Cobo Bay Guernsey

A Tale or Two About: The Last Six Months

If you’re a subscriber or follower of A Travellin’ Tale, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been more than a little absent from the blog over the past six months. It sounds like a cop-out to say that I’ve just been too busy to post but…that’s the truth!

The first half of this year has flown by and with working abroad rather than simply just travelling, the majority of my free time has been spent catching up on important daily things (you know, like eating and sleeping) rather than writing…but I’m hoping to change all of that now…

To give you a bit of an idea of what I’ve been up to and what’s next, here’s a quick round up of 2016 so far…

January

I arrived back in Scotland after a series of rather unfortunate events (which you can read about here) in Bali over Christmas. After a couple of weeks back in cold, snowy central Scotland, I was starting to get itchy feet again and had to decide if I wanted (and could afford) to head straight for Australia or if getting a job and saving up some more cash first would be a better plan.

Callander, Scotland

Arriving back in Scotland in January after being in Bali was a little chilly…to say the least!

I decided that working and saving for at least a few months was the smartest thing to do, but that I didn’t necessarily have to do it at home, and so I started looking into jobs across the UK and Europe…

Fiona McNicol - Scotland

Leaving again: from Scotland to Guernsey

February

At the start of the month, I was offered a job in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands…and decided that a change of scenery (and climate) would be good for me. My initial plan had been to stay at the job until September, saving up enough money to see me through at least a year in Australia.

St Peter Port Guernsey

Exploring St Peter Port, Guernsey in the Channel Islands

I spent my 27th birthday exploring Guernsey’s amazing cliff paths and stunning beaches (who knew?) and getting to know my new island home, and to start with it all seemed like it was going to work out perfectly…

Guernsey, Channel Islands

Birthday hikes around the cliff paths of Guernsey

March

After a month in the new job, it was becoming clear that the long hours and having only one full day off a week were going to make much exploring or travelling fairly difficult. When I did have free time, I spent as much of it as possible wandering the island, visiting the historical sights and having, what the guys I worked with termed, “mini-adventures”…but it didn’t feel like enough. The job was brain-numbingly boring but somehow exhausting and I felt like I was slipping into a rut…

German Occupation Museum Guernsey

Visiting the German Occupation Museum in Forest, Guernsey

April

By April I was feeling completely demotivated and the familiar “It’s time to move on…” voice was back in my head. I’d also managed to get myself into a complicated situation with a work colleague…and something that started as a casual thing suddenly felt far too serious…

Sunrise Forest Guernsey

Sunrise over the cliffs in Forest, Guernsey

With the prospect of spending another five months in the job and on the island becoming less and less appealing, I started looking on job websites and began to apply for seasonal work – everywhere from Greece to Ireland to France…

May

At the start of the month, I booked a week off work and a flight back home to Scotland, feeling like some time with my family and friends would help me to sort out my head and figure out what I wanted to do next.

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Home: Sunset on Stirling Castle, near my family’s home in Scotland

Just before I left, I’d been in touch with a hotel in Greece about a possible job and, in a strange twist of fate, that enquiry lead to a job offer on an island I had come to think of as a second home…Sardinia. I spent my week back home in Scotland roadtripping to St. Andrews, Dundee and Glasgow with my closest friends and decided to say yes to the Sardinian job…starting on the 28th of May.

Broughty Ferry Beach, Dundee, Scotland

Roadtripping to Broughty Ferry, Dundee

I managed to fit in a last minute day trip to Guernsey’s tiny neighbouring island – Herm – something I’d wanted to do since arriving in the Channel Islands (I’ll be blogging more about this soon!) and spent my last night off watching the sunset from the incredibly beautiful Cobo Bay beach on the west coast.

Herm Island, Channel Islands

Spending a day in Paradise (also known as Herm Island – hard to believe it’s the UK right?!)

After a few issues with the company I had been working for in Guernsey over my notice period, I was packing my backpack again and leaving one island for another…

June

Last year, when I travelled around Sardinia, I had briefly visited Porto Cervo on the island’s famous Costa Smeralda…but out of all the places I’d wanted to come back to, it hadn’t been high on my list. As fate would have it, that’s exactly where the job was…and so at the start of the month I found myself working in the, now-not-so-much-of-a-ghost-town, Promenade du Port, as the manager of a luxury beachwear boutique…

Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Back in Sardinia: A new job in Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda

The job included a house, in the small and (thankfully) much more reasonably priced town of Baia Sardinia, and a car for the 10 minute daily commute back to Porto Cervo.

Spiaggia Tre Monti, Baia Sardinia

Perks of the job – having this beach just moments from the house!

Most of the month was spent getting used to the new job, driving on the other side of the road and generally adjusting to living abroad again…with the occasional day trip to explore some of the island’s north east coast beaches…

July

After a month back in Sardinia, I finally feel like I’ve settled in and I’m ready to start exploring, travelling and making sure I see all of the bits of the island that  I didn’t get the chance to visit last time I was here…

Baia Sardinia

It’s time to start exploring the island again!

As for the future, Australia is still high on my list of places to visit…whether or not the end of this year will turn out to be the right time to take that trip is something that I am still trying to figure out…but there will be much, much more to come on that soon!

As always, thank you for reading and following A Travellin’ Tale and please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions for places to see whilst I’m in Sardinia below! 

Fi x

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