So here goes the latest update... The days have been flying by here as there is so much to do.
We have all settled into work and are working 5 days a week, on different shifts and on different days. We ususally have weekdays off as the hotels have been completely booked out every weekend since we got here. The morning shift from 7 till 3 pm is much busier with guests checking in and out . Work mostly involves answering guests questions about the area and tours, checking them in and out and dealing with any complaints they may have about rooms etc. Answering the phone and making reservations for future guests is a daily task. We have all become pros at giving directions around the city and advising people where is good to eat. I dont think we have eaten out in the same place twice. Charleston is full of local restaurants serving local food at quite a reasonable price. We can't even find a McDonalds down town which shows the kind of place Charleston is. The city is steeped in culture and they are very proud of their history, cuisine and architecture.
People here are so friendly. We've made many friends from coworkers to people living in our apartment block. There is a really casual atmosphere in Charleston and no one is judgmental. We usually go out on a night out in flip-flops and shorts, something a world apart from Ireland. Our bikes have paid for themselves. Some evenings Meabhdh and Bev go for a cycle around the city when its a little cooler to The Battery where there is a walkway along by the beach and some swings and water fountains. Don and Caleb usually use the bikes to go to the supermarket or the gym.
For 4th of july Caleb and Bev were lucky enough to be working on the early shift so we headed out to the beach with a gang from work. At the beach we played some beach games and swam in some very warm water. We were told to keep an eye out for sharks, which was a little off putting but we still had a great time. It was the 4th of July so when the sun went down, the night sky lit up with all the fireworks. There were flashes and bangs from every direction and the atmosphere was electric. The American's really know how to celebrate Independence Day. By this time Meadhbh and Don had finished work so we all regrouped and headed out for the night to celebrate the 4th of July and America's Independence!