18.09.2007 - 10.10.2007 16 °C
Its been nearly a month since I last wrote, which might possibly mean that people have given up checking this. But I shall write anyway, and tell you all to come read.
I have been at British Hills a month now and feel right at home, I think the next 6 months will fly on by. There has been a bit of turbulence, where I have been unsure that I made the right decision, but as it stands now, all is good. And I know that if that were to change, I would just go back to Tokyo, I would have to give a months notice here anyway, so that would give me time to plan.
I have mostly been working in the refectory 8-10 hours a day depending on how busy it is. At weekend it is very busy, we have had several weddings and public holidays so its been packed in the refectory. I work most evenings, and then either the morning or afternoon depending on which shift I'm on. Most days we have a buffet three times a day, often there is school groups in who have this, and some of the private guests will have it for breakfast and lunch. But in the evening the private guests will often have a service menu, ranging from about 20quid for starter, soup, main and dessert up to 45quid for 2 starters, soup, fish, sorbet, main and flambe for dessert. Within a week I was waiting on my own service tables. Which was actually easier than I thought. The challenge then came the other day when I had 3 tables to wait on with 3 different menus and arriving at 2 different times. But it actually flowed very well. And all customers went away satisfied. There is talk of me doing the flambe myself one day, so i will keep you posted on that.
The uniform that I have to wear is black trousers, white shirt, black waistcoat and bow tie. I feel like an fool but at least im not the only fool!
Like i said we have had several weddings, and for this we must wear an even more foolish looking white jacket with gold shoulder things. They are a nightmare to serve because no one stays in their seat and we have to get like 7 courses through them in a couple of hours! Also it involves a lot of preparation, moving tables and setting them etc. Then we have to have them all moved back in time for dinner when we have to set up all the service tables also. last Saturday was particularly nightmarish, a wedding followed by i think 21 service tables and buffet for 80 odd.
I have been on a couple of outings with some of the others, when we haev had the same days off. Last week we went to Utsunomiya, which was ok. Did some shopping during the day, well browsed because im trying not to waste my money. I did buy myself a watch though, because mind was playing up. I decided to go for something fun, so I bought a Sesame Street watch, which just fits and im also allergic to! But hopefully it will pass!
in the evening we we to an all you can eat and drink for 2 hours. I tried some rather disgusting foods such as tounge and like chicken skin or something. Now good. But the rest of the food was and i got my moneys worth of drinks. We then went to an irish bar, where i stupidly drank a pint of Guinness. Needless to say i was sick! We were planning on staying over night, but we couldn't find anywhere good to go, or anywhere to sleep so we ended up catching the last train home and getting picked up by Noriko after she finished work.
the other trip, i just got back from visiting Tokyo again. The 6 of us girls went to Disneyland. We didn't arrive until 1pm because we had to get the 9am bus down the mountain before getting the train for a couple of hours. It was very busy because monday had been a public holiday and the schools also had off the tuesday! Just our luck! As we weer approaching the ticket office, the speakers were telling us that ticket sales had closed for the day and would not reopen until 4pm!!!! Luckily we got there and got in ok. Queues were enormous and we ended up queuing a couple of hours for Space mountain first. We then took a wonder around the park and stopped to watch the parade. It was a special Halloween one. from here we queued for another couple of hours to go on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Which has been updated this year in light of the films being made. So the film was based on the ride which is now based on the film!! I guess they have done it to all of them. basically just putting Jack Sparrow around the place. By the time we came out of here the evening parade was going on. We did some shopping, and sat and watched the light parade, followed by fireworks. Standard Disney parades. We left the park at 9pm. Satisfied that the rides aren't amazing anyway, unlike alton towers, you go more for the atmosphere of disney.
By 1030 we reached Shibuya, and I returned to the shabu shabu place I had been to on my second night in japan. Again having all you can eat and drink for 90minutes. After this we went to a night club and danced the night away. At about 3am we retired to an internet cafe. In individual booths we sat/slept in our reclining chairs, eating free ice cream and drinks until 8am. Only cost 1200yen (about 6pounds!) so cheaper than a hostel.
In the morning we had planned to shop for a couple of hours and then catch the 11am bus back to Shirakawa, however we couldn't find out where to get the bus from and the shops didn't open until 10am. So instead we took the train and arrived in Shirakawa earlier then planned. the bus back to British hills wasn't for another hour so we did a little shopping, however because we had not booked the bus it didn't wait for us and we missed it, leaving us stranded at the bus station for 3 hours until the next bus came. A shower and some food, followed by writing this and i am ready for bed!!! Photos to come on facebook!!!