And what better place to do this than in the old town of Rhodes when you are in the middle of this humongous old castle.
*Side story; so as guides, overtime you get a car, you need to give it a name. In sicily we had a old and rusty car that we called Stefano, and Oscar had a beautiful car we called Felicia. In Gran Canaria we had 6 different cars for the Puerto Rico Squad, and they all had names such as P-wagon, Rojolainen, Ompalompa and so on, which is a good way to differentiate the cars. So of course when me and Jas got our beautiful red panda, we thought okay, since we have found this new love for greek mythology we need to give it a greek name. And we had just found the perfect one. Pandora.
Let me tell you the story about the pandora box. Bare with me since I am a shit story teller, but this Pandora was according to greek mythology the first woman on earth who has recieved all the powers of the gods, and one thing that pandora got was also curiosity. Pandora was given this box that she was told she was never allowed to open, but curious as she was she opened up the box. But that box was filled with all the evil in the world such as; misery, deceases, starvation, poorness and all horrible things you can imagine. All this, Pandora let out in the world since she opened up the box, and in panic pandora closed the box . Little did she know that the only thing she didn't let out was... hope.
So now we call our car pandoras box, because the only thing that is left is hope. Which we can need some days when we might have a shit day, we can just get in the car, put on some up lifting music and say that at least we have hope left.
Today and the next two days we will start smiles academy and have all this training regarding summer 17, which is long days, but good refreshing of what is to come. Then I think we will have some excursion we will go on and more time to explore, and before we know it, its time to go blue! (working)
And might I just add that greek is such a hard language!! It was quite okay to go from italian to spanish, but going from spanish to greek is like going from arabic to chinese. I keep saying hola and gracias to everyone.... We will see if I will even manage to learn any greek at all. At least the tsatsiki is ah-mazing!
But until next time!