Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Trying to keep options open

I briefly mentioned  that Mr A started work last Tuesday at the hotel hamam in Gumbet being rented this year by our friend Suleyman.  It was very irritating because Mr A is employed solely on commission and he arrived to find there were no customers booked into the hotel, and the first batch were not due to arrive until the 10th...a group of schoolchildren, who would hardly be likely to spend their pocket money on a Turkish bath.

Because Suleyman hadn't been entirely honest about the situation, Mr A  decided to stay anyway and take advantage of personnel accommodation and food, while he looked around for something more suitable.   He found two more possibilities.  One hotel hamam, also in Gumbet, and another in Yalikavak.   The hotel in Gumbet seems to be the best option, because even though Mr A will still be working on commission only, the boss is prepared to give him a contract (something which is not available with the other hotels).  However, they are not opening until their first customers arrive on 15th May.

The one in Yalaikavak is open, and Mr A decided to start there the following day, having informed Suleyman that he would consider returning to work for him when he had customers.

He has been at Yalikavak for a few days now and is earning a little money.  He came home last night to get his washing done to see me and we had a chat about how things were going.

It would seem that the Yalikavak boss is quite unpredictable.  He makes all sorts of promises and suggestions and then promptly changes his mind.  It's not something that inspires confidence in Mr A, but at least he is earning money there at the moment. 

The other Gumbet hotel boss has been in touch with him and would like him to start on 15th May.  He is seriously considering this, but naturally is keeping quiet about it, neither informing the Yalikavak boss nor Suleyman.

It's called keeping your options open.  Something that we have found is absolutely essential when working in the tourist industry in Turkey.  Taking care of your own interests...because no-one else will.

Mr A feels he is getting too old for this kind of work, and we are looking ahead to the possibility of him working on our father-in-law's land in the village, and making it profitable.  It would seem that FIL is not intending to visit us anymore, or to work on the land (although I'll never be 100% sure he won't just turn up unexpectedly sometime), and he did actually suggest Mr A try to live off the land, rather than continue to work in tourism.

There's a lot to consider....and work to be done.  We have a lot of walnut trees, olives, pomegranates and apricots.  It needs sorting out because it has been somewhat neglected, although the walnut trees are in good shape and would produce the most profit.  

So hopefully just one more season in tourism for Mr A, and then we can get back to something like a normal life...fingers crossed.


  1. It really isn't right that Mr. A has to cope with all this perhaps the land might prove the best bet.
    And no, I wouldn't be too sure that FIL won't turn up sometime either...just from sheer nosiness.

    1. We are so used to the uncertainty every season Helen. But it still causes anxiety.

      I'd love him to get out of tourism and even though we won't make a fortune from the land, we will survive. (Note to self: I must remember to change the locks as FIL has a spare key, and is just as likely to turn up when there's no-one in)

  2. I took my daughter to her first day back at work today - She arrived when told too with all her bags and guess what .... No room. She had to leave her bags in someone else's room and come back. They are all as bad as each other but at least she has a contract and a fixed salary for the 7 months she's at work.

    1. It doesn't surprise me BtoB. She got off quite lightly in only being without a room! And she's one of the fortunate ones to have a salary and contract. Although workers having these doesn't always mean that they will be paid on time...or at all in some cases.

  3. It must be difficult enough to work in this way but in the current climate, it's got to be awfully unsettling. Living off the land isn't necessarily any easier either but you might both feel you have a little more control over your lives.
    Here's wishing you the best - and no, I wouldn't be surprised if FiL comes out for a nosey if you take this option...

    1. Sometimes Annie, being in control is worth more than earning loads of money. Not that Mr A ever earns loads anyway, but working here on the land will be easier on him. It will cut out the dangerous commute on the motorbike which will be a good thing. Of course nothing is definite yet, but at least it's a possibility.

  4. I don't known how you both cope with uncertainty of commission-only work, ayak, especially with Mr A having ton be away so much and with all the travelling. If it looks like you could make some kind of living from the land and be together, that sounds so much better that the present situation. Fingers crossed for the coming summer first though....

    1. Thanks Perpetua. I seem to spend a lot of time with my fingers crossed these days!


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