The beginning of my journey of life at sea as a chef started when I embarked on a cruise ship in Sweden Stockholm August 2015. I was excited and scared of the unknown I also just turned 21!
I embark on the ship 9am on the dot and got taken to the HR managers office, she gave me forms to fill out introduced me to the executive chef, as he showed me the way to my room he warned me to becareful of some of the men on the ship I had no idea what he meant (I found out what he meant very quickly). I got settled in my single cabin and got ready to start work. I was mislead with food in the crew mess when I arrived there was burgers, hot dogs, fries, icecream! I was so happy the days after that is was rice, rice and rice also some meat and fish. Seriously no exaggeration there was rice for breakfast lunch and dinner. I was definitely mislead😂
I started my journey of the unknown and to be honest it was scary! The ship was massive to me but compared to most ships it was small, the first few days I always ended up getting lost. When I walked through corridors I felt like men would stare at me like fresh meat, I’ve never been exposed to so many men in my working career and I’ve never been noticed by everyone but everyone noticed as there was only few females on board. I panicked because I realised there was only few women on board and hundreds of men. Not only that but I discovered I was the youngest on board and I thought I was not going to make any friends (oh how wrong I was😂). The first 2 weeks I would call my Mum and tell her I’m leaving at the end of the month. I was so convinced I was going to leave.
So during my first week it was quite daunting. I learned how to handle the persistent men and not to let them bother me. I decided I had to change my mindset and be open minded and positive. I found a young girl similar to my age and we bonded straight away. I went out at every port and made more friends and life at sea didn’t seem so bad I started to see the benefits. I learned that when things get tough you have push through for things to get better “there is always a light at the end of a tunnel.”
I got to travel around Europe for free. I made friends from around the world. I had parties every week and I had my own cabin for the month. I got to learn about Filipino culture, Indian culture and plenty more as I met so many people with different nationalities. So that was my first month on board. Not such a great start but it got better very quickly. An update on my second month will be up soon!
I have had a good experience of working in the Lake District and also a not so great experience. But no one can take away its natural beauty. I stayed in Keswick and Kendal and the landscape is just amazing to look at. I’ll share a few pictures I took during my stay.
On my previous post ‘Trying to Stay Positive’ you will read that my accommodation was not great at all and I couldn’t wait to leave. Well I have excellent news and the countdown has finished and I can finally leave. My positive mindset kept me going and I’m very happy I managed to stay. The people I was working with also helped as they were very friendly and welcoming. Overall I had an amazing challenging experience at the Lake District.
So I’m currently in Cumbria, the Lake District. I’ve never been to this part of England before and I honestly was surprised how beautiful England is. The views are amazing! I’m only working here for a week before I go Paris. I’m working with the nicest Chef’s in a newly renovated 4* hotel which looks so sophisticated and modern and is very popular with dog owners because all dogs are welcome.
The story of my life
I have to make this
To get the views of this
It just makes the hard work worth it. The Lake District is a walkers paradise its also very popular with cyclists, people wanting to go on hikes, fishing, water sports there’s so much to do and so much beauty to see.
If you’re planning a trip to the UK I would recommend making a stop here.
I never dreamed of living in Paris but life sends you down paths you never expect to walk. I’m a chef so my job allows me to travel to the most amazing places and one of them is Paris. What brought me to Paris you may ask? It may sound cliché but it was love, a young Parisian man brought me here. We met on a beautiful Island in Tahiti and I felt it was definitely more than a holiday romance. He works in the military and at the time I worked on a cruise ship so it had to be long distance for a while. I gave up my ship life because its honestly for the young a single if you want enjoy your time on the ship. If you would like more detail on how I met my boyfriend comment and I’ll do a blog post on it.
How I did it?
Finding a job in Paris; Craigslist or through Hospitality agency
Accomodation;Weroom, Roomlala and erasmasu
Savings; you need to save enough to support yourself for the first month until you start receiving your monthly salary.
If you are not part of the EU it will not be as simple as you would obviously need to apply for a visa and flights maybe expensive depending on how far you are. If you are an international student you may find it slightly easier. If you are planning to move there I can guarantee you’ll have an amazing time!
Advice? Learn as much of the French language as you can before you arrive.
But yes a man brought me to Paris, I’ll be working in the city in a brand new hotel so it is an exciting adventure in a beautiful city. Paris is beautiful in the day but during the night it really comes alive. There’s musicians where ever you go and shops restaurants, bars are full of life it just has an amazing atmosphere. It is definitely a city I recommend everyone to visit its full of culture and beauty and you really get to see why it is called the city of love. You can genuinely fall in love with city which is why so many Parisian’s are proud of there city and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Last year its no secret Paris went through a very tough time but I don’t believe you should let that stop you from coming. There security is better than ever they have soldiers walking around the city so you feel a lot safer.
Working in hospitality has allowed me to travel the globe. It has changed my life and has changed me and my attitude towards life for the better. When you work in hospitality I believe you create strong bonds with your colleagues that they feel like family and become life long friends. I have worked in Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Cruise ships and I would be lying if I said it was easy. Its not easy its very hard and long hours but you have the best memories and the most fun that it makes it all worth it.
My best job was when I was working everyday on a cruise ship. Most people think I’m crazy when I say I loved working everyday but I genuinely did. Ship life was the most amazing crazy experience and I would definitely do it again! The life of a cruise ship worker is so unique and would seem crazy to the rest of the world. We accept the most outrageous situations and live life to the fullest but on land the situations you find yourself in at sea just would not happen on land. A life at sea is a complete different world. If you have not heard the saying No Rice, No Power! You definitely have not worked on a cruise ship.
I have worked in Hospitality for 3 years and I get to stay in hotels for free I get my flights paid for and some companies I work for pay for all my travel expenses. That’s the luxury side of it but hard work is put in to get those privileges. So what do I do? I am a Chef! There are so many other job roles that give you this way of life and its quite an easy industry to get into because a degree is not necessary. So why is Hospitality so great?
You get to travel by working in Resorts, yachts, ships, and hotels.
You meet people from all over the world and gain knowledge about different cultures.
You become open minded and more accepting.
You make life long friends.
You will always have exciting stories to tell and amazing memories.
You get great work benefits such discount on hotel rooms, restsurants.
Fun parties, great social life.
The picture below is from Tahiti is one of the beautiful places I got to travel and is where I met my boyfriend. ☺ You do also find love working in Hospitality! ❤