So started cleaning at the hostel yesterday, and doesn’t seem too hard. If you have help you can get through the work in 2 hours, while if you work solo it definitely takes the full 4. Sadly at the moment I seem to be working mostly solo while we wait for the other girl, as I have the most experience in cleaning and one of the other girls isn’t fantastic.
Like most hostel jobs, this one is pretty standard. You start by stripping the vacated beds and remaking them, giving the room a clean if its been entirely emptied. Then you clean up the kitchen (NOT washing the dishes despite everyone bloody well leaving them in the sink, my biggest pet peeve) and go onto the 4 toilets. Finally, you hoover and mop all the empty rooms and general areas. Doesn’t seem like much, but in a hostel this size it takes time.
Sadly, the job hunt aspect of my trip isn’t going as well as I would have liked. A few places are still hiring, but are waitressing jobs that want at least a year’s experience, while others are taking my resume but aren’t actually hiring. Followed a few leads Jesse had found, but no bites so far.
Meanwhile, in order to keep me from spending too much money (and keep me away from the water while my tattoo heals), I’ve invested in a little something from a local charity shop. A collection of 8 jigsaw puzzles.
I love doing jigsaws. In a lot of hostels I’ve gotten obsessed by seeing them get abandoned and taking over the attempt. In Mooloolaba I actually forgot to sleep while I tried to finish up a fruit platter photo.
So for the next few nights I will be occupied by photographs of European Riverfronts, Pandas, elegantly decorated cars and the Sydney Opera House. Worse ways to unwind your brain at least.