Coffee & cakes

11 Mar

A Snag in the Courier Plan (Updated)

23 Feb

Updated: Good news, we where able to find a full British Airways flight on the following day and have booked and confirmed the ticket for Ian. At this point, we want a certificate qualifying us for travel agents for the amount of research and knowledge we have about baggage policy.

We wish Ian good luck, hope he has a great time in Amsterdam and we can’t wait to have our bikes on native soil. Thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions, will keep you posted.

After extensive research and finding a willing candidate (a big Thank You to Ian Severance), we booked our tickets with British Airways this morning, only to find out afterwards that due to cross airline agreements, there would be two charges by each airline to bring the bikes along for the ride exceeding the fees past $300 and the grand total over $1000

If it had been clearly stated in the copy on the websites or explained by British Airways customer service in the course of our last 3 days of researching we would never had booked. I fail to understand the point of having a cross platform airline alliance that cannot be held accountable over the phone for it’s partner airline policies but still that allows the check-in agents at the airport to collect money for both airlines but are still unable to agree t0 a singular luggage policy. I don’t even know if that makes sense written down, but this is exactly the experience we are going through.

Unfortunately we don’t have much to show for our work except the understanding that if you work between two airlines, both of them will go out of there way to screw you twice. And also that Madrid continues be the worst place you can end up with bicycle.

Should we be surprised? I guess not. After canceling our tickets we are back to the drawing board, which at this point potentially involves sending the bikes home on a corporate account through DHL or Fed- Ex. But where is the fun in that?

 

Fedex, DHL shipping question.

18 Feb

Does anyone out there have a business account we could piggy back on? We are exploring shipping options for the bikes.

In Search of “Home”

17 Feb

Beyond using this site lately to promote my ambitions for employment, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reach out there and tell the folks that we are looking to make Melbourne our home for the next 6-8 months. Although we love travelling, it’s time to drop our bags and call a place our own, even if it is for a short while. Packing and unpacking and then repacking is getting exhausting, and we thank all our friends who have been kind enough to host us on the way. But it’s time to put our money where it counts. So here is the pitch:

We are two well travelled, mature, well mannered, hard working, open-minded, board gaming playing (Catan!) people that are looking to spend max $200 weekly to share a place with some cool like minded people.

We know you are out there, so please Melbourne, get back to us and let us call your place home. We like it here and are looking forward to poaching you some most excellent eggs in the morning.

Shameless Self-Promotion to the Melbourne Cycle Community

16 Feb

Now that we have decided to settle into the city of Melbourne, I have begun to reach out to the local cycle community in order to find my way into the inner sanctum of organizers.

So far I have stopped by the Bicycle Victoria Network main office, visited a few cycle shops (and found a mean deal on a dual purpose fixie at BSC) picked up a cycle map from the most excellent visitors center and begun researching potential cycle routes to both Adelaide and Sydney and finally contacted a few tour companies to ask if they need a hand around the shop you know, for some of that wild colored plastic money.

So here is the shameless self promotion bit; My resume, available to anyone I have directed to the blog to check out what we’ve done so far. I hope they like what they see and get back to me if they need a passionate hand around the shop.

I’ll also take any advice on the copy, because my resume skills are a bit rusty. I haven’t formally had to apply for work since about 2005.

David Vesely

Objective Seeking practical technical and mechanical experience to expand professional understanding and develop industry specific proficiency skill set.
Mechanical Experience

Inline Performance Magazine, San Francisco 2009

Fleet Mechanic, Blogger

Weekly written contributions to online blog, including video production involving product tests and reviews, installation guides and general motorcycle culture minutia.

Responsible for the basic maintenance of European super-bike fleet, particularly Ducatis and Triumphs. Work involved aftermarket component installation, oil changes, cooling liquid flushing, brake fluid bleeds, brake disc swaps, electrical harness relocations.

Attended motorcycle events (Laguna Seca) and reported on site to promote magazine circulation and awareness.

Hospitality / Tourism

Experience

Pacific Tradewinds Backpackers Hostel, San Francisco CA 2005-2010

General Manager

Oversaw all aspects of hostel operation including daily operation. Providing a high quality guest service, ensuring a comfortable, clean, and welcoming atmosphere.

Master tenant, supervision and basic maintenance of commercially leased    property.

Recruiting, training and management of live-in international volunteer staff.

Processing reservations, setting prices and allocations by operating multiple online booking systems; Hostelworld & Hostelbookers to ensure maximum potential occupancy.

Operated, administered and trouble shot custom built web-based reception system.

Encouraging guests to leave feedback via online peer review sites to keep the expectations of service high and indicate where changes were necessary to improve customer service.

Implemented and managed web applications such as, Google Maps, Blogger & Picasa to integrate within the official website for up to date content regarding relevant  backpacking culture and expansion of guest services.

Expanded the reach of internet marketing campaign using Facebook and Couch Surfing and Google Voice to reach a larger targeted market underserved by traditional booking mediums.

General accounting, auditing and record keeping.

 

Cheers, Hampshire House Enterprises, Boston, MA 2001 – 2003

Promotion / Valet

Executed bicycle tourism program.Researched and scouting and acted as a company diplomat at most effective tourist locations.

Education

City College of San Francisco 2007-2010

Associate Science Degree: Motorcycle Technician

Health Care Technology: Emergency Medical Technician Program

Emerson College, Boston, MA Graduated, 2003

Bachelor Science. Speech Communication: Advertising and Public Relations

Languages Fluent Czech and Elementary French
Certifications EMT, Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certified

All The Photos

8 Feb

G’Day!

We have uploaded the mass of photos from India and Morocco into two albums (and broken Lucy Atkinson’s internet). Here is the link, but be warned; there is a lot to get through and they generally lack narrative.

Enjoy! India here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/114696573052392414731/IndiaByCamera?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Spain to Morocco here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/114696573052392414731/SpainMorocco2012?authuser=0&feat=directlink

When we settle in, I will start putting them into some sort of order.

Presently, we are in the Freemantle, south of Perth staying with our friends as we re-assimilate into western culture. But here are some contextual financial cultural indicators for you.

1 Americano – $3 AUD

1 Used Book – $14 AUD

1 Cheap Lunch – $15 AUD

It’s time to get back to work, but fortunately the AUD has overtaken the USD and the pay starts at above $15 AUD.

We will miss parts of India (The affordability part certainly) and the accessibility to animals. But after washing our clothes and taking showers we are starting to feel clean and civilized again.

Wish us luck, mates.

AirAsia just made my sh*t list

7 Feb

Checking in and we are told there is a 7kg limit per passenger baggage limit. Anything extra must be bought in advance to 6 hours of flight time. Without an option we are forced to pay 4000 rupees cash (foreign currency preferred) no credit cards accepted (as I would totally dispute the charge as extortion).

No luggage allowance or meals on international flights AirAsia? I have made it my mission to drag your name in mud.

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