The longest day on my work life was when a coworker and I had to leave to Formigal to unclog a pipe in a restaurant which was placed at 2,000 metres above sea level.
My coworker and I arranged to meet at five o'clock in the morning at work.
We prepared the vehicle with all the tools and we headed to Formigal.
I remember we arrived at Formigal at about eight o'clock. First thing we did was to have a coffee.
It was winter and it was very cold, there were a lot of snow and it wasn't sunny at all.
When we finished the coffee, we went to the ski resort. There, some workers from Aramon were waiting for us, and we were talking about how we were going to do the job.
I must explain to you, we usually for these types of work we use special cars equipped with water pumps and a hose to introduce into the pipes. However in that ocassion it would not be possible because we couldn't go with this vehicle up to 2,000 meters in the mountain.
So, in that ocassion we had to climb just with a portable machine to unclog the pipes.
Can you wonder it???? How on earth were we going to climb to the top of mountain carrying a portable machine????
Well, we carried the portable machine tied to a chair lift and my coworker and I next to it.
IT WAS A CRAZY!!!!!!! But we arrived to the restaurant on the mountain without any problem.
Once there we went to the restaurant and we started our work. Unfortunately for us the restaurant had closed after its construction all the pipe registers, I mean there wasn't any valve box pipes, so we could just disassemble a toilet to put the hose through the toilet but it wasn't possible. We needed the help of a mason. He would have to perforate the floor of the restaurant to find one register.
And here, we arose out of another problem. The boss of the restaurant said to us he wouldn't let us perforate the floor before they had finished serving all the meals. He said that would be possible at about five o'clock p.m or so.
Until then we didn't make anything. Thus my coworker and I went to the village. It was approximately eleven o'clock so we went for a walk around the village and after, we went to have lunch. After eating, we decided to return to the restaurant where we were working again to see how the matter was. It was half past four.
We got on the chair lift again. When we arrived up, the worker of the chair lift said to us that he was going to finish his work at six o'clock, so we would have to hurry up but everything was going very slowly.
When we arrived at the restaurant, the mason was still perforating the floor, once he finished we started our work. However to unclog that pipe was very hard and it took a long time but at the end we did it.
When we looked at the time uffffffff!!!!!!!!!! It was six o'clock. We picked up everything hastily and we quickly went to the chair lift but the worker of the chair lift didn't want to go down with us.
We made a phone call to the Aramon's workers but they said to us we would have to wait for the machine that carries the food supplies to the restaurant at night. IT WAS INCREDIBLE, I SAID TO MYSELF!!!!!!!
Thus we had to wait until ten at night when the machine arrived. It was very cold on the journey in that machine. We reached to the village at half past eleven p.m and then we headed to Zaragoza.
We arrived at Zaragoza at two o'clock and I arrived home at quarter past two.
WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT WAS THE LONGEST DAY ON MY WORK LIFE.
How many hours was I away from home that day??? Do you know it????
I’d like to write about why I began to learn English, I started learning English because of my job, I explain it to you:
I work on a pharmaceutical factory, I started to work there seven years ago. Along this time the factory has grown a lot. Many new machines have come and many engineers have come too to get the new machines ready.
As I’m a maintenance technician, each time an engineer is coming one of us must go with the engineer to support him or her and learn as much as we can about the machine. At present at the department we are twenty-four technicians, but when I started to work here, we only were twelve technicians and each of us had and has some machine assigned.
I began with two assigned machines, however I controlled any machine which didn't work well and I fixed it.
Next year two new machines were coming and the boss offered me to assist to the engineer in everything he needed.
Obviously, as the engineer came from England, he didn't speak Spanish. To work with him was very difficult for me because I had never studied English, I understood nothing, he spoke very fast and technically, he used words such as drill, tap, screw, bolt, spanner, steam, boiler and many other different technical words. Many times he had to do the drawing of a nut or a washer if not, impossible to understand.
He stayed in Spain two weeks and I stayed with him every time at work. I finished very tired, d'you know the whole day thinking in English even I dreamt in English.
After that I began to learn English by myself with on-line courses but I didn't like it a lot because I didn’t have a teacher to correct my mistakes and pronunciation. Well, I was looking for one English course and my sister in-law told me about this course in La Puebla near her house, I said to her: 'It’s very good for me thanks, could you sign me up there please?' And she said to me: 'Of course'and I’m here.
Along this time many more machines has come, at this moment I‘m in charge of fifteen similar machines, and now I haven’t got time to fix another machines. Every time one machine comes, the engineer comes too and I have to go with him. The engineer comes once or twice each year and I go with him and practise my English, each year I notice I am understanding better.
Nowadays I am able to speak with him about many matters such as travels, holidays, family, even work.
For that reason I began to learn English: to grow in my job.
Do you think you could need English in your job?
Do you think it’s necessary to speak and understand English to find a job?
It's time to enrol to the EOI to do the examination. You have been and you are working hard, so don't be afraid of it and take your chance.
If you are interested in getting your EOI certification, it's time to do it. You just have to go to your nearest EOI and do the registration for the examinations.
The exams will be at the end of May and in June, but if you don't pass a part of them, you will have another opportunity in September to try to succeed in passing your failed parts.
If you want to do it in Zaragoza or in Utebo you have to do a pre-enrolment through the net from the 4thto the 10 th April2014 in any of the following websites: www.eoi1zaragoza.org, www.eoiflc.org or www.eoiutebo.com. And later the registration period is from the 6th to the 13 th May 2014. You can also choose the Zuera School of Languages to do the Basic and the Intermediate free examinations, in this case you don't need a pre-enrolment.
They are free examinations and you have the opportunity of getting the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced level in different languages.
I am Spanish woman. I am forty-five years
old. I live in Lugarico de Cerdan, at present I am not working. I am middle height and a bit plump. My hair is brown and my eyes are also brown. I am a
hard-working and cheerful person. I consider myself quite extrovert.