Saturday, October 23, 2010

Working conditions: they can vary

On the very same project I am now working on, we were once offered free rooms in the staff quarters of a tourist site*. The only rooms available (for my two male colleagues and me) were ones no one wanted.

And no wonder no one wanted them. Shared bathroom facilities with no hot water (and we were at 5,000m asl --- oops, that should have read 5,000ft, as has been pointed out to me: 1,560m). The shower head was missing. Bathroom was basic cement in tones of grey, with no working light. No bed sheets, no curtains, no towels, no nothing...

Someone had bashed a hole in the bedroom wall. Someone - perhaps the same person - had written in lettering half a metre high above my bed: FUCK OFF. I shared the sentiment. (Mind you, the view out of the window was stunning.)

And then there's Borneo Rainforest Lodge, where I have just spent a couple of glorious days:
View from the verandah dining area
My balcony jacuzzi...
One of the chalets
River view from my balcony
Another view from my balcony
The main lodge building overlooking the river
The Borneo gibbons woke me every morning, followed by the Rhinoceros Hornbills flying in to the trees opposite my room, on the other side of the river.

Sipping my early morning coffee, I drink it all in... Yep, it's all worth it.
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*Not, I hasten to add, the same site as the one pictured above!

4 comments:

Satima Flavell said...

What a terrible environment for you to have to work in, Glenda. My heart bleeds for you and your colleagues:-)

PS: Any vacancies on the team?

Glenda Larke said...

I'm still trying to work out a way to get ME back there...

Jo said...

I do so agree with you Satima, terrible working conditions. You'll have to form a union Glenda.

I have an idea that some friends of mine in the UK went to this same lodge, they were certainly in Borneo and had gibbons playing outside their balcony every day. Or was it orang utangs? I'll ask.

Jo said...

Turns out my friends were at Batang Ai - dunno whether that is near where you were or not, and they did see Orang Utangs.