Anyways, summer is almost over and it's time to recap: I came to this beautiful spot in the English Channel with certain plans and here are some things I managed to accomplish:
- went to La Valette Underground Museum : crap; don't ever go there - it's not worth the money. They don't even have toilets...
- swam to Caquorobert (rocky little islet about 200m off Belvoir Bay) and climbed to the top
- went for a spontaneous midnight/moonlight swim in same bay
- went to Lihou Island: a small island with ruins of a monastery (12th century) that can only be reached during 2 hours of low tide every day
- went to two of Guernseys many neolithic tombs
- dined in TDH (see last entry)
- tried scallops - I can't decide whether I like them... they taste.... weird.
- spent a nice day off at the beach - swimming and sunbathing
- took a walk along all the beaches at low tide and climbed from Shell Beach to Belvoir
- visited the weekly farmers' market on GY -- not really spectacular, but at least I got strawberries that actually tasted of something
- went to the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery
- walked the beautiful Princess Radziwill's Path that's reserved for hotel guests: Ina and I sneaked past the little round prison, climbed over the wall and rushed past the marquee unseen in order to get there
- went for a run at least once a week (to combat the effects of the not achieved point 4 of the following list)
In short I think I made very good use of the 10 offdays I've had so far and it makes me happy to think back, but there are also some things I did not manage to do - for different reasons:
- keep away from books entirely in order to use the time for socialising: Our Ex-KP (Kitchen Porter) Mick left me his book as a present and I haven't managed to finish the almost 1000 page novel yet (because I socialise too much).
- walk the whole length of the cliff paths framing the southern coast of Guernsey: I did a bit with my parents - that has to be enough.
- explore Herm's caves: my stupid shifts and/or the weather have prohibited me from doing that, but it's still on my list and I'm determined to squeeze a short trip into next week's rota somehow
- lose weight: some things are not possible with pastry chefs like Tino and Chris: temptation lurks everywhere, ready to jump on you when you enter the kitchen: a plate of brownies or chocolate coated strawberries will sit there, innocently smiling at the passer-by and whisper "Eat me! I taste really nice! Go for it!". NO-ONE escapes that trap! (This is especially true for female staff members.) Kitchen is a dangerous place: Full of food...
- go to Jersey for a few days: I want to get my holidays paid and I decided against going after my contract terminates because I'd rather save the money for my term in Wales next year
- have a cheese burger in The Ship (ideally followed by an Irish Coffee - just to piss off our barman :D): I had no time for that yet but it's on my schedule for my last day. Can't leave here without having had a decent meal.