5 days to go!
June 2nd: Application to AIDA
Once again, still being in Thailand, I have this crazy idea to apply to work on a cruise ship (AIDA). Looking back at my application letter I must admit that it was pretty risky to apply at a German company with such a "laid back" letter! - had probably to do with the fact that I wrote it under palmtrees at the beach ;-) Nevertheless:
June 28th: Invitation for the assessment Center!!
It took them 26days and I didnt even wait for it! Time flies when you are having fun! One day, out of the blue, I went to the internet cafe to check my mail when I found my invitation for an accessment center on July 20th - SOOO lucky, because thats just 4 days after I my return flight was scheduled!!! My heart jumped :-)
July 16th-July 20th: Welcome back Germany
I'm packed up my things and left Thailand just in time to be at my sisters graduation! Then straight to Cologne, AIDA Assessment Center! After an exhausting day of personal interviews, Knowledge tests (thx Anna for mobile assistance :-P), Dive Briefings and Underwater teachung skills presentations I was offered a postion on one of the 8 AIDA ships!!! When...which one and where to....unknown....
My excitement was only little! Had to wait for a call for my details....
"Don`t worry be happy" - my mobile rang: Proposed contract:
Start 9-10-10, 6 months, Trans Amazon River cruise starting from Mallorca, then Carribeans
"Not bad for a newby at AIDA" HR person on the phone said!
I was speechless and couldnt believe my luck! Carribeans, JUST THE CRUISE I WANTED!!!
September 4th - 11th
Basic Safety Course in Rostock! This course was everything but BASIC. Firefighting, freefall rescue boats, well u must have seen the pics on facebook! After that there was a course specifically for AIDA, crowd management ("dont panic guys - the ship is sinking (ow no, no negative words allowed!!) ehh....let's move to our rescue boats! There is a space for everyone! Don't panic and noo we cant take our luggage!") and other service oriented lectures.
Last couple of weeks:
Endless visits to different doctors for medicals, a trip to the Brasil embassy to apply for my working visa (combined with shopping at Primark...:-), but it looks as if I am ready.
Tomorrow I will do yet another check at a doctor in Frankfurt and I'll pick up my visa (touch wood). I'll drive a Mini Couper!! A special treat from BMW to make my trip more enjoyable! :-) Even Lisa will be here and join me...so, it's great!
Now I just need another suitcase! One is already packed, I am very proud - 5 days before departure!
Also I didnt get my flight details yet! Im dying to know!
I AM READY FOR ANOTHER ADVENTURE!!!
PS.: I am trying my very very best to settle down at the Heimat soon! I really do!!!