Jane finds work
on Charley and Jane in Vietnam (Vietnam), 28/Oct/2009 06:39, 34 days ago
Jane has found a job. It goes under the rather grand title of Head of Nursing Department, at local Polyclinic (actually the one that VSO uses). She's very nervous about it, but then she was very nervous before she started the job in Bristol and that turned out fine. Nearly everyone is nervous before starting a new job aren't they? It does mean changes for us. The first is that, realistically, we have to move from our somewhat basic accommodation in District 12 (the third sequel to 'District 9'?) into somewhere closer to the centre. Or, actually, being us, The Centre itself. Pham Ngu Lao Street, or the 'backpacker strip'. There are lots of small bars and restuarants in the streets around. I'll tell you about it another time...The job carries a respectable salary– yes, she'll actually earn money for the work she does – and enables us to get somewhere modest but nice. Where there are other 'white people'. This isn't a huge problem for us at the moment– the Vietnamese are very friendly, and whilst mildly curious, don't stop and STARE like a few other ethnic groups I could mention (but won't!). For Jane part of the fear is the reality of working 5.5 days a week – ouch! But if she can stick it for, say, a year it would do wonders for our finances. And that's one of the reasons we're here after all.