After 9 monhts in Asia we are back to Europe. As Kaspars wrote, everything there seems so much like at home, but at the same time so unfamiliar and distant. Getting from Langkawi island in Malaysia to Paris took us about 30 hours, including time we spent waiting for connecting flights. We spent 3 days in Paris. And after that we went to small village Burnand in Burgundy region of France, where we had agreed to volunteer in the castle – hotel.
Why to France? About that you can read in this article.
Currently we are here for 9 days. Burnand is really small village. There are only some twenty houses and some part of them is being used only time after time as summer houses. So almost no people around as well. There are no shops and restaurants in village. Green fields, some farms and many hills is that what surrounds this peaceful place.
Castle, where we are staying and working, is like sun in the middle of the sky – small houses around and castle on the top hill between them. Castle is like from fairy tale – with towers, big and heavy doors, with old and circular staircases. This castle is named Chateau de Burnand. Simpliest room for 2 people costs about 100 euro, two room appartment costs around 200 euro per night. Many guests prefer to eat in the castle not only breakfast (included in the price), but also dinner. Meals are served in the castle’s dining room, where everyone is sitting by the long table.
There are also some animals living in the castle – two dogs, nine nice cats, six chicken and one very, very friendly duck.
So, what are our duties here? We are feeding animals, walking with the dogs, doing laundry and taking care after the rooms, that includes cleaning and making beds. When here are not many guests we help with different kind of jobs. Everything you can imagine doing at home, do some small repairs or clean something. There are many beautiful paintings and sculptures in the castle. That makes us feel like we are working in art museum. But all that old books, dated from beginning of 20th century, old clothes and other stuff makes you to stop for a while and think about that time so long ago.
Looks like a lot of things to do? Yes, that’s so. Usually we are working about 6 hours a day. But we like that. It’s interesting and new experience for us. Especially to take care of the hotel rooms. Most of the “rooms” are big. There are different sizes of the beds, which means different bedding. Rooms are beautiful and looking like from that time, when this castle was built. And as this is not some 5 dollar hotel in India, everything here is done at much higher level. Much higher. And that’s interesting for us.
As we with Kaspars are joking, during our trip in Asia we have lived in a lot of hotels. So now it’s our time to see hotel “from the inside”.
But after work we take bicycles and explore beautiful countryside of France.
Author: Una Baufala
Una is a traveler and travel blogger from Latvia. Apart from traveling and exploring new places she loves to read books. And she adores cats. Together with Kaspars they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since October 2013. WeAreFromLatvia.com is where she shares her travel experiences.