Something That Not Everyone Can Buy

Hey, hey, dear followers, workers and travelers!

My guest today is Yordan Karayankov, a junior majoring in Business Administration and Economics.

Karayankov in New York Cit (Personal Archive)

Karayankov in New York Cit (Personal Archive)

This summer he spent more than three months working in the States. He went to Brewster, Massachusetts, which is on the well-known Cape Cod.

Karayankov’s job was to arrange the interior of conference halls for weddings, seminars and other events for the biggest resort on the Cape- Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club. It was busy during May and June, and since the work involved a lot of physical strength, it was exhausting, as well. However, after June the business got slow and Karayankov’s managers transferred him to work as a bus guy for the resort’s restaurant- Ocean Terrace. For my interviewee, this job was far more satisfying not only because it was less tiring and in the same time paid better, but also because his coworkers there were really nice .Karayankov found a second job at another restaurant- bus guy again. There, he was surrounded only by Americans – “It gave me the opportunity to experience more of the American culture”, my guest shared. Nevertheless, he enjoyed his job at the terrace more since most of his coworkers were his age and were from the Balkans.

On the days off Karayankov enjoyed going to the beach or cycling to nearby towns with friends. Karayankov created many new friendships in the States. Most of the people he spent time with study at AUBG and he is still keeping in touch with them.

My guest shared that his worst memory was right after finishing his first working day:

“I got lost and couldn’t find my way to the house I was staying in. It was late and dark. There was nobody who I could ask for directions. It rained cats and dogs…”

Karayankov did not travel a lot but his best moments during the summer were connected to his trips:

“I went to Boston to visit my sister. During the last week in the states I went to New York City with her and we stayed there for four days – it was an unforgettable experience. I wish I had more time to visit some other places like Miami or the West Coast, but oh well… next time.”

 

Karayankov with the Statue of Liberty (Personal Archive)

Karayankov with the Statue of Liberty (Personal Archive)

Karayankov shared that his major reason to try Work and Travel is to earn some money for his tuition. But this also gave him an opportunity to see his older sister who lives in Massachusetts.

Here you can hear Karayankov giving advice to students who are willing to try WAT:

Though Karayankov did not regret going to the States, he is planning to do an internship that will help him with his studies and not to go to the States this year. However, he is recommending to everyone to try WAT at least once, since it gives people experience which they could not get anywhere else.

At the end of my interview, I asked my guest about his favorite thing which he bought in the States. Well, I will just quote his words, so you can make your own conclusions and thoughts:

“I didn’t buy many things. However, I would say the best things I “bought” were the photos of all the memories I created during my stay. It’s certainly something that not everyone can buy.”

 

Here is a link to the Storify summarizing the summer of Karayankov :
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https://storify.com/aubgWAT/one-work-and-travel-summer

At the very end of the post, I would like to upload a video with people sharing the places they would like to visit in the States:

 

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8 comments

  1. lyndseymanuel · November 11, 2014

    great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. storiesfromyourbackpack · November 11, 2014

    Oh those WAT stories, so familiar! (:

    Liked by 1 person

  3. aleksandertsanev · November 11, 2014

    Very good post 🙂 Nice video also.

    Like

  4. sabip94 · December 7, 2014

    Love the video! 🙂 Great story! :))

    Liked by 1 person

  5. melodygilbert01 · December 16, 2014

    Nice video! Looks like you are really enjoying the shooting and editing 🙂 About the post…very nice! But I do love this quote: “…the best things I ‘bought’ were the photos of all the memories I created during my stay. It’s certainly something that not everyone can buy.” SO TRUE. And glad that he cherishes the MEMORIES more than THINGS 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • aubgWAT · December 17, 2014

      Yes, because many people change when they work in the States- they become obsessed with the idea of earning money and forget what really matters in life 🙂

      Like

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