Category Switzerland

August and October Who Would Have Thought??

Waiting on tables continues to be where it is at for our family. August was our best month of the year income wise which I thought strange but then October came along and together with teaching bartending on Monday nights was our best month ever. Now if only I can get this cruiseship thing going […]

Blogtalk Radio Tonight at 11PM

Well tonight is the night for a live 30 minute talk on how a bartending course can help turn someone’s life around and make it exciting. I hope the sound effects during the show work. To listen in you can come back at 11PM EST and click on the box to the right. If this […]

The Job Interview Of A Lifetime ( A Short Story )

I couldn’t believe my stroke of good luck when Stephen Peter telephoned me from Switzerland to ask me if I wanted to join Renaissance Cruises on their new ship being built in Italy. Here I was unemployed in Jasper Alberta during the slow season. The restaurant where I was working had closed for the winter […]

20 Years Ago Already

I was talking with a young busser last night and he overheard me talking with a new waiter about my travels. Then I began to realize that it was 20 years ago that I was finishing up my second contract in Switzerland. It was a great time there as I got the chance to see […]

Montreux Switzerland 1988-89

Now we are up to this point in my hospitality career when things are really beginning to get adventurous. After a short stint on the SS Norway and then going to French school , I heard of an exchange opportunity that existed for hospitality students between Canada and Switzerland. Signing up for it and later […]

A Brief Conversation That Changed Everything

After my two month or so stint on the SS Norway and my recoup of 1 week in Fort Lauderdale , I was back home to ponder what I was going to do after my hopes of working on a cruise ship had quickly vanished after this dreadful experience. In late 1986 I found a […]