The Credit Crunch

Friday, January 16, 2009

Times are tough. The Brits aren't booking half as many luxury ski holidays as other years. Unsuspecting chalet workers everywhere are being turfed out onto the icy streets.

Luckily for the employees of our company, management are being very accommodating. Some of our colleagues are working half hours, others are taking extended unpaid leave and enjoying the free accommodation and food.

Simon and I are in a slightly different boat to the others, in that we are doing a season as part of extended travel. With our pitiful bank account balances, we can't afford to take any leave, or any form of pay cut. As such, new roles have been created for us. We are no longer working as driver and chef. For the next month, until the chalets are fully booked again, we will be working full time taking photographs to be used in marketing material for the company.

The first few days of our new work has involved photographing Chalet Les Charmes . Other projects will include doing horrible things like hiking to remote mountain villages, and photographing a picnic setting as an example of an activity guests can take part in.

As you can imagine, it suits us down to the ground. We can combine the outdoors, photography, a bit of creative thinking... and we're getting paid still.

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Blogger stephwd said...

oh WHAT a shame you can't cook and chauffeur anymore! Instead you must run around in the snow clicking a button ;) Congrats!

10:14 AM, January 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Both of you, loved getting your last lot . Great shots as usual & certainly looks cold
Hope you dont have to use your avalanche beacons!!! Love Granny Jean

2:32 PM, January 17, 2009  

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