Hello my name is Rasmus Lindgren; I’m 17 years old from Sweden. I’m in the second year of high school and through my school, (Tingvalla high school) I got the opportunity to work at the diving center Kon-Tiki in Ao Nang, Thailand for 2 months. I will be writing on this blog during my time here so my family and whoever might be interested or curious about what I do and maybe consider doing the same thing. I hope to inspire you all!
After one week of working I’m starting to get the hang of what we are doing. So far I’ve been just checking everything out.
First day, Monday 15/10: I came to the shop and was just so nervous, for no reason. All of the staff are extremely nice and friendly. I got to do some small paperwork and check if we had the right amount of equipment and write everything down. Also make a list of the new staff and every phone number.
Tuesday 16/10: This morning I wake up early, I was going to join the boat, as a babysitter. The kids were 5 and 7 years old, origins from Spain but moved to London. In the beginning they were like kids are, so very shy they couldn’t even speak. But only after about 10 minutes the tried to teach me some card game that I didn’t get the hang of really, but they were happy every time they won. When the guests came up and we headed home, it started to rain and you could see by the horizon that it was raining cats and dogs. The kids fell asleep at the same point the parent sat down beside them.
It was a great day that gave me so much experience, just the feeling that two persons that never seen me before, trust me to look after their kids while they are deep down in the sea.
Wednesday 17/10: The day started off with a long bike ride to Sheraton. It was a fun ride because I had my teacher Dan behind me, and every time I Accelerated, he grabbed my shoulders harder and harder. Poor man. Sheraton is a 5 star resort just by the sea. (If you have seen the movie; the hangover part 2, the check in scene is recorded at Sheraton.) When we got there we opened the shop and made everything ready for the day. Between 10am-11am and 3pm-4pm the hotel guests had a possibility to try scuba diving in the pool. Most children were interested but not so many. Instead of just sitting in the sun, I got to try some skills just for fun. The day was over within a blink and me and Dan tried to figure the way home, but we made it pretty good I Think, although he was frightened the entire trip.
Thursday 18/10: The morning started off sort of exiting. To get to the Centara hotel you need to walk a monkeytrail over a hill and then down to the hotel area. It was the same routine as at Sheraton. Not much to tell about this day but still it’s fun to help people.
Friday 19/10: Another day at Sheraton, today with just talking English. I don’t mind, I think it’s great to speak English for a whole day because you improve the pronunciation of yours. Today I learned most of the equipment and it’s not as much as I thought it would be. The man I was working with today, Mauro who’s Italian sure knew how to drive.
Saturday 20/10: My first day off from work and I had some plans what I Wanted to do but, after one week working in 30 degrees, you are tired so me and Jessica, (my friend from school) just lied at the beach just relaxing. It was an amazing day, the best since we got here. Lucky us!
Sunday 21/10: Today the day has just started and I’m doing some small jobs in the shop and writing on this blog. We’ll see what else will happen today.
More about me and the work next week, hope that you will follow me and my adventures. Have an awesome day. Bye!