I'm at ease with living in a bubble, an happy-go-lucky bubble. What a good feeling! And maybe, that's why my visitors feel good here.
The hosteler job (at this scale) pleases me for now. It's physicaly and emotionaly absorbing, I love it! You meet people coming for 1 night and stay more, travelers more than tourists. You get used to them, links appear even habits sometimes and they go, others come. Can be emotional roller coaster.
So, the hostel makes me rich humanly. As I say sometimes, I'm not rich anymore in money but I feel richer than before, rich in experiences, meetings. I feel in harmony with my principles and this fulfils me. I feel full and free, this has no value.
Let's see how much time this can go on in this capitalitic world. But I enjoy the present time because what do we know about the future except that it is uncertain...?
Waiting next season et new stuff (or not), I go back to France with Raymond, taking my time, visiting family and friends on the way, discovering some places and hiking to discover (at least!) Corsica.
And when I'll reach Doullens, I will look for a seasonal job in the Swiss mountains for this winter (yes, I am also well-grounded and I need some money too).
But the hostel is not a so bad plan. Even I do not cover the charges and I don't think I will repay my (small) invest one day, I pretty optimistic and I hope balance the charges next year. This year I have already balanced the fixed charges. I'm on the good way, with an increase of visits: 327 visitors for 526 nights sold. An occupancy rate around 30% on the entire season (from 0 up to 95% depending the week), means 0 up to 15 persons in the hostel. I use ressources from the garden as I can and people like this (it was the plum year with kilos and kilos picked, my first tomatoes, etc). I have great reviews that pleases me (between 9 and 10 on booking and hostelworld; good rank on Tripadvisor and lots of stars on google and facebook). Well, I sould tell more to people to leave some comments but I am bored with e-reputation. And, above all, the word of mouth is working well and my biggest satisfaction: the smile of visitors leaving pleased of their stay.
So, the sector is different but my former experiences are useful: I stay in the service. My clients are not anymore technical projects managers but visitors looking for advices to discover the area, the country, in an autonomous way (more or less... sometime I'm like a travel agency and I can get bored!). So, it is always the same thing eventually! You think and repeat the same things (eh, teacher job useful too).
Apparently, people feel at home here. It's quite and welcoming. Seems to have a French touch here. Hard to say by myself... And they are surprised that there is a lot to do in Korçë and around. Many of them tell tey will come back in Albania and it is really the good time to discover it because it will be victim of its own success.
I like also interactions between the different kind of profils: families, campers, road-tripers, travelers, groups of friends, bycyclists. Depending of people, the atmosphere can change but always relax. It is also a place where visitors can meet locals because my friends like very much my garden and they come often (even, being very busy, it can be more but it's not easy to have free time when you are running alone). So, more and more friends here, nice parties, some trips (even I must stay here a maximum time because people often come without reservation).
But my Albanian language improves slowly and hardly because I speak English with my friends (a bit lazy!) and a lot English and French, even Spanish at the hostel. So, it's getting better but deep conversations will wait!
I'm leaving with minds full of new ideas for next year, projects in progress with friends (festival, climbing development). But these holidays are welcomed apres an intense season in the service of visitors, travelers and tourists. Rest and revitalization by travelling :) Let's go for a nomadic automn/winter!