The weekend of August 17th was one of the few times when the weather has cooperated over a weekend. Saturday was warm and sunny, a rarity these days, so we took advantage of it. As Nina was in
We were sitting in a big grassy field with a small lake off to our left. By the lake were sunbathers and a few other groups of people sitting on blankets enjoying the day. A few cyclists rode up onto the grass to the edge of the lake and sat down for a rest. Then, one of these red electric cars drove onto the grass, parked right in front of the lake, facing it, while the person inside took in the view. It looked completely ridiculous to see this thing there. After a few minutes, he backed up, drove back onto the pathway and scooted off. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. It looked like a scene from a Mr Bean episode.
Sunday was a company BBQ for the cruise terminal staff. We met in
After a week of negotiations I have struck up a new deal with Stefan regarding my rate of pay. I am quite proud of myself because I came up with a pay scale that is truly fair for both parties, a middle ground rarely found. It is all based around the premise that I should be logging between 80 – 100 hours a month. That is what I was told on 2 occasions, but after working for him for 4 months now, it has only been the case once. So my new pay scale fluctuates depending on how work he gives me. At the end of the month we look at my total hours and see which of the three groups it fits into:
- 80+ hours a month: I receive my standard rate of pay (same as before)
- 65 – 80 hours a month: I receive my standard pay + €2 an hour
- Under 65 hours a month: I receive my standard pay + €4 an hour
I sold it to him on the premise that the more work I do, the less he has to pay me. It now motivates him to keep me busy, which is what I wanted all along. It is fair because it only pays me an increase when he fails to meet the hours he promised me. I worked out the math beforehand and it essentially guarantees me a certain amount each month regardless how many hours I work. However, he swears we are entering the busy season now and it won’t be an issue. We’ll see, I’ve heard that before.
Nina arrived back from
The one professor at UBC who would be appropriate for her project will be taking on 1 student next year, but in the September semester. This essentially means we won’t be coming back in December/January as planned. It also became apparent having a plan B and C might be a good idea too in case Nina isn’t the 1 student he picks.
This isn’t really news to me. For a couple of weeks now it has started to become apparent things were not going to work out the way we had planned/hoped. Coming back to
All that aside, we did have a nice weekend together. Nina’s brother was visiting from
I wrote the majority of this entry Monday morning on the train back to