千山萬水，長途跋涉，來到這個遙遠的北毛之地，原先一心想著好好工作三個月儲錢來旅行，怎知…｜We traveled thousand of kilometres to the middle of nowhere in Iceland for working. However just after one day…
千山萬水，長途跋涉，來到這個遙遠的北毛之地，原先一心想著 幹一番事業，成為酒店業鉅子 好好工作三個月儲錢來旅行，怎知工作一天後的早上，老闆一早就來叩門跟我的朋友說：
既然沒得留下，我們便要再作打算，但我們也不知可以有何打算，我們身上只得大約 kr 18800（134 歐元）和老闆答應會給的 kr 50000（358 歐元）作為我們的工資和回程到雷克雅未克的交通費。在生活水平超高的冰島，這些錢也只夠我們食住三、四天。除了錢，我們還需要時間找工、找落腳地呀。雖然當天我們便即時上網找工作，找住宿，couchsurfing／workaway，不斷發 email，但什麼回音也沒有。
到第二天離開時，我們還是不知要往何方，應該北上冰島第二大的 Akureyri 找農場打工交換食宿？還是去人流最高、酒店餐廳最多的首都雷克雅未克碰運氣？
由於離程匆匆，我們完全沒想過上網訂船票一事，結果到碼頭時便要付全費買票，因為那裡沒WIFI。更因為現在剛踏進六月，已變為夏季價錢 kr 5460 (39歐元）。就這樣，只是三天的差距，我們每人便要多付 13歐元，真是屋漏兼逢連夜雨。
就這樣搭車又搭船，轉了六程，終於傍晚時份來到冰島的首都，亦是全國唯一一個城市雷克雅未克時，兩人的交通費總計是 kr 32480（234歐元）！我一人由意大利佛羅倫絲到冰島都不過100歐元，媽呀！
一個人口只有三十萬的城市，要如何接待估計全年會有超過二百萬的遊客呢？可想而知，這的住宿價錢在旺季時會是多高。結果我們能找到最便宜的背包旅館床位，都要每人30歐元一晚。現在我們身上只餘 258 歐元，只夠4日租，怎算？
We traveled thousand of kilometres to the middle of nowhere in Iceland simply for working in a hotel there. After the first day of work, however, the owner came to our room and said:
“I think your cooking is not quite suitable for here. You two have to leave today.”
What?! Hey wait, you were quite happy and satisfied yesterday and even said Jan’s food was tasty. How on earth it’s suddenly not suitable for here now? Anyhow, it’s just one day. Why couldn’t you tell Jan what you like and let him try to change his cooking? After all, we spent so much time and money to make it here, how you can kick us out in this remote area just one day after!
It was too sudden that we didn’t really know how to react. Most importantly, we had no money! Where the hell could we go now?
Since the owner said I was doing great on the housekeeping part, I tried to negotiate with him to give us one week time. I suggested that I would work normally to get paid while Jan would do volunteer for food and accommodation only, so that we could earn some surviving money and have some time to figure out what to do and where to go next.
He agreed at the end after discussed with his wife and said we would discuss about it again after one week.
We worked as normal that day until 5pm when he told us to rest a bit. He also asked us to come back to help in the restaurant at 7pm. However, he came to our room again at 6:30pm and said: “No, I don’t think it’s a good idea. You two have to go in the next morning.”
To be honest, it wouldn’t cost him much for letting us stay for a week while we shared a room in the staff house and especially my work was perfect (that’s what he said). I didn’t really see why he had to kick us out all of a sudden again. Probably he just didn’t like us.
Seemed it’s an unchangeable decision now, we had to figure out something else immediately. But we really had no idea what to do. We only had kr 18800 (134 Euros) and another kr 50000 (358 Euros) that the owner promised would give us later as our salary and transportation for going to Reykjavik. Not only money, we also needed time to find job and place to stay. We sent tons of emails for jobs and accommodation that night, couchsurfing/workaway whatever we could find. Yet, we’d got no positive feedback.
To the North or South?
Even on the next morning, we were still arguing where to go. Should we move to the north for farm volunteering in around Akureyri or head back to the capital Reykjavik where most restaurants and hotels are?
The owner drove us to the nearest town 45km away to wait for the next transit to the ferry pier. He gave us the money and left.
We got back to the pier and realised we didn’t book our ferry ticket online in advance as we were too occupied by the whole situation. Also because it’s June now, the ticket price was raised to kr 5460 (39 Euros). We now had to pay 13 Euros more per person when compared to 3 days ago.
We finally decided to go to Reykjavik because it’s the peak season with many job opportunities there. Just the accommodation was so expensive there that we hope we could survive until we got a job. Also, the international airport is just 50km away from there. In the worst case, it’ll be easier for us when we really needed to go.
Back to Reykjavik
Another long day on the road. After 6 transits, we arrived back to the capital and the only city of Iceland, Reykjavik, in the evening. We spent kr 32480 (234 Euros) for all the transports today. We only had 258 Euros left now. In one of the most expensive countries in the world, we could probably survive 3 to 4 days on this money.
How expensive was it in the peak summer season there? The cheapest hostel dorm bed we found was 30 Euros per person per night. How are we going to survive with the money we have now?
Next: #2 There’s always hope