Wonderful memories! :)

6 months are almost done. My first internship is coming to an end but I have to say that I had amazing experiences over here.

Once, at the night of the football game Romania v. Switzerland we hosted an event dedicated to watching it. The guests had huge screens installed on the outside walls of the restaurant and other smaller flat-screens in the hallway. I remember that, at the beginning of the game, while doing my job and I was being surrounded by Swiss people when I heard coming out of those enormous speakers the Romanian national anthem. That feeling is irreplaceable. After that, during the same night I had the best task from that event, because it gave me the chance to watch the entire game. Even though we didn’t win, all I heard that night was our gallery through the speakers even though everywhere around me there were only Swiss.I felt so proud.

One more excellent day/night at work was when we hosted a Romanian-French wedding. It was a beautiful and really hilarious night. Even more, I had the great pleasure of working at the wedding until 2 in the morning where I took care of all the Romanians. I witnessed our tradition of “stealing the bride” and the groom’s reaction when he couldn’t find her was hilarious, especially because he didn’t know our custom. I had a really good time even if I was there just for work. The atmosphere reminded me of the parties from back home and I got to meet amazing people with whom I can even stay in touch.

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I need to say that of course every time that it turned out I was doing a good job it was a happy and proud of myself time but these two moments made me both learn and have fun and fully enjoy my line of work.

To sum up, these 6 months have taught me plenty and I am not talking only about practical skills

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(not only these and many others)

but about myself, as well. I learned the steps that should be taken into account when planning an event, how to nicely and smoothly organize the details so that everything would fit when and where they are supposed to. I learned how to close the day and how to take care of so many things which will help me tons one day in my future, maybe even sooner than I can imagine.

That’s about it what I have to say about my first IT, for now at least.

Talk soon,

Andreea

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What is Internship?

So it’s been 3 months and almost a half since I am in internship and as in any other experiences I had good and bad days!

What I wish to say now it’s like this:
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I just want to answer to this question: “What is internship?” In my opinion, it is a real work experience which will teach you a lot of different things. It is not only about how you gain more knowledge on the industry but it also teaches you about people and maybe the most important about yourself and what type of person you are! It shows you your limits, your strengths, your will to push yourself and your will to learn. It teaches you to adapt to a hectic environment and to all sorts of people.

To me, this experience made me become more mature, more confident in myself, more eager to learn and more independent. However, I am still figuring out how to react to difficult people and not to mind everything they say, because some of them just do not know how to react to the stress.

On the other hand, when it comes to the practical skills, I am improving my service skills, my French and right now I set the goal that by the end of the contract I would have learned at least 100 beverages (cocktails, mostly).

The last but not the least, those months have showed me how happy I am when I interact with the clients. I am so happy when the guests are smiling at the end of their visit in our restaurant. A good word from them makes all the problems and issues go away because it means you are doing a good job! And, from my point of view, in this industry if you have a happy client then everybody is satisfied!

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As one last thing, everything around you is a chance to learn something no matter where you are or what you are doing. Any event has something to show you and to teach you!

So, what is internship? A real life experience!

Talk soon,

Andreea

A little insight ;)

So, I know it’s been a long time since my last article but I am back with news. I started internship and today I have 3 weeks working in Geneve.

The truth is that those have been 3 very tiring weeks but at the same time very nice and interesting. Of course it takes time until you adapt and get acquainted with everything around: the house rules and your duties and so on and so forth. But as far as I can tell, I think by now I have pretty much everything covered. I started knowing the entire mise-en place, the cleaning goes ok, the service is getting better and today actually I learned something new: how to type into the system the orders.

The people are nice and friendly and my language skills are developing. Yes, they talk mostly in French, but when I don’t understand they don’t mind explaining to me in English.

What I can really say is that if you are motivated to learn and you like being in contact with people and are eager to discover more things, but in the same time you are willing to work hard, then you are ready for this path! 😉

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the view from the restaurant ❤
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me :)) ready for work 🙂

Talk soon,

Andreea

Sweet 20!

One more week, some more amazing memories! Last week I turned 20 years old!

Being the first year away from home, being used to spending all your birthdays with family and friends it is a little tricky to lose those habits. The friends part is easier to adapt to as you meet new people here and you form relationships right here and you have with whom to party!

Yet, there is something missing, the family, so guess what? My parents decided to visit me for my birthday. It was a really beautiful weekend, we spent time together: we went for dinners, shopping, walking around. They even had dinner in the school restaurant, where they really enjoyed 🙂 . They met the amazing people with whom I spend most of my time here and they even bought us supplies to celebrate my birthday after they leave.

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So on Sunday, we all gathered in my room to have some fun: we ate, we laughed and the most interesting part for me: I received gifts :)).Thank you all, my friends and dear ones, for the nice thoughts, memories and gifts you offered me. Check this out:

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I wish you all the best!

Talk soon,

Andreea

Felt good to have you here!

Holiday is finished and I can truly say those were 2 amazing weeks. The first one you already know it, but in the second one, something else happened. My best friend came visiting from London for 4 days. That half of the week was incredible, we caught up with news from each other’s lives, we visited around (she fell in love with Lucerne <3) and the most important we laughed a loot.

I showed her Gutsch, the old town and we walked around the lake for a couple of hours. More than that we visited Geneva and we had a great time together.

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❤ I missed my best friend ❤ 

My point is that having my best friend here was a beautiful experience which shows me that some distance connections can work. Besides, it proves that even if now we are both busy and with our own goals and objectives in mind and we don’t talk or see each other as often as before (which is logic because we are not in the same city anymore), quality people are rare to find and who is meant to be in your life will be there no matter the distance!

I hope you found a true friend like I did and if so do the best to keep them! 🙂

Talk soon,

Andreea

Amazing week, beautiful memories! <3

One more term is over as well as the first week of this term break! This term was quite surprising: new things, new people, new obstacles and new solutions came along. One more term and I am moving to Geneva, everything is almost settled to go: accommodation- checked, contract-checked, enthusiasm-checked. So having everything set got me a little tired so the past week of the term break was more than welcome and more than amazing.

Along with my friends I went to Munchen. We did German classes and in the same time we enjoyed the city with everything it had to offer.

We visited the BMW Museum, which I can only say that it was something amazing, from classics to modern cars, the entire history and wonderful car models were displayed for us and the entrance was only 5 Euros for students.

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BMW Museum

Other than that we went to Marianplatz where we went shopping and admiring the pedestrian centre and tasted some traditional food from the markets.  What surprised me was the fact that we found a Latin shop which had traditional food and beverage from Latin America: Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, etc.

Having those 2 touristic places checked, in the last day we also went to the Allianz Arena Stadium, where we were totally mind blown. That stadium is huge and brand new technology is used. And what made the experience even greater was the fact that when we got outside the light were on and the entire stadium was red, just like this:

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Allianz Arena

The past week was a wonderful experience that I can’t wait to repeat in another city! What is new in your lives?

Talk soon,

Andreea

 

I missed this city!

Three weeks of this new term have passed and until now I can say it has been the time for going around and visiting.

Last week I went to a city long missed, called Neuchatel. I went with a friend who had an interview for her future internship, hopefully. I told her that I was there before a few years ago and I would love to go back to revive some memories.

We took the train at Luzern at 12 and we arrived in 2 hours. We went directly to the hotel she was supposed to have the interview and we arrived at a magnificent hotel at the border of the lake.

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View from the hotel :>

While she was on her business I sat at the hotel’s bar, where guess what happened! The man who served me was Romanian! Isn’t that amazing? He told me that he have been living in Switzerland for 19 years, which gave me hope that if he could do it, I will be able to do the same at some point: to stay here, in Switzerland.

The moment we finished there, we had 3 more hours to spend until we had our train back. So, we decided to go through the old town. In our visit we remarked some great chocolate sculptures, a painted paved alley, which was amazingly colored, and relaxed friendly people who seemed to truly enjoy their lives.

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Isn’t that a long graffiti? :O

At some point, I decided to show my friend the Neuchatel Castle from where I remembered it was an amazing panorama. Even though she complained a little bit at the beginning because we had to climb lots of stairs, the moment we got on top she was speechless. The view was beautiful and deserved to be taken pictures of. So what do you think happened? We took tons of photos like these:

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Then we decided to go back to the train station and we got back in Luzern around 7.10 and somehow we got in time for the school dinner which was closing at 7.30.

That day was an amazing day and long-lasting memory I am glad I get to share with you!I would like to hear some of yours new free-time activities. So if anything pops to mind, send me an e-mail! 😉

Talk soon,

Andreea!