I can’t believe it but it has been nearly two months since I came to “Hotel Flying Crocodile” and met a bunch of amazing people.
On the 13.11.18 a canadian couple that was staying at the same hostel in Nosara as I drove me to Samara because they had to go through that town. I can just say that they are one of the most attractive, cool, adventurous and open minded couples I have met so far. We had a relaxed drive with lots of laughing and some deep conversations about what life is really about.
They dropped me off at a beachfront restaurant called “Lo que hay” where I spent the rest of my afternoon eating chips and guaca and reading.
After some hours a woman approached to me and asked if I was Amy. That was when I met Emmanuelle (Emma) for the first time. My chef/french mum/friend and so much more.
From there we drove to the hotel that is located one beach further. I still wonder why I wasn’t nervous at all but something about her just made me feel comfortable from the very first moment.
We arrived at the hotel and I was shown around and introduced to the other people I woud be working together with. The room I would be sleeping in was beyond what I expected it to be. It was spacious very clean and just lovely.
In the following week I started working at the reception of the hotel without any experience! But it went very well and I really enjoyed interacting with the gusts and managing bookings. A day like this would normally look like this.
I would wake up at 7am work out for half an hour then have breakfast and afterwards go to the beach or explore the area. At around 2pm I would start working so I brought my laptop, phone and water bottle to the reception and start “working”. In those five hours of working I mostly did my own stuff like writing my uni application but of course there were also phone calls, people checking in or out and other things that needed to be coordinated while Emma was away. In the evenings I mostly cooked for myself and sometimes for the guests as well. Two days a week I was completely free that meant I could visit Samara the next biggest town.
Throughout the whole time I met incredibly genuine guests like a couple from Russia with whom I had some late night conversations and a lot of fun during my work at breakfast.
In the last three weeks I also worked in the mornings a lot which meant I had to get up at 5:45am and work from 6am to 11 am. That was intense but I felt so much more energized throughout the day.
In the mornings my job involved interacting with the guests, clearing/cleaning the table and in general serving the people their eggs. My standard question in the mornings: Quieres huevos? Fritos, revueltos o un omelette? // Would you like to have eggs? Fried, scrambled or an omelette? But the best thing probably was working together with Lidieth who is a middle aged Tica that taught me how to make the best Omelette ever.
In general I liked all the people at the Hotel. Emma was the best chef one could wish for and she always took care of my like I belonged to her family. The other volunteers were nice too though I realized that french people do not like speaking in another language while most of them speak french. That left me in situations where I can just laugh about now. We were eating one night and were in the kitchen and they started talking in french again. Emma switched to spanish and said that we should speak spanish so I could get involved in the conversation. Then there was one moment of quietness and the french talk continued… I just laughed and after some minutes said that I could speak three languages so they should please choose from those. Nothing. Well I don’t want to get into that too much some people are just a bit ignorant.
The time I spent there really helped me focussing on myself and my future which was, as I know now, exactly what I needed.
Though I have to admit that the hotel was far away from anything and I was isolated. I only had two chances a week to visit the Samara or other parts that were closeby. For a person that can’t be alone for several hours a day without talking and really just being alone with their own thoughts I would not recommend places on workaway that are not directly in a bigger town.
Thank you Emma and Bastien for such a unique opportunity of getting to know the hotel business and living a quite and but satisfying life with lots of laughter!
And now some pictures…
‘The (hot) canadian couple’
‘When I was lucky I could observe howler monkeys outside the hotel’
‘Playa Buenavista- where I spent most of my days at’
‘Playa Barrigona- don’t go there over the rocks! This is the voice of experience talking.’
‘You can see these flowers all over Costa Rica’
‘Lidieth an her adorable niece’
‘Bits of me posing’
‘Bits of me being cute’
‘A six year old having fun in the waves’
* 13.11.2018-24.12.2018 *