So there I was sitting by the bar thinking about which direction to travel next, when I overheard the bartender, Adrian, who is all of 19 yrs old, mention something about them needing a waitress. My ears immediately perked up. I know I ‘m no dog, but I swear they did perk up more radar like, trying to pick up all the signals related to this awesome job opportunity. As soon as I asked the bartender, a snowball effect happened, I spoke to the owner, “can you come back today at 6pm?” Yes I can! Showed up at 6pm, “can you start right now?” Yes I can! Woo hoo! I got the job =)
My first job while traveling was glorious from beginning to end, except for one thing…I had zero clue and experience on how to waitress. I have worked as a community organizer, festival coordinator, done tons of public speaking, lobbying, fundraising and even some work in retail, have gone to tons of restaurants but never waited a table in my life…hmm...yeah, I think I drove everyone in Siddhartha nuts!
|Me and my hammock|
Then there is something else about being a waitress that no one ever warned me about before…not even my sister who has worked as a waitress…THROBBING FEET! That’s right. My feet have been tired before from walking long distances, especially while traveling, but tired doesn’t quite describe what my feet felt like after my first few days of work, except maybe THROBBING PAIN! I discovered my feet had a whole lot of muscles I had never used before and they surely made their presence known with a throbbing pain that refused to go away.
|hanging out with friends after work|
I like to think that I also improved my waitressing skills quite a bit, but I’m probably not the best one to ask that question…I am a bit biased =) Anyways, somehow I didn’t mess up the orders as much anymore, yeah, I drove everyone in the kitchen nuts for sure! I think Epi and especially Eric, the owners of the restaurant wanted to fire me a few times, but contained themselves when they remembered I was passing through anyway…hahaha ;)
|Dancing with canastas|
I also wanna say thanks to Alma, Angeles and Adrian for helping me get through my first waiting job =) My hat goes off to all the waitresses and waiters of the world!!! You are all awesome for juggling all the orders without screwing them up, putting up with all the rude and nice customers who don’t always tip.
Not sure what my next job will be, but I’m sure I will learn more valuable skills and I welcome it as long as it helps me to keep traveling and reach Peru =)