這星期柏林變冷了。上次和敘利亞朋友Firas去C & A 買的衣服有些不夠穿了。本想拉著他再一起陪我去，但他不喜歡Shopping，所以只好還是自己去。
Because the weather in Berlin was getting colder recently, the clothes I bought with my Syrian friend Firas was not enough. I was aim to drag him to buy clothes with me, but he don’t like shopping and I had to go on my own.
For me, it is not a small budget for buying clothes here in Berlin. When it comes to spending money, no matter it is really necessary for me or not, I always felt so guilty and angry. I am upset that I was not burn into a rich family and even more, I found myself useless.
Since last time Mrs. Guan paid me 40 EUD for moving furniture for her new house, it has been about half and two months. Except going to language school on weekdays, I just stayed at home and fooled around on the weekends.
Thanks Polish girl in German class for giving me this Nebenjob information. I gave it a try again to ask whether there was still a position for selling sightseeing ticket.
On the way to the office, I saw an Asian guy who was selling their ticket and this improved my self-confidence of getting this job. And two days later, this Asian guy was exactly the one who teaching me how to do this job on Saturday. He is master student from China, called Wu.
Because my FONIC SIM card was blocked, the sightseeing office might fail to keep in touch with me before. Beside this, their chef was not in office when the first time I came. The miss who receive my resume might also forget to hand out my personal information. But this time, chef was here and he directly told me that I might work on weekend because one of them took a day off.
Saturday was a day with beautiful sunshine. The first trying always made me nervous, a bit of upset, do nothing, and have terrible sleeping quality. They asked me to arrive 15 minutes before 9 o’clock, so I needed to wake up half an hour earlier than weekdays. I was on time.
I was thinking that my coworkers might be about 2 or 3 people, but end up with 10 people. The Asian guy I saw on Thursday was friendly and initiatively said hello to me and then taught me how to do this job: recording with a cellphone before and after work, counting money and ticket in suitcase ……etc.
Because of marathon in Berlin today, so the chef told me that the bus route today would change a lot. They all spoke in German. (My German level will be A2 this month). Wu knew German and explained a bit to me, but also told me he could not fully understand either. This god damn marathon caused us a lot of troubles at the end.
Wu was assigned to teach me today. There is also a German girl who was also new, and a beautiful German woman was responsible for her.
There were two ways of selling sightseeing tickets: Tourist attraction site and taking the bus. Wu and I were assigned to Bus 4 to take the bus. About 9:30, everyone was still organizing in the office. 10:00, we sold ticket on the street, the start site. About 11:00, Wu and I took on the bus. When the bus stopped, we went out and sold tickets.
In fact, half of the working time, we were just sitting on the bus and doing nothing and I also went a lot of tourist attraction in Berlin where I have not yet been(EX: Berlin Wall), so to some degree, it was an easy job, just like that Polish girl told me.
They did not offer lunch, but the bus driver was nice and shared a piece of hard bread with me.
Normally, we had 3 times sightseeing tours. The first round was still normal which took about 2 hours. For the second round, because police was gradually blocked the streets for marathon, we adjusted the route on the half way and took about 3 hour. And the last round, whole vehicles was forbidden to access and we were forced to cancel the sightseeing. We can get out of work earlier, but also a lot of unhappy customs wanted to take back their money. It resulted in many problems and also ruined my first try of this job.
今天讓我感到挫敗的事情 Things which frustrated me today：
My German is still far from handling this job. Even though the chef told me English was already enough, however, when I was really into this work, I found my coworkers were all speaking German. If I cannot speak good German, I won’t be able to understand them. Because of learning too much German, my English ability has been decrease a lot. I have difficulty for switching between English and German. Right now, I am suck at both English and German.
Mein Deustsch ist nich genug für deise Nebenjob. Der Chef hat mir gesagt, dass Englisch perfekt ist. Aber ich kann nicht sehr gut verstehen , was meine Deutsche Kollegen mir gesagt hat. Mein Englisch ist wegen des Deutsches schlimmter als Vergangenheit. Beide Fremdesprachen kann ich nicht sehr gut benutzen.
Awkward customer is world-wide. There were four annoying customer tried to negotiate the price with Wu. Basically, 10 EUD for an adult ticket was a limit, but they were not satisfied until Wu sold them 2 children tickets which were 5 EUD each one. As the result of marathon, a customer was fail to return the ticket which not signed by Wu and angrily threw the ticket on Wu when getting off the bus.
At the end, I found myself have not change a bit from being stupid, reckless, and forgettable as I get nervous. A lot of people wanted to get back their money and my coworker who worked as tourist guide urged me to return customers’ money. I was also getting too nervous to forget what Wu told me not to touch his money in tickets-box. He was so pissed off when he saw me return people money, because some ticked was not issued by him which means he was not responsibility for. Knowing that receive of tickets may attribute myself to pay whole of them which was estimated about 100 EUD. My brain went blank when Wu told me that. Thanks God that everything was fine eventually.
我可以改變心態 I can change my attitude：
Before going home, one of Chefs asked me I would continue the job tomorrow. I wanted to take some rest on Sunday, because I had released out too much will power today, had not done my German homework, not yet reviewed the new grammar taught on Friday. Most importantly, I needed to think twice before I made the decision to do or not to do this job. I just told him that I would be back next Saturday.
After home, I asked Daniel (my German teacher in Taiwan) for advices. He was still as cute, nice and tolerant as before. He always takes my complaints and comforts me. “The first day of work is always terrible!” he said.
In spite of the salary of the first 3 days being low, there will be double salary afterward. Comparing to other poor Taiwanese holiday-worker, this is really handsome paid. At least, earning some money is better than doing nothing at home.
Other coworker told me today was really abnormal. Due to the marathon, too many people asked to return the ticket and it became a disaster afterward. “It is not a good day to start learning.” A nice middle-age woman told me. At least, today might be the most terrible prospect of this job and I encountered it at the first day. I already had mentally preparation and expectation for the future career.“It is ok if start from a terrible. You can increase your good feeling for this job gradually. ” an Interpal Lukas told me. I can work for few times more instead of judging this job at the first try.
Even if my aim with working holiday visa has been transferred into learning German in Berlin, this visa is still really deformed/ special. It is a pity if I have never worked with German. I want to work in Germany or USA, so sooner or later; western people may be my coworker. I would rather make more mistakes and learn from them as young as possible. Being familiar with them earlier does more harm than good.
“Thing can be solved with some money is not a big deal.” as my father said. I have learned a ‘costless’ lesson today. Doing this job is just careful of the money.
If I really don’t like this job at the end, just take it as earning some allowance. Anyway, I can only work once a week. I used to be really unpleasant about the limited money and upset with my parents and myself. I should try a bit if here is a economic solution.
Although there were still many obstacles between the communication of my coworker and I, I can still understand a bit of German through their expressions and gestures. Especially when the old German granny tourist guide complained about the fact that most streets was blocked to the other side of cell phone, I can almost understand what she was talking about. Doing this job and getting along with my German coworker may boost my German.
打工度假的人格特質 (引用：超級旅行者 Elaine&Vicky)