Friday, 21 November 2008

Answers on a postcard (or comment)

So now the interview is over, the panicking may commence: Bloody hell I'm leaving the country for 5months on Friday!! Shit, THAT'S A WEEK TODAY!

Firstly, packing. I bloody hate packing. I've had to do it so many times throughout the university years that you'd think I'd just get on with it... Well, I hate it. I leave it til the last minute - I once packed the entire contents of my room between 3am and 7am with a bottle of wine in one hand. I had no idea where anything was when it was unpacked back at home, but at least it gone done.

Packing for France is going to be a nightmare. I have to take 5months worth of everything, as well as ski stuff and work stuff. So... Question No.1 - Has anyone used vacuum storage bags before? Do they work?? Will they actually save me much space? Because, I was thinking, salopettes must be full of a lot of air, as must towels and jumpers etc. I've just bought some from Amazon and spent more on postage and packaging than the damn things cost! But I need to make sure they're here ASAP as I have no time left.

I also, apparently, need some good hand cream because, apparently, with the constant two-ing and fro-ing from warm chalet to cold piste my hands are going to wither and crack. Hand cream sounds like a very old lady thing to use and I have no idea... So Question No.2 - Does anyone use hand cream and, if so, what's a good one? I don't want to come home with minging hands.

Then I need to sort out everything money-wise... Basically, if I use my English account over there they'll charge me to withdraw money from a cash machine. So I tried to open an account at Nationwide which would give me free foreign withdrawals but because I'm just a lowly graduate I have a useless credit rating and so they told me where to go. I could open a joint account with my father, but I don't think I want him to have access to my accounts and see how much I'm spending. My second way of getting around it, would be to open a French account, but that involves having a French permanent address and apparently takes forever so I might as well forget it. The third way of doing things is to use Travellers Cheques... but I have no idea about Travellers Cheques! So... Question No.3 - Does anyone understand Travellers Cheques? I understand that I have to buy them before I leave and then I can cash them when I'm out there. So if I take, like, £1000 worth of cheques in small denominations and cash them as and when I need money, that will work, right?

I'm sure there are so many other things I need to sort out and work out. I just know I'm going to forget something really important. Help!

On top of all of that... I have a week's 'boot camp' training that I'm probably going to fail. They're expecting a really high standard of waitressing from me, which I've really never done. I worked in chain pubs for god sake and the nearest I got to waitressing was carrying plates from the kitchen to the table of a chav/student. Maybe I should have been a bit more honest at the interview... I need to get working on my multiple plate carrying skills and learn how to pour a bottle of wine with one hand.

10 comments:

Alasdair said...

Consider a pre-paid debit/credit card thing. They're a bit like Traveller's cheques in that you pay for it before you go, but without the hassle of having to find somewhere to cash them...

ayemiy said...

Norwegian formula is good for your hands.

It's white packaging with a little Norwegian flag on it.

If you want to spend a lot, molton brown do nice ones, but srsly, just go to TJ hughes and you can pick up NF for cheap.

Also, E45 for your face will stop it chapping. Remember some SPF lip balm also. Loreal do a Ski one. MAC does an SPF 15 one which you can buy clear or tinted.

theperpetualspiral said...

Whereabouts in France are you going?

You could load a credit card with some cash? They tend to get the better exchange rates. From what I remember (and it is a long time ago) Travellers Cheques can be a bit of a rip off when you come to exchange them.

Alasdair said...

I have a 20% off Molton Brown voucher somewhere, actually...

Dino said...

Neutrogena for the hands... is probably just the branded Norweigen Formula though. With travellers cheques you pay a commission, plus the spot exchange rate you get from the bank might be more favourable. Either which way, you'll end up paying. Does your bank do a grad account?

As for waitressing... serve from the left, clear from the right - except wine which you serve from the right. Hope that helps! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

vacuum packs work - but realistically, only once, and it depends on the material of your clothes...

rosiewishes. said...

Thank you thank you for the help!

Perpetual - I'm going to Val D'Isere for training and then working in Courchevel 1850 (if I pass training!)

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