Well, yeah, spring is in the air, the sun rises again, buds are on the trees but, but... the rain is here too and the coldness. So, unlike last year, I could not do without heating. Supply of wood and use wood-burning stove!!
My first moments were cold: it's invigorating!
Then, in three weeks, I could observe the season change, even it's still cold now.
However, I could warm myself organizing the hostel:
- big cleaning, tidying up, weeding, planting, etc
- a few fixings: the hot water tank (remove calculus, change the thermostat and resistance -> we find everything in kit form here, it's great!), water saving nozzles, shower heads which didn't like freeze
- to supply my local products stockand to show them proprely, I hope
- and some new fittings, works: a tender for my many laundries and small "archs" in the garden to be protected of the sun, put a limit in the bathroom for the shower (seems nothing but changes everything), curtain rods and a brand-new mattress in the studio, a sheld at the reception, decoration especially in the big room (I recycle, do new with old!).
No sooner open again than family and friends arrived. Guests too: a busy start!
Finishing some other fittings between all this and take my mark again as hosteler: I haven't seen April!
Because, hosteler can be, in the same day: chimney sweep, plumber, gardener, wood cutter, removal woman, cleaner, cooker, touristic guide, decorator...
And, also, business woman with my first balance account "made in Albania", for the last season. Some administrative tasks which take time, to do them all right.
So, I'm not getting bored. I'm still meeting nice people, especially during this starting season because there are people who take their time, sometimes atypical profils, more than tourists in a rush (but, well, are there stressfull people in Albania ??).
You will find a few pictures on my Facebook page, at this link:
Anyway, I look forward to enjoying the garden, picking up fruits which are growing now and keeping the small bar running during nice evening parties.
I will tell you this in a next message, during summer... Since there, be well and happy!
I'm back in Korçë for this second season!
I enjoyed this winter in France, working on several communication stuff (logos, menus, activities sheets, etc). I insist more on the ecological and B&B aspect of the hostel and not a party hostel. I also developed more explanations about the concept applied on hostel (mattresses and linens in a natural material, home-made washing products...).
A huge work on the website since Christmas, as I said, to improve it, especially the booking page and to add Italian language (thanks Nico).
- shared calendar to check avaibility of the rooms / who is here and when, and a bookink form (http://agimit.com/index.php/en/contact-or-book)
- "maps" page more developed (I did a few hiking maps, http://agimit.com/index.php/fr/cartes-albanie-et-korca)
- pages "nature" and "culture" added
- GoogleMaps integrated for location
- video integrated
- widjets added (small interactive Tripadvisor logos ) and links to social networks
- a "guest" page to sumarize all the infos for visitors coming to my home (http://agimit.com/index.php/en/guest-page-eng)
And I added a "blog" side with my former travels with the last one, around Christmas, in Prague. (but it's in French ;) )
I hope all this will be practical and useful. The website begins to be correctly ranked in search engine, I'm happy.
This winter was also for me a curse semester, as a teacher and a student: one master degree (Travel industry) very enriching, in ESH (Ecole Supérieure Hôtellière) in Tourcoing, and my last year as a teacher in ESIEE, an engineering school in Amiens.
A little bit schizophrenical sometimes but I'm very glad I shared a few months with an interesting and smart groups of students.
End of the professional turnover. 100% tourism now!
End of this nomad winter in Hauts-de-France, between Doullens, Amiens and Lille, between family house, van, friends, dorms... By the way, I warmly thank all my hosts. I was glad to see you again friends of Lille. It was intense and unique. The next trips there will be quicker.
Let's do concrete stuff! Gardening, cleaning, etc!
Let's go ahead for the new season! Some pictures coming soon and I will tell you my busy arrival...
PS: some information about cheap flights, you can land in Corfou then join Saranda by ferry and visit South until Korçë...
PS2: My postal cards wall is growing for my big pleasure. A little dedicace to my Master collegues ;)
I wish you a happy new year, under the sign of renewal and benevolence. I hope it will bring you beautiful surprises, with joy, calm and serenity.
For my part, no new projects but to grow projects started ...!
Indeed, you will find to this link, a 8 minutes-movie, telling my first hostel season: https://youtu.be/O0IFzKdFV2M
I hope this will make one want to come or come back for some of you.
I am glad to write my first bookings for the upcoming season :)
Maybe I insist but it seems I'm objective: Albania is a destination to discover now, before massive tourism which will change landscapes, locals behaviours who are, until now, curious, welcoming, friendly. And don't simply forget the economical development of the country with all the consequences in the way of living (malls, advertising, etc for the most visible).
Some people asked me how to come. You have all the information at the link on my website: how to reach Albania
Don't hesitate to ask me some advice.
Otherwise, I worked on the communication stuff to get simpler and more consistent concept, logos. I insist more on the ecological part with this new logo "EcoHostel", a little bit more sober than a former one.
I contact lots of clubs and associations, hoping they will come to Korçë. I work also on my website to improve it, above all booking page and add Italian language (Thanks Nico for translation). Don't hesitate to check it and tell me if there are some bugs... www.agimit.com
Next news in April, when I'll be back!
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