Only 4 Months.

Yo! Im Tremaine, friends call me Tray. My story is like many others…in a job I felt unappreciated in, under valued, under paid & a little trapped.

The truth is I used to run my own restaurant, which is something I had always wanted to do since starting my first chefs job at 15 working in a Pub.

I worked really hard for 10-12 years putting work before myself. Giving up on sports, friends, missing birthdays, christmas’ & relationship’s.

I was trying to climb the ladder in hospitality. The thing is you can climb fast if you have the dedication. It’s very easy to get caught up in a sense of pride being the one your General Manager depends on. You want to do the extra work, extra hours, take on the extra responsibilities to impress & put yourself forward.

My GM ran a very successful business & I wanted a slice. I could see myself having a restaurant whist living above it. The money I’d save from not renting or having low rent cost, I could use to save for my own house, really set myself up.

I managed to get my first restaurant aged 25, 5 years before my target age. This is where things began to unfold for me. The work got harder, longer & I had the added pressure of an area manager on my back. I have the utmost respect for restaurant GM’s now, the hours they put in, what they give up & are forced to deal with.

I was engaged during this time.

I thought that we were happy. That she could see I was working towards a better future for the both of us. But the truth is…I wasn’t present…I wasn’t around. On my days off I didn’t want to go out I was tired, rand down, just happy to sit in my apartment upstairs waiting for the inevitable knock on my door from an employee, asking me to sort something out at work.

She did something drastic. Is she a bad person? Did I push her? I still don’t know. But she woke me up & I got out. Thank you for waking me up. Sorry it was too late.

Flash forward a year. I’m back into my passion, cooking! Working as a sous chef in an upmarket restaurant just doing my job & going home.

I was talking with my then flat mate one night, we start chatting about where we want to be…I didn’t have an answer. All I had ever wanted to be was a GM & when that fell through I didn’t have a back-up. He said “you should do a season away”. He had done 3-4 & had mentioned them a lot whilst living with me. I had skid whist at school, I really enjoyed it but never went again. Something switched & I began looking into it. I found they only lasted for months. I thought I could go out there & figure out just what I wanted to do, come back & be ready for anything.

I managed to get a job for Ski Miguel in a small village in Switzerland called Lauterbrunnen at Chalet Rosa, don’t worry I hadn’t heard of it either, but check it out, ‘Lauterbrunnen’ translates to ‘Valley of Waterfalls’. Yeah, it really is!

I had an awesome season skiing the Jungfrau & Schilthorn regions & mainly producing some really good food. Coffee in Airtime Cafe & hiking around was fantastic, the valley is beautiful & the people there are friendly. I met loads of great people from Altitude Ski School & the locals from the general area. I had already decided I was 100% going to come back for some more next year. I was sat in the Horner Bar, the only pub in Lauterbrunnen, with my good friend Bryan. He said “if your definitely going to come back next winter, why don’t you just do the summer season too?” The time between seasons is short in this part of the Alps.

I finished working for Ski Miguel & started working at Balmers Hostel in the Beer Garden for the summer. Balmers is in the town Interlaken, it’s an old privately owned hostel. Its part of the 50 Famous Hostels group. My job was to work on the outside grill in the beer garden. Much different to what I had been used to but once again it would only be for ‘4 months’. I had an unreal time at Balmers, the super crew there are great, the people passing through on their travels were fun & the whole vibe of the place was upbeat.

The beer garden was a different animal though. We would ringing cow bells, shouting names for food, taking shots, involving everyone & getting tourists to run out to the road when the William Tells parade would come passed. The owners of the beer garden Mark & Ronald know how to throw the best garden parties. They also own the Interlaken Tourist Map, which I’ve now even become a part of, that’s a must see. Check out the link.

 

 

Throughout that summer I had so many first times. Rafting with the Alpin Raft guides, Canyoning with the Outdoor Interlaken crew, even learning to make Swiss chocolate at the Funky Chocolate Club. I took up skating & spent countless days off at lake Thun. I attended a New Zealand Hangi & saw the Haka performed live, even took part in a Kiwi prayer. At one point I visited a cave where they aged cheese & learnt about fondue, great for my chefs career.

 

32588558_10216911534647540_7808513426191286272_n
Where I belong.

During that summer I remembered who I am.

I love interacting with people, being part of their life. I love sports, outdoor activities, adventures. This small town with the population that could fit into most football grounds back home delivered ten times over! I’ve been accepted into a group of the most laid back, coolest, free thinking people who I’ve met. I truly believe that I can be myself here & encourage anyone who feels trapped to get out discover & learn.

I was only meant to be in Switzerland for ‘4 months’, December to April. It’s now been 17 months & guess what? I’m not leaving!

 

Follow My Adventures: Tray Robinson 87 on Instagram.

Contact me for information on escaping the trap through my Facebook.

5 thoughts on “Only 4 Months.

  1. How’s it going, goneformilkgfm?

    OK, I used to be Instagram-”big”, too.

    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be an Instagram Influencer?

    Now, imagine that it is Friday and you’ve just woken up from a sound slumber.

    You pull out your phone.

    Hit the Instragram App.

    You‘re flabbergastered at what you see: Over 652 likes on one of your pictures! There, you see a flurry of likes on your pictures–over 832 on a single photo alone.

    You put your super-duper soft slippers on and head to the kitchen for some coffee. After putting on the kettle, you pull out your phone again.

    Bam! Another 20 likes.

    Vrrrrrr—a message pops into your inbox from a follower. They are asking you for advice on how you manage your food, and are congratulating you on your third month of hitting the gym.

    The kettle blows and you pour your tea. When you flip out your phone, there is another message–this time from a young girl–thanking you for posting. She follows you religiously and you are an inspiration.

    As you begin to respond, your cell buzzes again.

    It’s another message coming in. You glance up at the clock–almost time for the gym. You’ll have to hit them up later.
    Listen, goneformilkgfm, most people just aren’t in control of their life. Seriously, they can’t even force themselves to eat a balanced breakfast, much less hit the gym.

    I’m going to show you how to take the reigns of your Instagram.

    Imagine if you raised your popularity by 100%, or 1000%?

    It’s not complicated to do, although almost no one does. Just check out our website. There, you will learn how to garner Instagram likes and followers like mad…easily.

    Automagically see tons of likes on your images just minutes after posting.

    With this you’ve a big chance to be featured in the “Top Post” section.

    Sound too good for reality? Here’s what you have got to do to get a taste:
    1. Check out https://rhymbo.host
    2. Enter in your Instagram username.
    3. 10 – 15 likes will be sent to your three most recent uploads. Just like that.

    Hitting the Top Post page will 10X your InstaGrowth. But you’ve got to do more than just want it–you’ve got to do something about it. Are you willing?

    Happy image-uploading.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *